Is there strength in the bond between human beings and animals?

The Elephant Keeper Book Cover

Explore the bond between animal and human in all its depth and beauty . . .

I love animals, and my heart has a special spot for the mighty, intelligent elephant. As I browsed through the stacks one day, I found The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson. What a treasure!

Facebook Changes that Help You Protect Yo'self

If you use Facebook you’ve noticed some pretty big changes in the function and layout of your page-especially your newsfeed. You can learn about the whole host of changes at the Facebook help center but I wanted to give you a quick rundown on how the new digs affect your ability to protect your privacy.

And I have good news- in my opinion, things have improved. Here’s why:

Get FRESH This Week!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

Ready to travel to Africa, connect with your crafty side, go to a free concert, or learn to read tea leaves? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

Travel to another continent without leaving Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Smiley Branch with Traveling Librarian: African Safari. Pictures and stories included!


What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.

Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Buzzy Jackson: Shaking the Family Tree

Shaking the Family Tree

Join the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series for Buzzy Jackson and James Jeffrey tonight, Monday September 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Jackson is the author of Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. Learn about her genealogical journey, what she discovered about her own family, and the interesting community of genealogists she encountered. Joining her will be DPL's own in-house genealogy specialist, James Jeffrey.

Five Fall Favorites

When Harry Met Sally

Fall is here!

The leaves are turning and the color show has begun.

If you can't get enough of fall, these five flicks will keep you in the autumnal mood. Enjoy!

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Library eBooks on Kindle!


Denver Public Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle! Now you can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit our eMedia site.

We also offer eBooks and audio eBooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

While Waiting for The Hunger Games Movie...

Summer of the Apocalypse

Are you one of the teens or adults who loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and are wondering what to read while waiting for the movie to be released next spring?

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is extremely popular right now. Here are some of the titles that some colleagues and I recently put together for a training on these topics. This post will concentrate on some favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. Look for some great dystopias in an upcoming post! What's the difference between dystopian & post-apocalyptic? In a nutshell: In a dystopia, there is a pseudo-utopian structure in society that has great flaws and the focus of the story is figuring out what is wrong and rebelling.

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

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