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Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926, turns 85 today! Brooks has been the recipient of the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and the Grammy. What is your favorite Mel Brooks' film?

Mel Brooks is the writer and/or director of these great films:

What is KeyTrain and what's in it for me?

Denver The Mile High City

Are you a job seeker? Have you wondered what KeyTrain is all about? Are you currently employed but looking for a new opportunity? Perhaps a KeyTrain session is just what you need!

If you're looking to increase your job skills and employability, KeyTrain sessions are a good place to start. KeyTrain is an online interactive learning tool used as a pretest and remedial tool to pass the WorkKeys CareerReady Colorado Certificate in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. This certificate shows employers that you've got what it takes to get the job done!

YA? Why Not?

Huntress

It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

Mark Your Calendar Now: Fresh City Life My Branch in July

Dom Testa: The Cassini Code

Time to get all those Fresh City Life My Branch events onto your calendar for July! Whether you want to do some crafting, meet a Colorado author, arrange flowers, eat some picnic food samples, or hear about the space program, we've got the event for you!

See the complete listing here. Some highlights include:

Colorado Authors Series:

Dom Testa, author of the Galahad Series and local radio personality, Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman

Cello Rock!

Ian Cooke

Who says the cello is just a classical music instrument? In recent years, a whole slew of cello rock bands have popped up, overturning old paradigms and revealing how surprisingly apt the instrument is to other music styles, not to mention spicing up the often guitar-dominated arena of rock genres. If you're curious, check out the music; two big names will even be coming to play concerts in a town near you this July!

Rasputina is arguably the reigning queen of cello rock; after they pioneered their way onto the scene in 1996 with their debut album Thanks For the Ether, garnering a cult following and performing with the likes of Nirvana, a whole bunch of other up and coming cellists have begun to share the limelight.

Skip to the head of the line

21 by adele

Tired of waiting on hold for Adele's latest, 21?

With over 500 people on hold it may seem as though you're never going to get your hands on that cd. So...jump the queue. Cut the line. How? By checking out Freegal.

Freegal is a collection of popular, drm-free (legally downloadable) music. With your Denver Public Library card you get to download three tracks each week. Did I mention these downloads are free? And legal?!

From Dragons to Snowmen

The Snowman

If you devoured Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy and are looking for your next read try Jo Nesbø's The Snowman.

Simply stated, I could not put this novel down. The Snowman is the fifth title in Nesbø's series featuring Detective Harry Hole. This book is well-written, suspenseful and downright creepy at times and it's no wonder why Nesbø (whose first name is pronounced Yo) is being compared to both Larsson and Henning Mankell.

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Harry and the Potters Concert at the Central Library

Harry and the Potters

Are you ready to rock? Join us on Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center for a free concert with Harry and the Potters!

Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and instead started using the power of rock and roll to fight evil. This is Harry and the Potters: the original wizard rock band! Join us as they return to the Denver Public Library on their first tour of libraries since they last visited us back in 2007. Paul and Joe DeGeorge started this band in 2002 when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23. They played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard.

Great lakes and BBQ apps

Summer is here - time for summer trips and outdoor fun.

Looking for ideas for fun trips in Colorado? How about cooling off at one of Colorado's alpine lakes. The June issue of 5280 has an article on seven great alpine lakes in Colorado - including Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon - just designated a National Natural Landmark.

The Big Man Will Be Missed

Big Man

The music world lost one of it's biggest and brightest when Clarence Clemons passed away this Saturday. The Big Man was a favorite of many E Street Band fans and thrilled all with his colorful and soulful saxophone playing.

Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales by Clarence Clemons and Don Reo is a collection of stories from his life and a peek at his experiences and adventures.

Here are a few of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band CDs available at Denver Public Library:

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