Hammer time! Thor's not just a comic book movie (really)

Thor DVD cover

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, coming to DVD this week, is more than just the latest superhero movie from Marvel Studios (tying in to the Iron Man and Hulk movies), it is also (loosely) based on classic Norse mythology. That combination gives those interested a lot to check out....

In 1962, Stan Lee thought it might be "fun" to use the Norse mythology as a starting point for a new character. The result was Thor.

The movie adaptation of the comic book deals with the Viking legend source material, introducing various Norse gods (though these versions are a lot more like their Marvel comics versions than the originals). Kenneth Branagh partially got the job directing because he was familiar with family troubles between classical royalty after his Shakespeare adaptations.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin


I liked this band's name so much that I just had to check them out, and hey--they're all right! Now is a good time to discover them, too, because they're coming to the Hi-Dive in Denver on November 30th after releasing a new album, Tape Club, on October 18th.

I heard about five snippets of SSLYBY's songs and decided in spite of myself that their indie pop tunes were fun, contagiously upbeat, and pretty awesome. Check out their Myspace page to listen to free mp3s, and don't miss their bio, which is worth a read for laughs (on the right side of the page above "contact"). You can also find them on Facebook. If you like what you hear, try out some of these bands through the library and see what you think:

Versatile, Sustainable, Influential Bamboo

Image: panda

Did you know that bamboo:

Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?

No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Phyllis Perry

Speaking Ill of the Dead

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people. Among these are Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park. Speaking Ill of the Dead is a delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Colorado.

Computer Guts

Inside a PC

Interested in how the stuff inside your computer works and want to know which part does what? Or maybe you're trying to upgrade your computer's hard drive?

Even if you're just curious, the Community Technology Center is offering a hands-on class to get to know your computer better! PC Hardware 101 will be held on September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Level 4 of the Central Library — and it's free! The CTC is staffed with talented people who are always eager to help you learn, so come and discover your computer's guts!

In Praise of Mary Doria Russell


Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

Be Green: Grow Food, Commute by Bike, and Read Books!

Sarah's Key

Looking for ways to be green in your life? Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this weekend!

What's greener than reading a book & sitting down to discuss it? Slow down your life with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club this Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Join the group for a cup of coffee and a discussion of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Seen the movie? Come discuss the differences!

Magazine of the Month - Make

Discover your inner geek with Make magazine.

Make is a quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media that focuses on do-it-yourself projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking as well as other crafts. Think of it as a younger hipper Popular Science.

Technology, Travel, and Retirement!

Social Security

Whether you have questions about Social Security and retirement, technology, or just want to virtually travel to India, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Got computer questions? Whether you want to know more about being safe online, sending email, the Denver Public Library catalog or databases, or how to download ebooks or audio ebooks from the DPL web site, our Tech Open House can help you feel safe and successful when using the computer! Bring your questions! Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Hannah Nordhaus on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Nordhaus is the author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America, which explores Colony Collapse Disorder and the story of beekeeper John Miller, who is on a mission to save the bees and the future of our food. Nordhaus is also an award winning journalist. Find out more about her on her web site. Special thanks to HarperCollins publishers for arranging this author visit.

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