What is the Rocky Mountain Land Library?

Rocky Mountain Land Library

The Rocky Mountain Land Library's simple mission is to encourage a greater awareness of the land and access to stewardship tools so that we may work together to preserve our land.

Its 20,000 + volume natural history library is especially focused on the land and communities of the Rocky Mountains. The Land Library is currently engaged in a site search to provide both the shelves and proper environment for a truly unique residential land-study center.

Weekend: Meditate, Travel, Create, Can

Tao of Letting Go

Join Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend: learn to meditate, travel to Guatemala, create a magnet, or learn to preserve your garden's vegetables to enjoy all winter!

All these events are happening on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. How will you decide?

Needing a way to quiet your body, mind, and thoughts? Be introduced to Taoist Meditation at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch. Be introduced to the basic methods of sitting, quieting the mind, focusing the breath, and finding stillness. Basic theory of Taoist meditation and the concepts of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the three treasures of the human body will also be explored.

Message from City Librarian: Branches Won’t Close in 2012, But We Still Must Plan for the Future

Today, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the Denver Public Library will not have to close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012, which is great news for the short-term. However, we are still in dire need of a long-term sustainable funding solution to ensure the best-possible service to the Denver community.

The $32,104,500 budget proposed by Mayor Hancock would provide funding to maintain 2011 service levels: 18 of the 23 branches will be open four days (32 hours) a week; four branches will be open six days (48 hours) a week, and one branch will be open four days a week and a half day on Sunday (36 hours). The Central Library will be open 52 hours a week, with weekend hours from 1-5 p.m. In addition, the budget funds the new branch in Stapleton, at a service level of 32 hours per week.

2012 Budget Hearing Scheduled for September 20

The Denver Public Library Commission to hold public hearing on the 2012 Library Budget Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Michael Hancock announced on September 13, during his budget presentation to City Council that the Denver Public Library will not close any branches, or further reduce service hours in 2012. The Denver Public Library Commission is holding a Public Hearing about the 2012 Library budget to gather feedback and answer any questions Denver residents may have.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Carol Batrus

When Elephants Fly

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Batrus on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Batrus, Columbia University graduate and Wall Street survivor, shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of many in her memoir When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to Zululand. Unsatisfied with her life even after much success, Batrus traveled to Africa, where she learned to live without the gifts of modern infrastructure.

Are you a Single Parent?

50 wonderful ways to be a Single-Parent Family

Being a single mother or father can be very overwhelming!

There are so many responsibilities involved with being a parent and being single can certainly make it difficult. Coping with the idea of divorce for you and your children can make your head spin hundred degrees. The questions arise as to who will get to keep the children which days and which holidays. If the father or mother is not involved in the child's life it creates problems because children start to ask questions.

Different feelings arise and single parents might feel like they don't have the answers to their children's questions. Do you ever feel like there is nobody to help you out? Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Do you need help finding childcare for your children?

Then take a look at these books:

Retirement, Academic Fitness, and Travel Tips!

Smart Travel Tips

Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week, whether you're thinking about retirement, want to make sure your kids (or grandkids) are ready for school, or want some insider travel tips!

Tonight, September 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Schlessman representatives from the Social Security Administration and from Waddell & Reed, Financial Advisors will answer your questions in Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Learn how to estimate your Social Security benefits, if there is a "best age" to start receiving benefits, and if you can work and receive benefits at the same time.

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.

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