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The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Arthur Ashe

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

Ode to Japanese Authors

Yukio Mishima

I've always been taken on an interesting journey exploring the terrain of Japanese novels.

Japanese authors offer an array of characters reaching from the subtle layers mist to an ocean of depth and current in character development, so much so the characters become imprinted into our imagination.

Some authors to read:

This Weekend: Yoga, Bees, and Candles

Keeping Honey Bees

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot to offer this weekend, whether you're looking to learn about yoga, beekeeping, want to hear an author read, or make a candle in a teacup! All of these adult events are happening on Saturday, May 7:

Interested in urban beekeeping? Denver beekeeper Siobhan Keleher will talk about helpful books, websites, and local organizations for the beginning beekeeper, along with an overview of bees and equipment. She'll also answer questions about types of hives, styles of beekeeping, and how to decide what's right for you. 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

BUDGET UPDATE: Building for the Library's Future

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

In May we will be celebrating two major milestones in Denver Public Library's history — the groundbreaking for the new branch library at Stapleton and the completed renovations of the Central Library.

I often find myself explaining how the Library has managed to renovate many of our locations, open a new branch at Green Valley Ranch, and plans to build two more branches in Stapleton and in West Denver as we are facing the possibility of closing branches to meet our 2012 budget reduction target.

Laws of Physics and Fashion: Yo-Yos Do Come Back

Sample of a classic yo-yo quilt.

 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." -- Yves Saint Laurent

 

 Yo-yo quilting is a humble craft -- developed by creative Depression-era homemakers to use up bits of fabric for practical objects -- usually quilts and coverlets. (The top photo is a good example of this kind of quilting.) The product is homey, sensible and, in the right hands, can have a wonderful sense of design and movement.

 

Parks

Need a place to play and rest?

Parks are wonderful places to play, hike, skateboard, play with a dog, take a walk, spend time with a significant other or do a variety of other activities. With many trees just beginning to flower, it is a great time to plan a visit so you can dream of summer. DPL has books and DVDs about state and national parks here in Colorado.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Cort McMeel

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Cort McMeel, author of Short, at Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Short is Mr. McMeel's debut novel, and it's a thrilling voyeuristic tour through the subculture of high-stakes energy trading and the larger than life men who run our markets. These men inhabit a world of intense stress, gluttony, and deception. Mr. McMeel received his MFA from Columbia University, and has worked both as a commodity broker and energy trader throughout his 13-year career in the power markets. He lives in Stapleton.

Be Smart About Fraud, Knit, and Visit with the Ghosts of Colorado!

Fresh City Life My Branch has exciting programs for you this week!

On Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at SchlessmanFamily Branch you can learn how to Outsmarting Investment Fraud. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation will teach you about the basics of safe investing, including questions to ask before making investment decisions, how to verify if an investment product or professional is legitimate, how to identify and report investment fraud, and common fraud tactics and how to avoid them.

M is for the Million Things She Gave Me

Still from The Donna Reed Show

“There has always been a food processor in the kitchen. But once upon a time she was usually called the missus or Mom.” -- Sue Berkman

 

This Sunday, we're throwing a little party in honor of Moms everywhere. We hope that you can come -- and bring your Mom!

First, Chef Shellie Kark is going to take us on a tour of New York Jewish Deli cuisine, with her demo and sampling of traditional knishes. YUMMM.

But that's not enough! Our friends at Whole Foods Market have chipped in so that we can serve a sweet deli finish -- like rich cheesecake. And we just might have a surprise or two for our Mom's.

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