Love Books? Make Your Own!

The Art of the Book

Love books and want to both learn about the history of the art of the book and how to make your own? Join us! Basic Book Arts: Creating Your Own Books on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

In this 2-hour class, you'll learn the basic tools, terms, history, and experience of book arts. You'll hand bind 2 or 3 different kinds of books, and explore Japanese stab binding, the accordion fold book, and more! We'll discuss and experiment with everything from cover design to using unique materials to the contents of your books (poetry, photos, drawings, etc). You will leave with at least 2 finished books and the knowledge of how to make books at home.

Get prepared by using Learning Express

Is a professional or academic test in your future? Then try Learning Express to get ready.

Available to Denver Public Library cardholders, Learning Express Library offers an exhaustive list of online preparation books and practice tests in areas including:

• Civil Service entrance exams
• Plumbing, electrical, firefighter
• Math, science, reading comprehension

Farm Fresh City

The farm is at your fingertips with Community Supported Agriculture.

Are you guilty of filling your fridge crisper with veggies and then ignoring them until they’re well-past their use-by date? Our Chef Shellie Kark, from KitchenCue, has teamed up with our friends at Whole Foods Market and the dedicated farmers from Grant Family Farms for a cooking demo series to inspire you to seek out the best produce for your table.

The view is spectacular from the Top of the Town

 Fresh City Life is Denver's best date night!

 Since 2004, Fresh City Life events and programs have offered many ways to become acquainted with Denver's vibrant and intellectual organizations, groups and individuals. One of the comments that I hear most often from people after attending an event is (and I'm paraphrasing), "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to spend time with my community." 

Get Mudbound


Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.

Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.

Book Club or Book Arts? Save a Tree, or Keep Chickens?

Playing With Books

Whether you want to talk about books or make them, restore your old furniture or learn about keeping chickens, Fresh City Life My Branch has the answer for you this week!

Have an old piece of furniture or a door hanging around that you keep thinking you'll restore, but have never gotten around to it or don't know how? Get inspired with Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!) on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 at the Bear Valley Branch. Irina Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading will teach you about how to best restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets.

The Pledge

Flags Kit Carson Colorado  © Laurie Spurling

What do the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Flag Code have to do with the Pledge of Allegiance?

Clergyman Francis Bellamy drafted his original 22 word sentence as a way to express "intelligent patriotism" in 1892.

Resources For Ex-Offenders

Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.

The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison.  Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.

Remember your first job?

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

If it was flipping burgers, then we've got just the book for you.

11 Years, 9 Months, and 5 Days

Movies that Tell the Story of America

Fourth of July fireworks

The holiday weekend promises to be a hot one! Stay cool inside with a movie about American history and culture.

As a child, I looked forward to the Fourth like it was Christmas in July. I wasn't especially patriotic or anything, it was just that the Fourth of July was the one day in the whole year when all of the kids ruled the neighborhood. We had a bike parade, an ice cream social, a block party that took up the whole street, and we shot off fireworks from the time we woke up until midnight, starting with caps and snakes in the daylight and ending with the most dramatic, colorful, and highest-flying for a nighttime spectacle (I didn't grow up in Denver so I wasn't breaking any laws!)

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