eBooks for eReaders

By now, most of you know about the eBooks you can download from Denver Public Library, but do you know about other places you can go to get free eBooks for your Nook, Kindle or other eReader? There are many sites out there that have taken books out of their copyright and digitized them for public consumption. They are free, and you never have to return them.

Because most of these titles are outside of copyright, you are not looking at current best sellers. But if you want to get your Shakespeare or Austen on, you've come to the right place. I have actually found a few surprises in some of the catalogs, including some Kurt Vonnegut, P.G.


Textile artist, author and socialist William Morris famously said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

I was reminded of this quote the first time I saw the crazily hoarded house that my elderly in-laws inherited from a friend who had died. Since the house had to be sold, it first had to be made presentable, and my husband and I were enlisted to help.

Happy Birthday, Amanda Peet!

a photograph of American actor Amanda Peet

Born on January 11, 1972, native New Yorker Amanda Peet turns 40 today.

Peet's career took time to build, with the actor spending a lot of her time on television and in ensemble pictures before The Whole Nine Yards brought her more prominent attention. She's now starred in over forty films.

Saturday: Design Your Home Library or Create Your Urban Homestead

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

This Saturday, join Fresh City Life My Branch for one of these special events! The Colorado Authors Series presents Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, or learn how to arrange your home library with Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books.

Aspiring urban homesteaders! Gather at the Schlessman Family Branch at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 to get started with Sundari Kraft. With her book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly — and save money and time — in an urban environment.

TumbleBookLibrary - eBooks for eKids!


The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks -- animated, talking picture books -- with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.

A growing selection of Tumblebooks are available for iPad. Take a look at the TumbleBooks iPad Collection.

View TumbleBooks online - no need to check them out but you must have an internet connection and a library card.

Tech, Crafts, and Music!

Knitting for Dummies

What do you want to learn this week? Knitting? Guitar? How to use your new eReader? Fresh City Life My Branch has it all for you!

Maybe your New Year's resolution is to finally learn to play that guitar or ukulele that's been sitting in your closet? Join us starting tonight, Monday, January 9, at the Ross-Broadway Branch for So You Want to Play…Guitar? Ukulele? at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn how to choose an instrument, what accessories you need, and more! Space is limited, please register: 720-865-0135 or

New York Times Current, Wall Street Journal and more

The New York Times

Current issues of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and several other major papers are now available online from National Newspapers Core.

  • New York Times: June 1980-current
  • Wall Street Journal: January 1984-current
  • Christian Science Monitor: October 1988-current
  • Los Angeles Times: January 1985-current
  • Washington Post: January 1987-current

Did Santa bring you a new gadget?

Maybe an iPad? A digital camera? A new phone? Not sure where to start or how to get the most out of your new device? No matter what your new tech toy is, the Community Technology Center at the Central Library can help!

Here are just a few of the FREE classes happening soon:

Ask the Gadget Guy!
(1st Saturday of every month)
Saturday, January 7, 2 - 4 p.m.

FREE Online Entertainment!
Monday, January 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

eBooks for Tablets and Smartphones
Tuesday, January 10, 6 - 7 p.m.

All classes held in the Community Technology Center, Level 4, Central Library. No registration required.

Fresh City Life My Branch--Back in Action in 2012!

The Wichita Divide

Fresh City Life My Branch is back with a diverse, fun, and educational schedule of events for January & February! Check out the whole schedule here. Some upcoming highlights include:

Our first Colorado Authors Series event of 2012 is with Stephen Singular on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman. Mr. Singular is a 2-time New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. His first book was Talked to Death about the murder of Denver radio personality, Alan Berg.

Hair Loss

Women and Alopecia: Managing Unexplained Hair Loss

Hair loss is never easy. It can affect individuals of all ages, including children.

People may be undergoing treatment for cancer or they may be healthy. Appearance is very important in our society so there is always the question of how to live with hair loss and still look attractive. Some individuals wear wigs, hats or go bald. Fortunately for us who live with hair loss the web can provide important information, support, and resources.

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