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Why not have a Labor Day Party

The first Labor Day  was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, and who we have to thank for its creation is hotly disputed. 

Was it Peter Mcguire or Matthew Maguire?  Whichever camp you're in, you can celebrate the American worker (and get rid of the overage from your garden) by hosting a Labor Day party. 

Manage Your Money - Online!

It's possible to do just about anything online these days, including applying for Social Security benefits and managing your personal finances.  Our community partners, the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union, will show you how in back-to-back classes this Thursday, September 1, at 2 pm and 3 pm

The Community Technology Center is pleased to welcome instructors from the Social Security Administration and Denver Community Credit Union.

Introduction to Social Security Online

Thursday, September 1, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Downtown street closures this weekend

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Several streets around the Central Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for the exciting conclusion to the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The final stage will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2011 with a free party in Downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. The seven-day, 500-mile race across Colorado will end with live national television coverage on NBC and an estimated Denver crowd of 50,000.

Riders are expected to cross the finish line at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Broadway directly in front of the Colorado State Capitol after completing six loops on a circuit that encompasses portions of Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue, continuing through Downtown Denver next to Civic Center Park and then across the finish line on Broadway. Free festivities for spectators, including concerts and bike demos, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on race day in the park. After the awards ceremony, the Flobots will perform a free concert for all spectators in Civic Center Park.

Now in Theaters

The Help Movie Poster

Will The Help top the box office for a 2nd weekend? The former One Book One Denver pick has viewers disagreeing over how closely the film follows the book. The film, Sarah's Key, based on the book by Tatiana de Rosnay also enthralls audiences.

More Books with Film Versions in Theaters:

Parenting 2.0: Free Parenting Series

Raising Kids WHo Love to Read

A free parenting series begins September 8. Nannies, caregivers, grandparents and teachers are also welcome!

The Eugene Field Branch Library will be hosting a free parenting series on four consecutive Thursday evenings in September, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Experts in the fields of parent education, finance, health literacy development will present logical, common sense techniques to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming job of caring for your child.

The classes are free, but each session is limited to 30 participants so registration is required by calling 720-865-0240. These classes are intended for adults only, so please arrange for child care.

Schedule

The Thievery Corporation Invite You To Pick Up A Protest Sign And March Into The "Culture Of Fear" Alongside Them....

Album Cover to Thievery Corporation's - Culture Of Fear

Like James Bond returning to England, the slick and stylish duo of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza return to our nation's capital to unleash a soundtrack of hope and truth, this time focused on another region in peril: their own backyard.

As the opening track 'Web Of Deception' begins you can almost picture a black 1976 Gran Torino pull up outside the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington DC. The doors open slowly and two gentlemen in dapper suits, dark shades, and briefcases get out, they both turn to the pulsing cities nighttime profile, settling on the elegantly lit Capitol building and shake their heads in unison before silently striding into the club to get to work.

Jefferson County Symphony

Most mothers who are trying raise three small boys while making extra money by cleaning houses aren't thinking of learning to play the violin.  Rose Ann Taht, reference librarian at the Central Library, was doing just that, though, back in the mid-70's.

Alongside 3-year old Mark, who was learning to play Suzuki style, she used her background in piano and saxophone to study the violin traditionally.  Nowadays, Rose Ann plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, performing pop, classical and holiday-themed selections, usually at the Green Center in Golden.  Last fall I spent the best $20.00 of my life when I saw the Fall program which featured the orchestra, in costume, performing selections from "

Computers, History, and Crafts!

It's never too early to look ahead and plan your upcoming week. Whether you need to fix up your resume, learn some computer skills, or try your hand at knitting, there is plenty for you to enjoy at these Fresh City Life My Branch events!

Do you think you know Colorado History? Well learn about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Colorado history at this great program, presented by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. Hear stories that didn’t make it into the history books about Speer, Iliff, Lowry, Elitch, and others. This event is happening at the Ross-University Hills Branch on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m.

I'm all knotted up

crocheting

It's been said that when one crochets (or knits) all your troubles dissolve. I'm here to say, it's true!

Crocheting is like meditating. One pretty knot leads into another, building a creation of your own for yourself or as a gift. Soon one row is complete and then another. Soon a few minutes have passed, then an hour. Each knot is like a breath, a dance of fingers that create a whimsical design, a skirt, a scarf, something made from structure into love. I've lost myself in blankets, hats, and sweaters and the end result was a better frame of mind.

LIBRARIAN ON VACATION? - ONE FOR THE BOOKS!

If you met me at the Reference Desk, you'd be surprised to find that I spent my vacation on the back of a big, red Harley Davidson, touring Colorado and Wyoming for 10 days.  At 64, I'm still a fledgling 'Biker Babe,' and this was my first long-distance trip.  I was a little apprehensive about those wide, open spaces, but with a little 'wild West' research in advance, the scenery really came to life!

The first leg of our trip took us to Estes Park, over Trail Ridge Road.  Roadside History of Colorado was the perfect book to learn about the early days of the Big Thompson Canyon, when Indians called it a trail.  By 1902, developing tourism in Estes demanded a road, and by 1904 the trip between Loveland and Estes could be made in a mere two days!  Northwestern Colorado became ranching country in the late 1800's, but it also became a war zone as cattlemen and sheepmen vied for the grass and water of the open r

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