Research shows that over summer break thoughts of swimming and lemonade push out recently learned reading and math skills. Combat summer learning loss with gardening, not flash cards! Gardening is fun, educational, good exercise, and a great way to connect with your child.
Spring is here and it's time to start planning your garden. If you don't have a yard, get creative and plant your seeds in a window box like the little girl in Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. You can also use a large pot or go green and reuse a cardboard box or a basket.
Spend some time with your child as scientists observing your garden this spring and summer. Things to notice:
Do you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Graphic Novels? Join us at the brand new Geek Book Club, which will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of every month. Our first meeting is this upcoming Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m at the Schlessman Family Branch.
The first selection is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Ready Player One takes place in the not so distant future, where thanks to an energy crisis the world is a pretty bleak place. Luckily everyone can spend their time in the OASIS, a virtual world that is a lot more appealing than the real one. James Halliday, the creator of OASIS, dies and leaves the ticket to his entire fortune hidden in the game.
The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.
While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!
The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)
New York's famed Aquila Theatre is touring the country with their Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program and they are making a stop in Denver.
Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America focusing on inner-city, rural and underserved communities with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.
Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.
If not, we have other resources that can help.
There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.
Thanks to everyone who helped to celebrate the Schlessman Family Branch's 10th birthday over the weekend! Keep celebrating by attending another Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!
The birthday celebration continues tonight, Monday, March 12 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman with Monica Kadillak teaching us how to make Homemade Ice Cream and Toppings! Come get great ideas for your next sundae! Recipes and samples included!
Google is a very powerful tool, particularly if you know how to use it correctly. Try a few of the simple tips shared here, and you'll be on your way to Googling better!
All locations of the Denver Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 26, in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. Wait. Cesar who? Let's use Cesar Chavez to practice some advanced Google search techniques.
Let's Bring Back: one of the superstars of the 1980s kitchen -- Monkey Bread.
When I was in high school, my mom discovered a great recipe for turning refrigerator rolls into the most amazing pull-apart dessert bread. Called Monkey Bread, it was a favored recipe of the 1980s, partly because Nancy Reagan made it a staple at casual White House functions. But the origins of the name Monkey Bread are as murky as the origins of the recipe itself.