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Colorado Authors Series Presents Flint Whitlock

The Beasts of Buchenwald

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Flint Whitlock, author of The Beasts of Buchenwald, this Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Mr. Whitlock is an author and military historian specializing in World War II. Three of his books have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. He has appeared on The History Channel and in various documentaries, and often leads battlefield tours. For the past two years, he has been the editor-in-chief of a national magazine, WWII History.

501 BLUE JEANS - A RIVETING STORY

According to Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor, the average American woman owns 7.2 pair of jeans, at an average cost of $37.41 each.

Does seven pair seem like enough? I was relieved to find that I own only about twice the average number: 13.75 (one pair is "Capri" length).

Most people think of blue jeans as an American phenomenon, but they were first worn by sixteenth century Genovese sailors as their everyday pants and were made of a coarse cotton/wool blend.

Travel, Retire, Craft!

Novel Night

Want to learn how to Secure Your Retirement? How about how to Travel Like a Flight Attendant? Just want to make something with your hands? Join us this week!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of offerings for you this week! Come to one class, come to them all!

Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek, learn all about Securing Your Retirement. Understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan, and examine the changing landscape of retirement today. Leave with a list of ways you can plan for, and achieve, your retirement goals!

Don’t forget to backup!!!

computer fail

Many of us are familiar with this scenario: You’ve just spent a lot of time working hard at the computer when the computer turns off unexpectedly or crashes. Or maybe it catches a virus that destroys the whole system! Without a way to retrieve your data, all that hard work is gone. To save time and avoid frustration, start getting in the habit of backing up.

A few of my favorite backup software choices are:

Winter Lego Contest

This December the families of Denver were able to participate in an exciting LEGO contest. Last year the contest took place at the Schlessman Family Branch in December and January, and this year it was expanded to six branches, as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch program. Hopefully next year even more branches will be able to participate!

The theme for 2012 was “Supersonic World – 2012 and Beyond!” and each participant was asked to create an original scene (no LEGO sets) inspired by this futuristic theme. There were categories for adults, teens, children, and a family category, and each entry had to fit in a shoebox sized space. There were 14 total entries from Bear Valley, University Hills, Smiley, and the Schlessman libraries and the judging took place on January 14th at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Bad Romance in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Love is forever...but it seems longer.

Whether you're a lover of love or a conscientious objector, Bette Davis' 1941 confection The Great Lie will have you on the edge of your seat -- it's a love thriller. The twists and turns on the way to the ending (happy for some, stoic for others) are custom made for two of Hollywood's notorious scenery-chewers: Bette Davis and Mary Astor. 

Coffee and Chocolate Tasting at our Anti-Valentine's Day Party

Dear Cupid,

Just stay out of our way.

XOXO, 

Fresh City Life

Last night was pretty fantastic here at Fresh City Life. We rechristened our partnership with Curious Theatre Company through Voices From the Front Lines -- a staged reading of works written by military veterans of contemporary wars. Several of the pieces had been written through a special program sponsored by Lighthouse Writers Workshop. There were tears and even laughter -- and our audience was rapt!

Couples collaborating: Woodward and Newman

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

While many married Hollywood couples collaborate, not many do so with as many films or over as many decades as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward did... and still do.

When Paul Newman retired from acting in 2002, eight years before his death (except for voicing "Doc Hudson" in 2006's Cars), he stayed active in filmmaking. His widow, Joanne Woodward, has just signed on to executive produce a project Newman had been putting together.

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

Is it in Your Future to Attend a Library Program?

Write your own fortune this week, and predict that you will attend a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, February 4!

There are numerous options for all the crafters out there who want to exercise their creativity before watching the big game this weekend! All of these events are happening on Saturday, February 4 as part of our Make & Take Studio Series:

10 a.m.: Felt Fortune Cookies at Schlessman. Write your own creative fortunes and swap prophetic one-liners with your fellow crafters as you make these sweet treats!

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