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Colorado Authors Series Presents: Buzzy Jackson: Shaking the Family Tree

Shaking the Family Tree

Join the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series for Buzzy Jackson and James Jeffrey tonight, Monday September 26, at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Ms. Jackson is the author of Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. Learn about her genealogical journey, what she discovered about her own family, and the interesting community of genealogists she encountered. Joining her will be DPL's own in-house genealogy specialist, James Jeffrey.

Five Fall Favorites

When Harry Met Sally

Fall is here!

The leaves are turning and the color show has begun.

If you can't get enough of fall, these five flicks will keep you in the autumnal mood. Enjoy!

Tina Darling, Mommie's Home!

 Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.

 It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:

Library eBooks on Kindle!

Kindle

Denver Public Library’s eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle! Now you can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit our eMedia site.

We also offer eBooks and audio eBooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

While Waiting for The Hunger Games Movie...

Summer of the Apocalypse

Are you one of the teens or adults who loved Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and are wondering what to read while waiting for the movie to be released next spring?

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction is extremely popular right now. Here are some of the titles that some colleagues and I recently put together for a training on these topics. This post will concentrate on some favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. Look for some great dystopias in an upcoming post! What's the difference between dystopian & post-apocalyptic? In a nutshell: In a dystopia, there is a pseudo-utopian structure in society that has great flaws and the focus of the story is figuring out what is wrong and rebelling.

Let us bow our heads -- and write

Art from Ashes, Denver's great home for creative writing and poetry, teams up with Fresh City Life each month for our WordShop series!

Consider one of our writing workshops to get you involved in the arts. They're two-night events and you have a chance to learn new writing prompts and explore your own ideas around a theme each month. Check out these upcoming workshops and grab your composition book.

Ghosts in the Attic

14th Annual Booklovers Ball

Dust off your dress boots and saddle up for the 14th Annual Booklovers Ball: From the Wild West to the Digital Frontier.

Celebrate how the Denver Public Library preserves the past, enriches the future and blazes trails into the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2011. Denver Central Library. Cocktails, dining and dancing. Black Tie.

Tickets: http://dplfriends.org/events/ball.html

Is the Purple Pill Right for You? - Get Health Information Online

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. 

Learn more in our free class, Is the Purple Pill Right for You?

2045: A Story of Our Future

2045:  A Story of Our Future

As a general rule, I don't read much fiction.

However, I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopian pieces. Think Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). Confessional sidebar: I'm a much bigger fan of the film Blade Runner (which is, of course, based on Androids) than I am of the book. Both succeed, however, in firing the cylinders of the brain and sparking imagination.

Weekend Travel, Crafts, and Nutrition

Hand Sewn Felt Bunny

Want to travel to Guatemala, create a craft, or learn about how nutrition can affect AD/HD? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Start your weekend off at Bear Valley on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual trip to Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel recounts her time in Guatemala in 2008-9 and will share slides and stories covering the old capital city of Antigua, the shores of Lago Atitlan, and the mountains of Alta Verapaz.

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