Versatile, Sustainable, Influential Bamboo

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Did you know that bamboo:

Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?

No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Phyllis Perry

Speaking Ill of the Dead

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people. Among these are Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History and It Happened in Rocky Mountain National Park. Speaking Ill of the Dead is a delightfully wicked look at the badly behaved characters who shaped the history of Colorado.

Computer Guts

Inside a PC

Interested in how the stuff inside your computer works and want to know which part does what? Or maybe you're trying to upgrade your computer's hard drive?

Even if you're just curious, the Community Technology Center is offering a hands-on class to get to know your computer better! PC Hardware 101 will be held on September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. on Level 4 of the Central Library — and it's free! The CTC is staffed with talented people who are always eager to help you learn, so come and discover your computer's guts!

In Praise of Mary Doria Russell


Do you love literary fiction? Historical fiction? Science fiction? This author is a rare find - someone who can cross genres with ease, style, and literary merit. She has won many national and international awards for her work. If you haven't read her, you should!

Many years ago, I discovered The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and loved it, but somehow with all of the other books on my list, I never revisited her work. Then, this year, Doc hit our featured titles table. I snagged a copy and devoured it in three days. It was so good, I was compelled to read every work of fiction she ever wrote.

Be Green: Grow Food, Commute by Bike, and Read Books!

Sarah's Key

Looking for ways to be green in your life? Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this weekend!

What's greener than reading a book & sitting down to discuss it? Slow down your life with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club this Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Join the group for a cup of coffee and a discussion of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Seen the movie? Come discuss the differences!

Magazine of the Month - Make

Discover your inner geek with Make magazine.

Make is a quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media that focuses on do-it-yourself projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking as well as other crafts. Think of it as a younger hipper Popular Science.

Technology, Travel, and Retirement!

Social Security

Whether you have questions about Social Security and retirement, technology, or just want to virtually travel to India, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Got computer questions? Whether you want to know more about being safe online, sending email, the Denver Public Library catalog or databases, or how to download ebooks or audio ebooks from the DPL web site, our Tech Open House can help you feel safe and successful when using the computer! Bring your questions! Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Hannah Nordhaus on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Nordhaus is the author of The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Million Honey Bees Help Feed America, which explores Colony Collapse Disorder and the story of beekeeper John Miller, who is on a mission to save the bees and the future of our food. Nordhaus is also an award winning journalist. Find out more about her on her web site. Special thanks to HarperCollins publishers for arranging this author visit.

Don't let a bad movie ruin a good book

The moment I heard that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was being made into a movie, I was thrilled.

I've seen so many good movies set in scenic places in China or by Chinese directors: Raise the Red Lantern; The Last Emperor; Ju Dou; Farewell My Concubine; Lust, Caution...

What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying

bully girl

Bullies used to have to do their dirty work face-to-face, lurking on the school playground or outside the neighborhood 7-11. These days bullying also happens online, on social networking sites, in emails, and via text message. Check out these online resources for facts on cyberbullying, how to help prevent it, and what to do when it happens.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying

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