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


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.


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


image Raymond Chandler

"It is not a fragrant world"

   --Raymond Chandler

Born in 1888, Raymond Chandler was, along with Dashiell Hammett, hugely influential in the creation of the modern American detective novel. Gritty, luxurious, mid-century Los Angeles is the setting for his seven Philip Marlowe mysteries, most notably The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays for highly successful adaptations of James M.

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

Your life might improve after a color theory class if:

you have any of these clothes in your closet.

Color is visual. I'll let these photos make the argument for learning a little color theory.

Click on each photo to complete the sentence Your life might improve after a color theory class if:


Color in the Real World
Thursday, August 25, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Fresh City Lounge
Registration Required

Your Mind: Prison or Paradise?

Sucker Punch Movie Image

After recently watching Sucker Punch, I was struck with the similarities and differences with another recent and complex film, Inception.

In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll's reality is that she has been unfairly institutionalized by her stepfather. But in her mind, she transports herself to a world where instead of an institution, she is sold into a brothel/nightclub but at least has the friendship of her fellow dancers/inmates. Even within that world, she must escape further into her mind as she dances - this time into a world of action and adventure, swords and machine guns.


Lon Chaney was born April 1, 1883, in Colorado Springs to deaf parents.  This contributed to his versatility as a silent film star as he became greatly skilled in communicating through pantomime, animated facial expression and sign language.


Crafts, Food, and Books!


Have the rest of your week planned yet? Add some of these Fresh City Life My Branch events to your calendar!

Maybe you have a piece of furniture lying around in your basement or garage that you've been meaning to restore. Don't let it languish any longer! Learn about Restoring Your Old Wood Furniture with Denver Urban Homesteading expert Irina Bertini. You'll learn about bringing new life to antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets, as well as sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, and where to get inexpensive materials.

Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

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