Picnics, Sewing, and Parenthood!

Sewing Techniques

Hungry for some picnic food? Or just for some information? Either way, Fresh City Life My Branch has you covered this week!

Start your week by dreaming of the picnic you'll have on your next day off! Enjoy the great Colorado outdoors (if it ever cools off!) with these creative recipes for your picnics or hikes that will have you forgetting that you ever settled for sandwiches and chips! Recipes and samples included! Picnic Foods, Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

ThunderCats, Ho!

They say you can never go back, but I guess you can reboot. Two of my favorite childhood TV shows return to the big and small screens this summer. In addition to The Smurfs film, Cartoon Network has relaunched ThunderCats! While the beloved Rankin & Bass animation has changed, many improvements have been made to the storyline and plot.

I must admit, I tried re-watching the original series a few years ago and was shocked that I could ever have enjoyed such a melodramatic, strange series. I thought that even as a child, my preferences were witty and urbane, emotionally complex, even. Re-watching the original series left me feeling old, disillusioned, and newly aware of just how golden memories of times gone by can really be. The updated series, based on the pilot alone, is a significant improvement and was delightful to watch.

Honest to Goodness

What I like about Anthony Bourdain is that he delivers the honest to goodness truth.

His writing on his experience in the kitchen is accessible. It's as if Mr. Bourdain is sitting across the table from you with a cup of coffee (or beer) and giving you the lowdown on the area's restaurants. His travels are honest and inspiring. He delivers his take on food and life with a punch, cutting to the real heart of the matter.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a new Primus album!


Can it really be? After a 12 year hiatus, Primus is back together as their original, pre-studio-recording lineup, with a new album and a summer tour. The Primusphere is brimming with anticipation, wondering what this bass-driven, carnivalesque rock group is about to hit us with.

Primus debuted with the album Frizzle Fry in 1990. I won't attempt to accurately report their full and long history, but I'll do my best at the gist--by this time, after playing locally in California for years, the band had already split with their old drummer, Jay Lane, and went big with Tim Alexander, with whom they recorded many of their albums.


Yes, there are many books, essays, articles, and poems written about Che Guevara's life. So, how about a movie portrayal?

When I first saw the movie Che, parts 1 and 2, I was taken by the location, the cinematography, Benicio del Toro's performance, and the screenplay. We pretty much understand Che's legacy. What was intriguing about the movie, aside from the portrayal's of Che's life, is how the cinematographers captured the richness of the land. The hardships of a revolutionary's life embedded in fighting for the soil beneath their feet.

Blog! Blog! Blog! Learn how to Blog!


What is a “blog” anyway?  For starters, you’re reading one right now. has several blogs, and they seem to be popping up all over the internet; they have been for years.  But what are they?

“Blog” is short for “web blog.”  Typically a blog will have some sort of theme, whether it’s an organization’s blog like this one, a blog about a specific topic (say, cats saying absurd things, or things to do in Denver when you're broke) or a personal  diary (not too personal though because it’s being shared with the public).  Some blogs are text-based while others tend to post videos and images.&n

Romance of the Paranormal Variety

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

We have all been inundated by vampires as love objects but how about a few of their other supernatural brothers? There is more to paranormal romance than just bloodsuckers. There are Djinn, Werewolves and Barghests oh my! Not to mention some others that are just "other."

While not your average bodice rippers, here are some great reads to get you ready for RomCon next week!

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler is the first in a wonderful series that introduces Jane True, a selkie who never knew. Now she finds herself in a whole new world, and while her first love interest is a vampire, there is someone else lingering at the edges that just might be the one!

Tips to Manage your Holds for Books, CDs and DVDs

My Account: Holds

In the new library catalog, you have a lot more power over your account than you used to have. Here are some tips to manage your Holds.

Use My Account to keep track of your holds. Select Holds in the My Account submenu.

To Cancel Holds

KIDS - Recommended New Books

Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids.  If you're looking for some new titles to keep you reading until school begins, here are some that we recommend.

Younger Readers:

Bodies, Rest and Motion

Tai Chi

Truth: A body in motion stays in motion.

Though I have never witnessed a Tai Chi demonstration in real life, I've always loved the scenes in films of Tai Chi practitioners all moving in synchronized and poetic slow motion -- an oddly pastoral scene for an urban setting. The setting for these scenes is usually the park of a large metropolitan city. This adds to its mystic of being not only good exercise, but also a way to decompress from stresses of big city life.

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