Digital Eye Strain: Don't be a Victim

According to the Vision Council, we're all spending so much time using digital devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and video games that it's resulted in an epidemic of digital eye strain -- a condition that can result in blurred or double vision, red, irritated, fatigued eyes, and headaches. Other symptoms might include those also found in "dry eye," such as a sensation of sand in the eyes, pain, difficulty in wearing contacts, or sensitivity to light.

Glitterville's Stephen Brown Knows How To Sparkle

As a boy, crafts and decorating guru Stephen Brown found himself in post-holiday doldrums after every big celebration, but he learned that through crafting for the next upcoming occasion he could turn those feelings around and literally "Make every day a holiday!"

After working as a costume designer for television and film in New York City, Stephen launched Glitterville, his successful line of giftware and holiday decor. He is the author of Glitterville's new holiday how-to book series and can be seen in Hollywood as a judge on TLC's Craft Wars hosted by Tori Spelling.

Fingerless Gloves: or How To Keep Warm and Be Cool While You Work On Your Screenplay At Your Favorite Coffee Shop

Photo by Kara Stanley

If you are banging out a new script and want to make sure that everyone at Starbuck's knows how serious you are about your art, be sure to wear fingerless gloves. They allow you free access to your laptop keys and your smart phone while at the same time communicating a grim dedication to your craft and your sense of fashion. Yeah, these are ridiculously chic. Come and knit a pair or two.  

Artist in Residence at Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Just Try It

Artist in Residence ​is Denver Public Library’s first Artist in Residency Program designed to support our local art community and encourage exploration of resources available at the Library. The chosen artist will be given a $500 stipend, be paired with a Library staff member to aid in researching the proposed topic and be provided with a space at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library to make new small-scale work.

Plaza Voices: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (Library of Congress)

This past June, the Library of Congress announced that the new Poet Laureate of the United States will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the first Latino author to hold the post. He was also the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2015.

Herrera has been called "an American original," whose poems "champion voices and traditions and histories, as well as a cultural perspective, which is a vital part of our larger American identity.” 

Mindfulness at Noon: Mindful Community Engagement

Living Life in Full Bloom

Though we may not always feel we are actively engaging with our communities, they are a valued resource that can bring so much to our lives. A thriving community takes care of one another, whether that be with programs and services, schools, gathering places, or neighbors that look out for one another.

Crickets - the Gateway Bug

Chopsticks with cricket

Back in the early '90s, I got into buying, preparing, and eating caterpillars on a fairly regular basis. They were smoked and crunchy/chewy and delicious cooked in a peanut butter sauce with onions and garlic and hot peppers. On one of many trips through the Central African rainforest, the rickety and over-stuffed bus I was on broke down and some of the women passengers disappeared into the thick trees only to return within the hour with handfuls of caterpillars wrapped in their shawls.  

Saturday Sessions: Live Music Performances at Central

Jason Klobnak performing on trumpet

The library's live music performances -- Saturday Sessions -- featuring great local and traveling musicians, has become a downtown destination event. The 2015 season continues next weekend with a concert showcasing Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn.

Ivory and Brass: Jason Klobnak and Paul Shinn
Saturday, August 22, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Extra! Extra! The Okee Dokee Brothers Will Perform a 2nd Free Show!

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Due to high demand for their upcoming free show at the Denver Public Library, The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform a 2nd free show at the Central Library on Saturday, August 22! In addition to their 2 p.m. show, the duo will also play at 11 a.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each show begins.

Creating a Frankenstein: How a 19-year-old Wrote the Best Horror Novel Ever

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (August 30, 1797 - February 1, 1851) was on vacation on the shores of Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816, and was not having any fun -- instead of the warm, cloudless days that she'd looked forward to, the weather was chilly and wet.

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