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Have You Reserved Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night

Do you love FREE adult programs? Want to support the library's Fresh City Life My Branch adult programs? Tickets to Novel Night are going fast! Have you signed up yet? And just what is Novel Night??

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schlessman Family Branch Library

What: A fundraiser to benefit Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Bear Valley, Ross-Broadway, Ross-Cherry Creek, Ross-University Hills, and Schlessman Family branches of the Denver Public Library.

2012 Audie Award Nominees

First Grave on the Right

The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word performance, and are presented by the Audio Publishers Association. Here are some of the 2012 nominees owned by DPL:

Bossypants, Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey (Biography/Memoir, Humor)

Here Comes Trouble, Michael Moore, narrated by Michael Moore (Biography/Memoir)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, narrated by Maya Angelou (Classic)

March into Spring!

A Defining Moment: Barack Obama

While there may still be a chill in the air, Fresh City Life My Branch is ready for spring! Join us for a program this week!

Get ready for spring flower with Make & Take Studio: Throw & Sow Seed Balls on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Schlessman! Get a little dirty making these balls that will produce summer flowers!

Explore, Paint, and Explore Some More!

Do your weekend plans include a Fresh City Life My Branch program? They will after reading about the offerings over the next few days!

Wanting to explore, but don't want to go very far from home? We have 2 travel programs to take you away:

Explore Siberia on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch: This slide show will give you a tour through this remote land, including architecture, ruins, the countryside, and the Lake Baikal region. Presented by Margaret Donaven, retired DPS teacher with a passion for travel and photography.

What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

Akata Witch

Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

The Mystery of Taxes

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Tax season got you baffled? Or need a good mystery to get your mind off of your taxes? Join Fresh City Life My Branch for a program this week!

Choose from 2 sessions of Tax Season: Planning and Strategizing this week! Either today, Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek or Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at Ross-University Hills. Both individuals and small business owners can learn how to maximize their returns with 10 strategies that will help you get the most out of your tax return.

Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The 2012 winner of the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award was recently announced:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Runners up:

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

Feel the Love with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

What do you love? Books? Crafts? Tea? Bread? Dogs? Building stuff with Lincoln Logs? Share your passion--or find a new one--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Love knitting? Share your knowledge at Sit 'n Knit at Bear Valley, Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Beginners can learn from experts!

The Books on Broadway group will be discussing Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Flint Whitlock

The Beasts of Buchenwald

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Flint Whitlock, author of The Beasts of Buchenwald, this Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Mr. Whitlock is an author and military historian specializing in World War II. Three of his books have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. He has appeared on The History Channel and in various documentaries, and often leads battlefield tours. For the past two years, he has been the editor-in-chief of a national magazine, WWII History.

Travel, Retire, Craft!

Novel Night

Want to learn how to Secure Your Retirement? How about how to Travel Like a Flight Attendant? Just want to make something with your hands? Join us this week!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of offerings for you this week! Come to one class, come to them all!

Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek, learn all about Securing Your Retirement. Understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan, and examine the changing landscape of retirement today. Leave with a list of ways you can plan for, and achieve, your retirement goals!

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