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Coming Soon – 2012 Building Contest!

The Lego Ideas Book

Start planning now for the Fresh City Life My Branch 2012 Building Contest! Entries will be accepted between January 3-13. What will you build? See below for guidelines, and branches for official entry forms!

2012 Lego Contest Guidelines
Create a scene using our “Supersonic World – 2012 and Beyond!” theme using Legos! Creativity is a must, so all entries must come straight from your imagination (i.e., no Lego sets). Prizes will be awarded in adult, child (by age group), teen, and family categories. Judging will be held at the Bear Valley branch on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at noon.

It's That Time of Year Again...

Blood, Bones & Butter

I enjoyed doing a nontraditional favorites of the year list last year, so thought I'd compile my favorite reads of 2011, in various categories, as the year comes to a close.

Favorite Cookbook:
Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites.
Everything I've done from this book so far has been wonderful. The Brie & Apple Tart will be Christmas morning breakfast at our house, and later we'll have the Rocky Road Pie!

Books & Knitting to End the Year

The Girls from Ames

If you need a break from holiday madness, how about a Fresh City Life My Branch program? We'll soon be taking a holiday break, so join us while you can!

Bear Valley's Sit 'n Knit group meets on Tuesday, December 13 from 10:30-12:30. New to knitting or just want to share your know-how, this is the group for you!

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

Do You Know Baby Doe?

Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series delves into Colorado history this week with Joyce Lohse, presenting Mining for the Real Baby Doe Tabor on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Lohse has written biographies of various figures in Colorado history. In her latest book, Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, award-winning Centennial author, Joyce B. Lohse, gives a biographical viewpoint of Colorado's favorite female mining legend.

Traveling for the Holidays? Don't Miss Out on Your Holds!

Bossypants

Have you been waiting for that special item for a long time? Perhaps a popular DVD or a bestselling book? Don't let your holiday travel plans get in the way of you getting those long-awaited holds!

You can keep your place in the holds queue AND keep items from arriving while you are gone by suspending your holds! By suspending your holds, you will keep moving up the list, but the hold will not be sent for you to pick up until on or after date you specify. You'll never have to miss out on a hold again just because you were out of town when it arrived!

Catch the Holiday Spirit!

Soda can jewelry

Are you ready for the holidays? Whether you want to check out eReaders so that you know which one to give or ask for, create some handmade gifts, or need some suggestions for perfect party appetizers, Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this week!

Is an eReader on your holiday list? Find out all about them in: eMedia: What is it, and how does it work? on Friday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Learn how to download an electronic audio or book to your computer, iPod, mp3 player, iPhone, Droid, or eReader!

Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

Dragonsinger

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey passed away on November 21 at the age of 85.

She published her first short story in 1953 and was best known for her Pern series of novels. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. For many, McCaffrey's books provided an introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy when they were teens. Her son, Todd, has continued the Pern series.

Thankful for Library Programs!

Baby Doe Tabor

While Fresh City Life My Branch programming is taking a bit of a break for the holiday this week, take the opportunity to be thankful for the library and all the FREE programs it provides to enrich our lives! Like us on Facebook!

Then mark your calendar for some of these upcoming programs in December! See you then!

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

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