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Ready to Knit Beyond the Basics?

Are you ready to take your knitting to the next level? Join us for Beyond the Basics Knitting on Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch.

This class will guide you through the mysteries of checking gauge, help you with pattern reading skills, and teach you how to pick a project and match the correct needles and yarn. Increasing and decreasing will also be demonstrated. This class is suitable for new knitters looking to take on a challenge or intermediate knitters looking to learn some new skills. Bring yarn and needles to practice your new skills!

CO Authors Series: Elizabeth Yarnell, Glorious One-Pot Meals

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues this Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman. 

 Elizabeth Yarnell will discuss her book Glorious One-Pot Meals: A New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch Oven Cooking. She will demonstrate her unique, patented method of quick and healthy one-pot dinners while telling the inspirational story of how she took a devastating diagnosis and turned it into a way of cooking and eating that everyone can enjoy. Books will be available for sale.

Don't Get Taken!

Want to Outsmart Investment Fraud? Join Fresh City Life My Branch and learn the basics of safe investing!

Representatives from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation will teach you the basics of safe investing in this educational presentation. Learn what questions to ask before making investment decisions, how to verify if an investment product or professional is legitimate, how to identify and report investment fraud, and common fraud tactics and how to avoid them. Look for the class nearest you:

Celebrate Summer!

Are you ready for summer? While the kids are doing DPL's Summer of Reading Program, adults can have fun and learn at the library all summer long, too! Summer's not quite here yet, but these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch programs will give you a taste:

Learn to make (and sample) creative Summer Salads at Schlessman on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. If you're tired of iceberg lettuce, this class is for you! Cool off mealtime while keeping it healthy with these salads that will introduce more veggies into your diet and that your whole family will love!

This Weekend: Yoga, Bees, and Candles

Keeping Honey Bees

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot to offer this weekend, whether you're looking to learn about yoga, beekeeping, want to hear an author read, or make a candle in a teacup! All of these adult events are happening on Saturday, May 7:

Interested in urban beekeeping? Denver beekeeper Siobhan Keleher will talk about helpful books, websites, and local organizations for the beginning beekeeper, along with an overview of bees and equipment. She'll also answer questions about types of hives, styles of beekeeping, and how to decide what's right for you. 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Cort McMeel

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Cort McMeel, author of Short, at Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Short is Mr. McMeel's debut novel, and it's a thrilling voyeuristic tour through the subculture of high-stakes energy trading and the larger than life men who run our markets. These men inhabit a world of intense stress, gluttony, and deception. Mr. McMeel received his MFA from Columbia University, and has worked both as a commodity broker and energy trader throughout his 13-year career in the power markets. He lives in Stapleton.

Be Smart About Fraud, Knit, and Visit with the Ghosts of Colorado!

Fresh City Life My Branch has exciting programs for you this week!

On Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at SchlessmanFamily Branch you can learn how to Outsmarting Investment Fraud. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation will teach you about the basics of safe investing, including questions to ask before making investment decisions, how to verify if an investment product or professional is legitimate, how to identify and report investment fraud, and common fraud tactics and how to avoid them.

Candle in a Teacup

Join us for this Fresh City Life My Branch craft on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Pour simple paraffin based candles into charming teacups found in any thrift store. A great idea for Mother's Day or as a gift to yourself. Bring your own teacup, or choose from our limited supply. All other materials will be provided.

Journey on the Appalachian Trail

At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.

While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.

A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Adrienne Hall

The New Appalachian Trail, Edward B. Garvey

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