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Get Your Garden On!

Butterfly Pavilion

Spring is coming! Add gardening tips, painting skills, music, and crafts into your life with Fresh City Life My Branch!

On Thursday, March 21, join the Butterfly Pavilion for a double session at the Bear Valley Branch--Butterfly Gardening at 2 p.m. and Busy Bees at 3 p.m. Learn what it takes to attract butterflies to your garden, and then hear all about the lives of honey bees, including a honey tasting, seeing a honeycomb, and feeling beeswax. Come for one or both sessions!

Bridges, Bunnies, and Peeps!

Hand sewn bunny

Knitting or cooking, planning your garden or coming together to share stories--join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!

Saturday, March 16:

Celebrate spring by making a Hand Sewn Felt Bunny! There's still space in this class at Schlessman at 10 a.m., register today: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Celebrate Women's Fiction

Alif the Unseen

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading some of the outstanding fiction by female authors on the recently announced Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) long list.

Now in its 18th year, the U.K. prize celebrates fiction written in English by women. The long list finalists are from various countries, including the U.K., Israel, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Turkey, and Australia. Check out one of these great titles today, and look for the short list announcement in April and the winner in June!

A Trick I Learned from Dead Men, Kitty Aldridge

Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson

Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

Theft

The finalists for the 25th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced. The Lammys celebrate GLBT literature and are given in many categories, including fiction, romance, biography/memoir, children's/young adult, and sf/fantasy/horror.

If you want your next read to have GLBT themse, this is a great list to start with! For the complete list of finalists, see the Lambda Literary Foundation web site. The site also lists past winners and nominees. 

James Tiptree, Jr. Awards Announced

The Drowning Girl

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award and honor books were recently announced.

What is the Tiptree? Given since 1991, it is "an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender...The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating." The Tiptree is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who used the pen name James Tiptree, Jr. to publish her science fiction and fantasy stories, genres largely closed to women at the time she was writing.

A Novel Thank You!

Somewhere South of Tuscany

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our 2nd annual Novel Night on Friday at the new Sam Gary Branch!

A wonderful time was had by all, hundreds of crafts were created from recycled books, amazing desserts by Monica Kadillak were consumed, books were donated (and traded), prizes were won, and, most importantly, Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Denver Public Library was supported! Special thanks to these sponsors:

Monica Kadillak, for her wonderful desserts--look for more cooking classes with Monica in the months to come!

The Denver Botanic Gardens

Starbucks

Books & Authors, (Not) Well Behaved Women, and Cakes!

One Land Two Stories

After you recover from our Novel Night fundraiser on Friday, Fresh City Life My Branch continues to serve up a diversity of adult cultural programs for your learning pleasure!

We all know that Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Learn about some of the great female Colorado troublemakers in this presentation by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Sam Gary. Encore presentation on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Cold, Colder, Coldest

Antarctica

During the colder months, some folks like to read about tropical climates and warm days. I have a tendency to want to read about places that are even colder than where I am.

Enter my obsession over books about Antarctica. I don't know that I'll ever get to visit there, but I do love to read about it, both in fiction and nonfiction. While there is a vast body of literature about Antarctic explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, my reading about the cold continent tends to be about modern folks--scientists and other curious types--who have recorded their time there and are often studying the (few) animals that live there, along with other studies including climate change, the earth's history, and even the possibilities of life on Mars.

Author Event: One Land, Two Stories

One Land Two Stories

Join Fresh City Life My Branch in partnership with The Colorado Ballet's Light Project for a presentation by the authors of One Land Two Stories.

The presentation will be Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Shaul Gabbay was born and raised in Tel Aviv. The son of Jewish Arab refugees, he was educated in Israel, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Born in Haifa, Amin Kazak became a Palestinian refugee in 1948. Kazak completed advanced degrees from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Be Crafty and Parent Compassionately with Fresh City Life My Branch

Herbs

Get a new skill, learn a new craft, and become a better parent with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

The folks from Painting Soiree will introduce you to Acrylic Painting on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch. Bring home your first masterpiece! Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Lots of choices for Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.:

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