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Hug a Hairdresser: National Beautician's Day is June 26

Diana Ross with a large Afro hairstyle

No one is sure of the origin, but every year on June 26 we celebrate those individuals who help us look our best - beauticians, or, as they're more commonly known, cosmetologists.

Cosmetology (which is the study and application of beauty treatments, including hair styling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures and electrology) began with the ancient Egyptians. Primitive make-up kits have been discovered by archeologists, and cosmetics are evident in Egyptian artwork, which often depicts kohl-lined eyes. This effect is still seen today by those seeking the Cleopatra look.

Errol Morris: Truthseeking Filmmaker

“After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven't found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”               --Roger Ebert

Film Director Errol Morris is best known for his captivating documentaries that feature his distinctive cinematic style, a relentless search for the truth, and the minimalist scores of Philip Glass.

Gus Arriola and Gordo, the Accidental Ambassador

The comic strip "Gordo," which ran from 1941 to 1985, chronicled the life of Perfecto Salazar "Gordo" Lopez, his handsome nephew Pepito, and several talking farm animals, including a black cat named PM, a punster dog, a rooster, some worms, and a beret-wearing beatnik spider named Bug Rogers. The creator of the strip, Gustavo "Gus" Arriola, (July 17, 1917 – February 2, 2008) was born in Florence, Arizona, and was the youngest of nine children in a Spanish-speaking household. He taught himself English by reading the comics in the newspaper.

Celebrating National Poetry Month -- Poetry Behind Bars

I don't mind eels
Except as meals.
And the way they feels.

--The Eel, by Ogden Nash

Born in 1952 in Santa Fe, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca was abandoned by his parents at the age of two, then lived with his grandmother for a few years before ending up in an orphanage, where he stayed until he was 13, when he ran away and lived on the streets.

Happy One-Year Anniversary to City Librarian Michelle Jeske

Michelle Jeske rose through the ranks to become Denver Public Library's new City Librarian last March after a nationwide, 6-month search. She began working at DPL in 2001, and served in a number of positions including the Manager of Web Information Services and Community Technology Center, Senior Special Collection Librarian for the Library Without Walls, and as the director of Collections, Technology and Innovation.

Chocolate: The Journey from Cacao Seed to Kit Kat

With Valentine's Day behind us, and Easter and Passover approaching, we're right in the midst of chocolate season. One way to celebrate is with a visit to Chocolate: The Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where you can barter for cacao beans in an Aztec marketplace, learn about chocolate as a global commodity, or enter an ancient Maya temple environment, where citizens grew cacao and ground its seeds into a bitter, frothy drink.

DPL Staff Art Show partners with East High Exhibit at Central

For the twelfth consecutive year, the Denver Public Library is proud to showcase the exceptional artistry, creativity and talent of 37 staff members. The staff art show is quite eclectic this year, with mediums including oil, acrylic, wool, photography, plastic, tesserae, faux fur, and even a re-purposed book.

Don't miss this chance to see the hidden talents of the workers who check out your books, answer reference questions, ensure your safety or shelve the books.

Featured Nonprofit: Demi's Animal Rescue

Recently, the DPL Nonprofit Center had a visit from Demi Merritt, the founder of Demi's Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue that focuses on complete rehabilitation of difficult pets, and then finds the best matches for adoption. At 20, Demi is a nonprofit veteran (the organization became a 501c3 in 2010) and is a born fundraiser and advocate.

Andrew and Jamie Wyeth: Father and Son at the Denver Art Museum

"Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio," currently exhibiting at the Denver Art Museum, features the famed father and son dyad, and contains over 100 works created in watercolor, pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, oil, tempera and mixed media.

From Broken Crockery to Polar Bear Swims: The 5 Most Shocking New Year's Traditions from around the World

While still reeling from the results of my research into odd Christmas traditions around the world, such the Japanese eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a special culinary treat in Greenland called kiviak (tiny, whole birds sealed in a seal and buried for several months for fermentation), I came across some New Year's traditions

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