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Serving Festival Realness At Denver Pride

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde

Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is proud to join Denver’s GLBT community at this year’s PrideFest. Take a break from all the pageantry in Civic Center Park and join us inside the McNichols Building for some interior gaiety. We’ll be serving up festival realness at our lemonade stand in the McNick. Our friends at Whole Foods Market will be sampling cooling beverages and FCL will be helping you make a free button or fridge magnet commemorating famous faces or quotes from queer history.

Have You Herb About Our Programs?

Little Herb Gardens

Want to grow and use more herbs? Fresh City Life My Branch can help! You might even get some herbal ideas for Mother's Day!

Learn to create your own Mini Tabletop Herb Garden with Kelly Watson of Little Raven Farms, LLC on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch. You'll get to fill your own pots during class and take them home to watch them grow!

Summer Brown Bag Music Series -- free concerts every Thursday in June

Get out of your cubicle jungle for an hour and join us for our summer music series. With a gorgeous view of the park, and access to our balcony, you’ll be serenaded while you have lunch. Grab some food on the way and our friends at Whole Foods Market will supply something sweet to send you back to the office in a state of bliss.

Our first concert will be:

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras (Two Voices, Two Guitars)
Thursday, June 6, Noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina will be playing unique, romantic Latin music that touches the hearts of audiences. Their music highlights the traditional sounds of Colombia, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba.

Check out the full schedule.

Avant-Garde Musician and Singer Helen Gillet Set To Perform at DPL

You should hear Helen Gillet work her magic as a singer and musician. (see video below) She's played for sold out audiences nationally and around the world. And she is touring this summer. 

Because we love Helen and we told her so, she is stopping at Denver Public Library for a free concert on Sunday, July 21. All for the love of libraries and making great music. 

You're invited. Save the date: Sunday, July 21@ 2p

Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy

Tintinnabulation: Classic and Contemporary Song Played On Handbells

Bell ringing event, photographed in the Telegraph, UK

tintinnabulation: 1) the ringing or sounding of bells 2) a jingling or tinkling sound as if of bells

Fresh City Life is making beautiful music with Arts & Venues Denver this year. Our shared May event, a concert with the Castle Rock Community Ringers, continues a partnership of free and spectacular cultural programming.

Here's my street cred on this topic: I grew up attending a Presbyterian church and, in my experience, two things were always certain at church. First, during services, when the 'moment of fellowship' arrived and we were all supposed to turn to a relative stranger and greet them with a handshake or (gasp) hug, we instead would turn to one of our own family members and greet them -- with very restrained joy. And secondly, there was always a bell choir. Always. It's a tradition that I'm glad has continued on -- and I write that with joy unrestrained.

Adult Programs This Week--Join Us!

From crafts to yoga, biking to gardening, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for YOU this week!

Join us at Ross-University Hills on Tuesday, April 30 for Make & Take Studio: Mason Jar Pin Cushion at 6 p.m. You won't believe how cute these can be!

Ending April & Welcoming May!

Fairmount Heritage Foundation

Say goodbye to April in your own way with Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs!

Join the Denver World Music Studio and learn some Afro Cuban Rhythms: Drumming on Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at the Sam Gary Branch. Slap, tap, and move! Hand drums provided. We'll cover drumming from congas to the deep tradition of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and music.

Everyone Has a Story To Tell. Get Yours Published.

"I publish my own books, so there isn't a certain editor I owe the book to at a publishing house." -- Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Denver Public Library hosts a workshop designed to help writers navigate the changing world of self-publishing.

In 2008, there was a paradigm shift in the publishing world: more book titles were self-published than published through traditional means. In 2009, 76% of new book titles came into being by self-publishing. London-based author Dean Fetzer is leading the charge for the brave new world of publishing. He helms our upcoming workshop focused on self-publishing for new authors.

Movies, Crafts, and Scandals!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Ready for another Fresh City Life My Branch program? Get involved this week!

Local author Wayne Omura discusses his book Movies and the Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films in Cinematic History on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Saturday, April 20 brings many opportunities for crafting, learning, and cooking:

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

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