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Frivolity. Can you use it in a sentence, please?

Fresh City Life is committed to the seriousness of frivolity. The word is frivolity.

​Frivolity. F-r-i-v-o-l-i-t-y. Frivolity.

I still remember the word that ended my spelling bee hopes 30+ years ago: transistor. In a fit of nerves I stalled out at t-r-a-n-s-i, and then when I resumed spelling, I forgot the second 's'. It was a youthful mistake -- that I've never forgotten. I still remember my parents' faces in the audience, trying to puzzle out how I'd missed such a simple word. But hey, it's not like it's haunted me ever since.

So who's up for a Spelling Bee?

Books & Boutiques, Music & Coffee!

Novel Night

Whether you're looking for a book club or a craft, to show off your ukulele skills or to brew some coffee, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week!

Tonight, Monday, March 19 at 5:30 at Schlessman, is Part II of Start Your Own Boutique: Inventory Lingo & Logistics. Even if you missed part I earlier this month, Dianne Denholm of the TACtile Arts Center will share her knowledge of what it takes to start and run your own business!

It's all Irish: Test your knowledge of St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick was born in Roman-occupied Great Britain ca. 390..

St. Patrick's Day offers us all a chance to be Irish for a day. How much do you know about the international holiday?


Click on the photo to the left to see the correct answer to these questions.

1. There is no more famous figure in Irish history than St. Patrick, but where was he actually born?




2. Non-liturgical St. Patrick's Day is always held on March 17. What is the significance of this date?





3. Before 'the wearing of the green' became ubiquitous, what color was most commonly associated with St. Patrick?




Novel Night--Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Novel Night

Have you bought your Novel Night tickets yet? Support FREE Fresh City Life My Branch programs by attending this fund raiser on Friday, March 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we'll have wonderful food and beverages and giveaways throughout the night! We couldn't do it without them!

Sponsors include:

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

HarperCollins Publishers

Midwest Library Service

DPL Friends Foundation

Tattered Cover

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives

A modernized Greek chorus.

New York's famed Aquila Theatre is touring the country with their Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives program and they are making a stop in Denver.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America focusing on inner-city, rural and underserved communities with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.

Keep Celebrating!

Schlessman birthday cake

Thanks to everyone who helped to celebrate the Schlessman Family Branch's 10th birthday over the weekend! Keep celebrating by attending another Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

The birthday celebration continues tonight, Monday, March 12 6:30 p.m. at Schlessman with Monica Kadillak teaching us how to make Homemade Ice Cream and Toppings! Come get great ideas for your next sundae! Recipes and samples included!

Feeling lost when it comes to technology? You have a few opportunities to learn at the Ross-University Hills Branch this week:

Monkey Bread: Just Say Dough

The final, delicious product.

Let's Bring Back: one of the superstars of the 1980s kitchen -- Monkey Bread.

When I was in high school, my mom discovered a great recipe for turning refrigerator rolls into the most amazing pull-apart dessert bread. Called Monkey Bread, it was a favored recipe of the 1980s, partly because Nancy Reagan made it a staple at casual White House functions. But the origins of the name Monkey Bread are as murky as the origins of the recipe itself.

Make a Date with the Weekend!

Novel Night

With so many Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs happening this weekend, you'll want to make a date with yourself to have fun, learn, and explore!

Start off your Saturday with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club at 10 a.m. This month's selection is Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe. Join the conversation!

Smiley's Ukulele Cafe is meeting on Saturday at 12:30! Come share some songs!

Titanic Now and Forever

An iconic image from days after the sinking of the Titanic.

Even at 100 years old, the story of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage still captivates.

At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg that tore open her side -- and she began taking on water immediately. Despite the confidence of her passengers that she was "practically unsinkable," the miracle of the modern age sank beneath icy waters at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Of her 2,223 passengers, 1517 perished.

Chew It, Craft It, Learn the Law


Another week begins, and Fresh City Life My Branch has programs this week that will stimulate your creativity and your mind!

Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. marks the debut of Read It, View It, Chew It! at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Have you read Ian McEwan's Atonement? Want to compare it to the movie version? Join us for film, popcorn, and discussion!

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