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It hasn't been a Norman Rockwell painting, but it's been a fun trip

Norman Rockwell's Family Vacation

I often looked at Norman Rockwell paintings and felt a twinge of jealousy -- wishing that those perfect scenes had been a part of my life story. Then I found out that even Norman Rockwell wished that the scenes he painted had been a part of his real life.

In truth, Rockwell was born in New York City in 1894 and lived a hard-scrabble childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. So his paintings of scrubbed up Americana are really just his own yearnings for a life he never had. The life he did have was exciting and full of creativity and he left a lasting artistic legacy in the hundreds of paintings he did for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life and other magazines.

Money, Public Speaking and...Geeks?

Denver Mint

What's your pleasure on Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch? A craft? Zombie book club? And, since we know you might have to work up your courage, we have Public Speaking 101 on Sunday!

Events for Saturday, May 19:

If you'd like to make a Fused Glass Pendant at Smiley at 2 p.m., please register now (720-865-0260 or

A Weekend for the Birds...or the Crafters!

More Than 36 Days

Whether you're an aspiring bird watcher or crafter, cook or card maker, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you on Saturday, May 12!

For all of you crafters out there, try these:

Felting with Wynne Reynolds, 10 a.m. at Schlessman: Learn the art of needle felting and go home with a cute bird! All supplies provided. Please register: 720-865-0000 or

Hi Ms. Streep. Have I got a script for you!

Meryl Streep

Just like EVERYONE else, I've got a screenplay in me. A friend and I have been dreaming about writing a perfect film script for Meryl Streep. Dreaming, not doing. But maybe 2012 is our year.

Okay, I won't give you our elevator pitch on our film idea -- because we don't have one. I also won't tell you that we have any connections to Meryl Streep -- except that my friend and co-dreamer, Mary, and I both regard her as the epitome of an actor -- and we both think she'd like to have a beer with us.

Knitting, Our Courts, and Planning for the Weekend--With Fresh City Life My Branch

felted animals

Whether you want to learn to knit or learn about our courts, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week! And if you need something to do this weekend, check out the list! Many programs require registration, so plan now!

Join the Sit 'n Knit group at Bear Valley on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. --this is a group for both beginning and experienced knitters. Learn something new, or share your knowledge!

Meet With History: More Than 36 Days

Carron Barella and the men of More Than 36 Days

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors series presents Carron Barrella and the veterans of More Than 36 Days on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

More Than 36 Days: Four Ordinary Men Face Extraordinary Circumstances is the stories of four Colorado men who served as U.S. Marines during World War II in the battle for Iwo Jima. It is not a war book--it focuses on the men, their backgrounds, and how the war experience defined them. They spent 36 days on the island, but their stories are much more than that. Learn from the hearts and souls of Don Whipple, Joe Weinmeier, Max Brown, and Jim Blane.

Weekend Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Still trying to figure out what to do this weekend? Add a Fresh City Life My Branch program to the mix!

All these events are happening on Saturday, May 5:

Bird Watching 101, Part 1, at Ross-Broadway at 10 a.m. Please register, 720-865-0135 or Learn the basics of bird watching, how to ID birds, where to look for them, and how to use a field guide! Look for Bird Watching 101, Part 2 on May 12!

How Do Our Courts Work?


You've seen many trials play out on television and in the movies, but how does the court system really work? Join us for the Fresh City Life My Branch Our Courts series and find out!

This 6-week series is presented by Our Courts Colorado, a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association, to help educate the public about state and federal courts in Colorado in a nonpartisan way. Learn about how judges are selected, how courts are kept impartial, the processes of both a civil and criminal case, and how bankruptcy and divorce proceedings go through the courts.

May is Off and Running...or Flying...With Fresh City Life My Branch!

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Whether you want to make something, learn something, or soar with Amelia Earhart, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!

Still have questions about your eReader, or considering getting one? Learn all about them and how they work with library collections in eBooks 101 on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch! Bring your laptop and/or device, and be ready to learn! Come during the time when we'll be talking about your particular questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

5:30 p.m. - Kindle Books

6 p.m. - Nooks and other eReaders

Tech, Tea, and Bond...James Bond

Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners

April is almost over, but that doesn't mean that Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming is! Join us this week and learn some new technology, sip a beverage, or dream about having a martini with James Bond!

Want to take your investing to the next level? Learn to use the Denver Public Library database ValueLine at Ross University Hills during Tuesday Technology Night on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. ValueLine has a wealth of information to help you make wise investment decisions--and it's always available with your library card from any computer!

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