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Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

City Tales: Boston

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

Beantown. Birthplace of the American Revolution. Home to the first free public library and Boston cream pie.

City Tales is traveling to Boston and this armchair traveler is on a one-way ticket.  I have a few more weeks to cover every thing on my Colorado 'bucket list' but in the meantime let's enjoy a few tales about or set in Boston. 

What to do with yourself while you’re waiting for Mass Effect 3 to come out.

Do you ever find yourself in this crazy loop where you obsess about an awesome upcoming thing? Right now, I’m obsessing about the forthcoming videogame Mass Effect 3.

When Mass Effect 3 was delayed to March 6, 2012 earlier this year, I told everyone I knew (and a few that I didn’t) that it was going to be the longest wait ever, and that I would probably die of impatience before it came out. Instead of obsessively playing the games again, (okay, maybe I’m doing that a little) or obsessing on the Internet (well, I am doing that) I’ve decided to read and watch some awesome Sci Fi. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Books

Terry Pratchett

I heard Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and other books, discuss his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

With the use of a computer-based dictation system, he is able to write. In the NPR interview, Pratchett discussed his efforts to make assisted suicide an option for himself and others. For now he is content to keep writing.

Feng Shui, Furniture, and Books!

Ready to redecorate? How about a book discussion? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

We have several options for all of you redecorators and refinishers out there! Tonight at 6:30 at Schlessman, plan your place with an Introduction to Feng Shui! You'll learn how the energy of spaces and things impacts our everyday lives, and how to use Feng Shui tools to make changes in your environment with Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui.

Podcast to Book

Ife Head

If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.

The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.

The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.

Check it Out!

Ask the Gadget Guy!

Have a new or old tech toy and wish you had someone to help you figure it out? Want to know more about Android apps? Trying to make the most of your iPad? Dying to know what a Nook is? It's time to Ask the Gadget Guy!

On Saturday, August 27, the Community Technology Center's Gadget Guy will be available to answer all of your gadget questions. Don't have a gadget yet to bring with you? Not to worry. Devices like the iPad, Motorola Xoom, Nook and more will be available for you to try out.

Ask The Gadget Guy
Saturday, August 27, 2-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level 4
Community Technology Center
Free and open to the public

Classic Country Rock

Essential Willie Nelson

This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.

Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!).

Message From City Librarian: Library Won't Pursue Ballot Measure in 2011

Yesterday I met with Mayor Hancock to discuss the viability of putting a measure on the ballot in November 2011 for a dedicated mill levy or library district. We agreed that it is most advantageous if this decision was made after the City’s Structural Financial Task Force makes its city-wide recommendations addressing the budget shortfall, which will happen this fall.

Mayor Hancock is a strong supporter of Denver Public Library, and has expressed his sincere interest in pursuing a long-term sustainable funding solution. I am hopeful that either the dedicated mill levy or library district will be on the fall 2012 ballot, as part of a broader funding solution for the City. I look forward to discussing this with the Mayor, Library Commission, and the public in the coming months.

Tomato Aspic: Party like it's 1929

KnitFlix pays tribute to depression-era partying with Dinner at Eight.

There are a lot of themes and motifs in the film Dinner at Eight (1933, directed by George Cukor). With a huge cast of Hollywood notables, and taken from a hit stage play, Dinner at Eight is a microcosmic look at everything that was going wrong in the United States during the depression -- and even a few things that were going right.

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