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Social Media and Your Nonprofit Panel Discussion

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Where: Central Library — Level 4 Training Room
When: May 18, 2011, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Class size is limited, so RSVP to lflavin@denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-1363.

Are you wondering how social networking can benefit your nonprofit? Then consider the following figures from Erik Qualman's Socialnomics:

Happy Mother's Day

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone
 

I love my child dearly. It has been the hardest, most frustrating, most joyous, and most rewarding thing I've ever done. Some days it is nice to know you aren't crazy and your experiences aren't unique. The following books have brought me some comfort and laughs:

Celebrate Summer!

Are you ready for summer? While the kids are doing DPL's Summer of Reading Program, adults can have fun and learn at the library all summer long, too! Summer's not quite here yet, but these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch programs will give you a taste:

Learn to make (and sample) creative Summer Salads at Schlessman on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. If you're tired of iceberg lettuce, this class is for you! Cool off mealtime while keeping it healthy with these salads that will introduce more veggies into your diet and that your whole family will love!

Exhibit: From Smoke to Text: What's Next?

Exhibit poster: From Smoke to Text: What's Next?

May 6 - September 28, 2011
Central Library
Western History Art Gallery - Level 5

Presented by the Telecommunications History Group, Inc. and the Denver Public Library.

From Smoke to Text displays how telecommunications changes our lives and world. The show, created by The Telecommunications History Group, Inc., guides viewers from smoke signals and invention of the telegraph in the 1800s to smart phones and the internet today.  It asks viewers to envision “What’s Next?”

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Arthur Ashe

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

Ode to Japanese Authors

Yukio Mishima

I've always been taken on an interesting journey exploring the terrain of Japanese novels.

Japanese authors offer an array of characters reaching from the subtle layers mist to an ocean of depth and current in character development, so much so the characters become imprinted into our imagination.

Some authors to read:

This Weekend: Yoga, Bees, and Candles

Keeping Honey Bees

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot to offer this weekend, whether you're looking to learn about yoga, beekeeping, want to hear an author read, or make a candle in a teacup! All of these adult events are happening on Saturday, May 7:

Interested in urban beekeeping? Denver beekeeper Siobhan Keleher will talk about helpful books, websites, and local organizations for the beginning beekeeper, along with an overview of bees and equipment. She'll also answer questions about types of hives, styles of beekeeping, and how to decide what's right for you. 1 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Colorado Authors Series Presents Eleanor Brown, Author of The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, on Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Eleanor Brown's debut novel, The Weird Sisters, is the story of the Andreas family, whose motto might as well be "There's no problem a library card can't solve." When Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (named after Shakespeare heroines by their professor father) return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, they love each other. They just don't happen to like each other very much.

BUDGET UPDATE: Building for the Library's Future

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library

In May we will be celebrating two major milestones in Denver Public Library's history — the groundbreaking for the new branch library at Stapleton and the completed renovations of the Central Library.

I often find myself explaining how the Library has managed to renovate many of our locations, open a new branch at Green Valley Ranch, and plans to build two more branches in Stapleton and in West Denver as we are facing the possibility of closing branches to meet our 2012 budget reduction target.

Laws of Physics and Fashion: Yo-Yos Do Come Back

Sample of a classic yo-yo quilt.

 "We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." -- Yves Saint Laurent

 

 Yo-yo quilting is a humble craft -- developed by creative Depression-era homemakers to use up bits of fabric for practical objects -- usually quilts and coverlets. (The top photo is a good example of this kind of quilting.) The product is homey, sensible and, in the right hands, can have a wonderful sense of design and movement.

 

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