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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Section of the Library

Wow!

Do you find baseball games a little slow? If you're like me, a game can seem to go on forever, and don't even get me started on extra innings. Too bad they're not all like this:

Instead, take a good book along.

These titles (suggested by former DPL librarian Jon Flanagan), should cover all the bases:

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Atlas

Speleologically Speaking

National Park Service Pictogram for Spelunking

Looking for something a little closer to home than touring the caves of France?  There are resources available at the Library for vicarious spelunking enthusiasts.

If the 3-D film, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams had you wishing for a sequel, try the following films:  

Practice your tech skills at home!

gcflearnfree.org

Maybe you're the son or daughter of a parent who has just begun attending classes at the Community Technology Center. Or perhaps you have recently decided you'd like to create Excel spreadsheets or Tweet about your business. Whether you'd like to practice what you learned in class or you are hoping to master something new, there are free online lessons and tutorials that can help you improve your skills!

Goodwill Community Foundation has an outstanding website, www.gcflearnfree.org, that has self-paced instruction and videos on everything from creating a brochure in Microsoft Publisher to adjusting your privacy settings on Facebook. You can also create an account and register for free online classes, which earn you accredited Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion! Over two million people have expanded their repertoires wtih GCFLearnFree.org. Give it a try!

Are You Chicken?

backyard chickens

Raising backyard chickens (and ducks and goats) just became a lot easier in Denver thanks to a recent City Council vote.

The Food Producing Animals ordinance took effect June 24th and allows residents to raise 8 chickens or ducks and 2 dwarf goats after obtaining a one-time license.  See the details here.  Curious about the potential joys and pitfalls of having backyard livestock?  Grab your overalls and get started with these great resources.

Chickens:

Best Albums of 2011...So Far

Wye Oak

The year is halfway complete and the best albums of 2011 lists are starting to appear so I thought I'd add my two cents and highlight some from our fantastic music collection.

Knowing how fickle my tastes can be, it will be interesting to see how many of these will survive into my year end lists when December rolls around. Some of these have a lengthy request queue, but worth the wait in my opinion.
What are your favorites so far?

Love Books? Make Your Own!

The Art of the Book

Love books and want to both learn about the history of the art of the book and how to make your own? Join us! Basic Book Arts: Creating Your Own Books on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

In this 2-hour class, you'll learn the basic tools, terms, history, and experience of book arts. You'll hand bind 2 or 3 different kinds of books, and explore Japanese stab binding, the accordion fold book, and more! We'll discuss and experiment with everything from cover design to using unique materials to the contents of your books (poetry, photos, drawings, etc). You will leave with at least 2 finished books and the knowledge of how to make books at home.

Get prepared by using Learning Express

Is a professional or academic test in your future? Then try Learning Express to get ready.

Available to Denver Public Library cardholders, Learning Express offers an exhaustive list of online preparation books and practice tests in areas including:

• GED, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT
• Civil Service entrance exams
• Plumbing, electrical, firefighter
• Math, science, reading comprehension

Farm Fresh City

The farm is at your fingertips with Community Supported Agriculture.

Are you guilty of filling your fridge crisper with veggies and then ignoring them until they’re well-past their use-by date? Our Chef Shellie Kark, from KitchenCue, has teamed up with our friends at Whole Foods Market and the dedicated farmers from Grant Family Farms for a cooking demo series to inspire you to seek out the best produce for your table.

The view is spectacular from the Top of the Town

 Fresh City Life is Denver's best date night!

 Since 2004, Fresh City Life events and programs have offered many ways to become acquainted with Denver's vibrant and intellectual organizations, groups and individuals. One of the comments that I hear most often from people after attending an event is (and I'm paraphrasing), "Thanks for giving me the opportunity to spend time with my community." 

Get Mudbound

Mudbound

Anxiously awaiting for The Help to arrive in theaters? Check out Mudbound while you wait.

Hillary Jordan's captivating story takes place in the post-World War II Mississippi Delta. Laura McAllan is a city-bred woman who moves with her husband and family to a farm she aptly names Mudbound. Told from the perspective of several characters, Mudbound grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn't let go until the very last word.

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