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R.I.P. Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith, bassist for the Brooklyn based art-rock band TV on the Radio, passed away April 20, 2011.

Smith was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly after finishing the band's latest album "Nine Types of Light." As a result, TV on the Radio has canceled several shows on their tour including Denver, where they were slated to play Tuesday April 26th at the Ogden Theater.

Denver Public Library Prepares for a Potential $2.5 Million Budget Cut

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Library budget cuts could mean closing 7-12 branches in 2012.

The Denver Public Library Commission met yesterday, April 20, 2011 to discuss potential cuts to the Library’s budget, as well as options for sustainable funding. They released this White Paper which explains more about the situation and their recommendations.

In a nutshell, DPL has been instructed by the city to prepare a 2012 budget proposal with a target reduction of $2.5 million. The three options for meeting this target are:

Denver Municipal Election Resources

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The May 3, 2011 Denver Municipal General Elections are to be conducted by mail. Deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2011. It is important to keep your address updated with the Denver Elections Division so that your ballot is delivered to your current address. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S. Post Office.

Important Dates
April 4: Last day to register to vote or update registration in the 2011 Municipal General Election
April 14: Mail-in ballots sent to voters
May 3: Election day and last day to turn in mail-in ballots

Earth Day 2011

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Earth Day is Friday, April 22.

The Denver Public Library will be staffing a booth in Civic Center Park, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as part of the 2011 Earth Day Fair, so be sure to stop by this Friday!

Films for Earth Day

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After you celebrate Earth Day today, hopefully by enjoying the beautiful weather we are experiencing, check out some of the many films that honor Mother Nature, either by demonstrating her raw power, or by investigating environmental issues.

Cassoulet: The French Obsession

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France's ancient contribution to the peasant table is now one of the most revered dishes in French cooking.

Its origins track back to the siege of Castelnaudary by the Black Prince, Edward the Prince of Wales, in 1355. The villagers came together to create a large cauldron of beans, meat and herbs to fortify their warriors — and cassoulet was born.

Tea Crafts: A Happy Repose

A delicate, pedestaled teacup just filled with lightly scented soy wax.

Our Craftinatrix Trish Tilly held crafters in sway at our Tea Painting and Tea Cup Candlemaking workshop.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.  ~George Gissing

Last Saturday, the Fresh City Lounge at Central Library was buzzing with crafters on a mission -- to make some adorable candles and then create handpainted tags to go with them. One of the most interesting elements of the class is that the delicate paintings were made using steeped teas as the medium. And even though crafters were not relaxing over a cup of tea, a sense of tea-induced tranquility seemed to infuse the students.

IMPAC Award Short List Announced

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award honors novels with high literary merit written all over the world in any language. The short list for the 2009 award has just been released! The winner will be announced on June 15, 2011.

Candle in a Teacup

Join us for this Fresh City Life My Branch craft on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Pour simple paraffin based candles into charming teacups found in any thrift store. A great idea for Mother's Day or as a gift to yourself. Bring your own teacup, or choose from our limited supply. All other materials will be provided.

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