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Soup's On! and Introduction to Tai Chi

Get out of the cold and try new things with Fresh City Life My Branch! Come explore the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, or learn how to make your own homemade soup.

Maybe you want to move your body in a new way in the cold weather. Try Tai Chi at the Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of exercises used to build energy (qi) and vitality for improved quality of life and longevity. These exercises are accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Come explore the benefits of energy based exercise and learn daily movements from Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Dao Yin.

Happy Birthday Rainn Wilson!

The Rocker

Rainn Wilson, born on January 20, 1966, is one of the stars of the TV show, The Office. He first achieved notoriety with his role on the HBO show, Six Feet Under. This funnyman is one of my favorite celebrities on Twitter, follow him at @rainnwilson.

Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!)

Restore Furniture

Have some old furniture that you really don't like any more but may have another life in it? Come learn how to be green and beautify your home at the same time!

Irina Bertini, part-owner of Denver Urban Homesteading, will talk about the best ways to restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets. Learn about sandpapers, electric sanders, handsaws, stains, varnishes, and where to get inexpensive materials. Bring your questions to Schlessman on Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m.

Want to read more about how you can give wood new life?

Popular Science

2010 was a great year for accessible science writing. If you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time, try out some of these recent popular science and natural history titles.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, John Vaillant

The Royal Treatment

Royal Film

It pays to play the king (or queen, as the case may be.) Whether it's comedy or drama, on television or the big screen, we love a good portrayal of the British royal family. And a small number of talented actors and actresses have been rewarded for just that--delivering award-winning performances as British monarchs.

I've been a Colin Firth fan since I first saw him in Shakespeare in Love as the snobby and sniveling Lord Wessex, and I've been an Anglophile for as long as I can remember, so there was no way I was going to miss him play the stammering King George VI in The King's Speech. I saw it this past weekend, and it actually rendered me speechless--a rare moment. Firth is magnificent in this clever film, which is about much more than George's speaking difficulties.

Killers We Hate to Love

Coming hot on the heels of deliciously demented Dexter there is John Wayne Cleaver. Named after a serial killer and a murder weapon how can he escape his destiny?

In "I Am Not A Serial Killer" we meet John Wayne Cleaver, just your average teenage boy, likes fires, girls and serial killers. Ok, well perhaps not your average teenage boy. John lives in a mortuary so that's a plus, for him, as he likes dead bodies and the peace they provide for his inner demon. And speaking of demons....

Forgotten Heroes

There is nothing quite as exciting as making a new musical discovery - and that discovery is somehow made sweeter when you stumble upon the sounds of a prolific artist you never really considered before. This happened to me recently when I finally got turned onto the music of Bruce Springsteen - somebody who has been a staple in many people's musical rotations for years.

When I was young my only knowledge of “The Boss” was the song "Born in the U.S.A" - I remember it being blasted at sporting events and on television, and I really had no interest in it (and it’s still not a favorite of mine). I think I was a little too young to have been a Bruce convert from the start - I missed the mania and therefore didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.

Guatemala by Chicken Bus

Ever thought about visiting Guatemala? Or just want to take a virtual trip to someplace warm during the cold weather? Join us as we journey to Guatemala with Anna Winkel!

In the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, Anna, a local librarian, spent 8 months traveling, studying, and volunteering in Guatemala. In this travel slide show, you'll journey by chicken bus from the old capital city of Antigua to the shores of Lago Atitlan to the mountains of Alta Verapaz. Bring your questions about where to go, what to see, and how to get around--by chicken bus or otherwise! Food samples will be included!

To Be A Slave

While browsing the Central book stacks, I re-discovered Julius Lester's To Be A Slave.

An award winning writer and retired professor, Lester delved into the slave narratives collected during the Federal Writers' Project. He selected personal accounts about the experience of the auction block, plantation life, resistance, and emancipation. Published in 1968 and named a Newbery honor book in 1969, To Be A Slave was one of the first nonfiction books in children's literature to share the personal testimonies of slaves.

Introduction to Feng Shui

Ever wanted to learn more about the art of Feng Shui? Here's a program for you!

During my first week as a librarian, I had a young man ask me for books about "fun joy" decorating. We eventually figured out that he really wanted books on Feng Shui. If you too are curious about this art that examines how the energy of space and objects impacts everyday life, join us on Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek branch for this one-hour introduction.

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