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Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday”, and is the last day of the Carnival season. It always ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Bring the spirit of Mardi Gras and New Orleans Home:

Colorado Authors Series: Jim Hall

Jim Hall will be speaking about his book Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer. He completed over 1800 jumps in his 60 years and has received many awards and honors for his parachuting innovations. Mr. Hall is a retired Colorado Air National Guard Brigadier General and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985. See pictures from his adventures and find out more about him on his website.

Hike or Walk

Want to go on an adventure near home?

As a librarian who doesn’t drive, I love to walk for exercise and enjoyment!  The library has many books for those interested in fitness walking and fun hikes!

Nordic Walking  Malin Svensson

The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness  Mark Fenton

The Best Front Range Hikes  Colorado Mountain Club Foundation

Sewing, Traveling, and the DPL Catalog, Oh My!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot of choices for you this week, from learning about Polaris, DPL's new catalog, to women's history to the basics of sewing.

Want to get back into the groove of placing holds and checking your library account online? Learn about all the new features of Polaris, the Denver Public Library's new system at one of these classes:

Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Book to Movie News: March

Jane Eyre movie poster

Several films debuting in theaters this month are based on books! Which film are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • Beastly is already out in theaters and is based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn.
  • Mars Needs Moms will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Mars Needs Mom by Berke Breathed.
  • Jane Eyre will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  • The Li

Gutsy Women in Fiction

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading one of these great novels featuring gutsy lady lead characters! Who is your favorite fictional female character?

NoveList

Girls

Looking for a great book? Loved the last book you read and yearn for a similar read?

NoveList is a database that you can access through DPL’s website.  It is found under Research and then under Books & Literature. Type in a title and on the right side of the screen, it will recommend 9 similar books.

The National Anthem - 80 years

The Star Spangled Banner - American flag surrounded by fireworks

80 years ago this week, the Star-Spangled Banner was designated the national anthem of the United States by Act of Congress (on Mar. 3, 1931, to be exact.) The words were written by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Sept. 13-14, 1814.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Did you know march is frozen food month! pt 2

As you may know, March is National Frozen Food Month, in previous posts i declared this month to instead be Cook-Something-For-Yourself month!

My intention is to get people to avoid relying on frozen food this month, but let's renegotiate that. How about you cook some home made frozen food instead?

Try some of these great resources:

The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30-Day Gourmet: A Month of Meals Made Easy

Don't Panic More Dinner's in the Freezer: A Second Helping of Tasty Meals You Can Make Ahead

The Great Gatsby Video Game

Start Screen for The Great Gatsby video game

A video game version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald treasure, The Great Gatsby, made for the Nintendo NES, was unearthed at a garage sale and is now available to play online. Fitzgerald is admittedly one of my favorite authors, Gatsby a classic I hold dear, plus I'm a big geek, so I admit my bias, but anyone would have fun playing this game!

Books about video games:

More novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

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