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Heavy Metal to Medal

The band Godsmack

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011.  The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.

The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up!  Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through.  Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:

Colorado Authors Series Presents Steve Friesen, Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy

Buffalo Bill

Curious about Buffalo Bill, his life, and his Colorado connections? Learn more with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Steve Friesen will be at the Bear Valley Branch on Thursday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Friesen will present a slide show and lecture entitled Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy, based on his book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary.

Does Your Retirement Dream Involve a Ukulele?

Ukulele for Dummies

Start planning your retirement now--whether you're in your 20s or your 60s, you can learn something--and have some fun--with Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Get a better idea of the financial planning side of retirement on Tuesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch with Social Security and Retirement: What You Need to Know. Bring your questions about your future Social Security benefits, and Social Security Administration representative Mike Baksa will answer them.

Everybody's Doing It!

Kids on Bikes

International Walk (or bike) to School Day is Wednesday, Oct 5th!

In the 1960's about 1/2 of all kids walked or biked to school. Now nearly 90% arrive in cars or buses. Take a walk with your child and cash in on the environmental, safety education and fitness benefits together! Children ages 1-15 years of age typically receive less than $1 in traffic education and the cost of an injury involving a vehicle is staggering.

Safe Travel for the Elementary School Child
Children need adults to teach them how to be safe around vehicles, not to dart between parked cars, to watch for turning cars and not to play behind a parked car, even if it is in their own driveway. Here is a bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety education training course with K-5 curriculum from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Desperate Measures

into the forest by jean hegland

It's autumn. My thoughts turn to the usual autumnal things like the changing leaves, apple picking, pumpkin carving...and a strange hankering for tales of desperation.

Something about this time of year tends to make some of us a bit melancholy. It's a time to fend off sleep when the sun sinks below the horizon at 5:00. We watch the leaves fall and our flowers wither with frost. We haul out the blankets and heat up the tea kettle. We bake bread and fill bowls with hearty soups as if we're bears stockpiling calories for our long winter's sleep. This time of year, reading about hardship somehow makes me feel cozier.

StoryCorps is in Denver - Record Your Story!

StoryCorps MobileBooth

UPDATE: The audio archive is now available in the Digital Collections Catalog.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project that encourages us to listen to each other by sharing the stories of our lives with the people we love. Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve these stories by recording high-quality interviews between friends or family.

Movies you didn't know were based on books!

Adaptation

Fresh City Life at Central is presenting The Bad Seed as a part of their film series this month and it made me think about other movies that I did not realize were based on books. Here are some others that I hadn't realized were inspired by novels:

 

The Days of Awe

Matzo Balls for Breakfast by Alan King & Friends

The Days of Awe began with Rosh Hashanah and ends with the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur.

Even if you don't celebrate the holidays, the Library has a variety of titles to help you learn more about Jewish traditions and customs. Nonfiction titles like Days of Awe and The Yom Kippur Anthology are interesting guides.  Stories about growing up Jewish are a more personal, intimate way to celebrate and immerse yourself in another person's experience.  

Favorite memoirs include: 

Money Money

Lost and Found : Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money by Geneen Roth

Money! Money! We all need it and there’s never enough of it! 

You already know about using the library to borrow DVDs, books and music. Have you used the Value Line database to better understand your investments? Check out the many materials that DPL has to assist in saving and investing money.

Homemade Trick or Treat

Popcorn Balls

Nostalgia alert: we're bringing back popcorn balls.

When I was a young 'un, Halloween signified the beginning of the kid calendar. It was a fun, escapist holiday -- and a great break from the routine of a new school year. Mom would counsel my brother and I on our costumes, and help us select a variety of retired clothes that we could use to make our costumes. One year my brother went as a pirate and I went as a devil. Mom found a set of red long underwear for me and Dad built me a makeshift pitchfork. It was the best Halloween ever.

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