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I’ll admit, I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction, a lot more young adult books than adult ones. But lately I’ve been drawn to intense thrillers with strong, complex, and flawed female protagonists. These women are not perfect, but they’re interesting, and have unique voices which made all of these books good reads for me.

Once I finished Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects, I immediately got her second book, Dark Places—even though these books are not in a series. In both, there were interesting characters, twists and turns, and good writing.

Come Geocache With Us!

Alphabet Denver

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Kitty Migaki, author of Alphabet Denver on April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Why are we talking about it so early? Because we want you & your family to participate in the hunt! In advance of Kitty Migaki's April 1 presentation on Alphabet Denver - A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book, we are highlighting the GPS Alphabet Hunt feature of the book, by hosting a GPS hunt of our own! Follow this clue: 39˚40.472' -104˚58.045' in the first step towards our cache box and a fun prize!!

THE PHAMILY PERFORMS THE "ELEPHANT MAN"

Are you experiencing Bronco withdrawal? Why not spend your Sunday afternoon watching a live performance of "The Elephant Man," presented by the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artist's League (PHAMALY).

The Elephant Man, a Tony award winning play by Bernard Pomerance, was first performed in London in 1977, and the same historical episode became the basis of a successful 1980 film starring John Hurt. It's the true story of Joseph Merrick, a terribly disfigured yet sensitive and intelligent man who is displayed as a carnival freak, and then rescued by a doctor --only to be more subtly exploited by Victorian society.

Want to be Healthy? Want to Save Money? Got a T-Shirt?

Super Cleanse

Enhance your health, embellish your t-shirt, or fatten your wallet this week with Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Start your health quest on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek with Healthy Detox. Learn how to dust out your body's cobwebs and start the new year with a gentle, foods-based detoxification. Learn how cleansing can give your body and mind more energy, better sleep, and greater concentration.

About the Blackout

Wikipedia's page on internet blackout day.

This Wednesday, you may have noticed the internet got a little weird: Google’s logo on its homepage was censored, Wikipedia went black, even LOLcats were asking you to contact your members of Congress. The cause of all the uproar? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), two bills currently in front of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively.

Both SOPA and PIPA were created to allow the U.S. Department of Justice and copyright holders greater capacity to combat online sharing of copyrighted intellectual property and goods – i.e., to make it harder to pirate music, movies, and other media online. Proponents of the bills, the most vocal being the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, estimate that internet piracy results in some $100 million in lost profits annually for U.S. companies and the loss of thousands of jobs.

Colorado Authors Series: Stan Yan, SquidWorks Comics

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Stan Yan of SquidWorks comics this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Stan Yan grew up in Denver and went to school at UC Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for 13 years. He takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang.

Jazz, Books, and Herbal Medicine!

Whether you want to learn about a famous jazz musician or make your own t-shirt, there is plenty going on this week at FCL My Branch!

Have you always been a music fan and are wanting to learn more about a legendary jazz musician? Join us at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 for a Duke Ellington Lecture. Although many people are aware of Duke Ellington's hits from the 1930s and 40s, he also created some undiscovered gems during the 50s and 70s. Come learn about the 47 year career of this music legend!

Happy Birthday, Archie Leach!

Photograph of Cary Grant

January 18 was the day of Archibald Leach's birth, in 1904, in Bristol, England. Leach, a one-time stilt walker and vaudevillian, would become world famous in the 1930s under a different name... Cary Grant.

Grant originally came to the United States as part of a stage troupe and stayed when everyone else went home. After spending almost a decade in vaudeville and on stage, he went to Hollywood and his new bosses at Paramount pictures renamed him Cary Grant (the initials, C.G., were already popular with moviegoers--Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were two of the biggest movie stars in the world).

It's like Shakespeare... on a plane

A drawing of William Shakespeare

While Kenneth Branagh's 1989 Henry V itself was not a Hollywood production, its critical and commercial success led to a new wave of Shakespeare adaptations.

Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 Hamlet is something of an exception--it completed Zeffirelli's Shakespeare trilogy. He started it in the sixties with Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet.

For the early 1990s, Branagh was the popular face of Shakespeare--he adapted Much Ado About Nothing in 1993 and appeared (but did not direct) in 1995's Othello.

Sustainable Funding Breakfast - Final Report

Sustainable Funding Meeting at Central

On Thursday, January 12 we hosted a breakfast with various City Officials and community leaders to discuss sustainable funding options for Denver Public Library. Speakers included: Kevin O'Connor, Library Commission President, Brendan Hanlon, City Budget Director, Eloise May, Executive Director, Arapahoe Library District, Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County Libraries, and finally, Mike King, DPL Friends Foundation.

I've posted a recap of this meeting online: Options for the Library's Future (printable PDF). Additionally, the information that we discussed at the meeting is posted at denverlibrary.org/library-district.

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