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Callooh! Callay! Poetry Month Begins Today!

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Poetry is a thing of great beauty and April, when the crocuses bloom and violets peek out their heads, is the perfect month to celebrate it.

National Poetry Month encourages all people to experience poetry. Be it by reading a new book of poetry, spouting memorized lines on the street corner, carrying a poem in your pocket, or attending a poetry reading you have a whole month in which to accomplish this goal.

National Poetry Month is Finally Here!

slam nation dvd cover

I have been waiting patiently all year,

It has finally come

and the poetry rompus has begun!

The best way to experience poetry is out of the mouths of the poets who have crafted it. These videos will introduce you to some of the hottest young poets working today in the genre known as slam. Grab some popcorn and prepare to laugh, cry, and be blown away by fresh new poetry.

Cinema South of the Border

Lake Tahoe

La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias y Artes Cinematograficas has been recognizing the best in Mexican film since 1947 with the Ariel awards. Given the price of gas, you'll be happy to know the best cinema is available closer to home from your Library.

Loss, redemption, and love with a smattering of the supernatural is just a sample of what is available. My film club recently screened La ley de Herodes / Herod's Law and we were amazed how the dark humor surrounding political corruption clearly communicated across the language barrier.

So pull out your readers or practice your Spanish with a sample offering of Mexico's best films!

Country Side of Life

Academy of Country Music Awards

You don't have to be a fan or regular listener of country music to enjoy a good awards show. The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards will be televised live on Sunday, April 3.

Two of my favorite ACM catagories for the 2011 awards are entertainer of the year and album of the year. Like most protagonists in a country music song, I am looking for a change and hope the academy gives a nod to Aldean or Lambert for entertainer of the year.

If you need a refresher on a performer's talents, listen to one of the CDs by a nominated artist:

Tech Petting Zoo at Bear Valley Branch on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tech Petting Zoo

Did you know that you can still check out eBooks and place holds, even when the library is closed? We have a large collection of eMedia -- downloadable eBooks, audio eBooks and eFlicks (movies) -- available on your portable device or home computer 24/7. The Community Technology Center is providing FREE instruction to show you how it's done!

The Community Technology Center will be heading out to Bear Valley Branch Library on Saturday, April 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. to give people an opportunity to learn how to download and install the software needed to access Denver Public Library's eMedia collection.

If you have a laptop or smart phone, please bring it with you! We will help you install and set up the software on site!

Golly Gee! Vintage Boardgames at WordNerds this Wednesday night!

On the last Wednesday of every month Fresh City Life offers WordNerds, which is a night of word-game-playing fun. We set out Scrabble, Boggle, Balderdash, Apples to Apples and many other word games across the tables of Novo Coffee and MadWine, and as the night progresses

the tables fill up with friends old and new pitting their vocabularies against each other.

Colorado Authors Series: Sue Frederick

Sue Frederick, author of I See Your Dream Job: A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do, joins us for a Colorado Authors Series presentation on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Using intution to fuflill your life's purpose and navigate change, Ms. Frederick will teach you to tap into your powerful intuition, see the mission that you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even if major reinvention is required. Ms. Frederick will give free mini-career readings to several members of the audience. You'll walk away with new tools for intuitive learning and a fresh perspective on your life's mission.

Crafting Through Colorado History...With Bees

What does Fresh City Life My Branch have in store this week, you ask? The answer, as usual, is something for everyone!

The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:

Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.

Get Graphic

Black Hole

If you think comic books are just for kids, you should definitely reconsider and check out some of the awesome adult comic books & graphic novels the library has to offer. Comic Books are stories told through sequential art alongside dialogue and narrative, a combination that allows for a rich reading experience - requiring the use of linguistic literacy and visual literacy.

The term “Graphic Novel” is often used to refer to a longer format, but possibly to also distance the genre from some of the comic book stereotypes. Whatever you want to call them, here are some stand alone books and first issues to get you started.

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Epileptic by David B.

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