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The Year of the Stag

 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

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Adverb: Without a partner at a social gathering: "a lot of boys went stag."

stag·nant/ˈstagnənt/

Documentary as Art

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While working in the stacks the other day I stumbled upon this fantastic book of photography, West of Last Chance. Now, I had seen this title many times when walking past and I always wondered what it referred to. This time I picked it up and was blown away by the scope and beauty of this collection.

Having grown up in Colorado I know all about the desolate beauty of a High Plains desert. The photographer Peter Brown really captures the breathtaking beauty of wide open vistas. As the book says "You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful."

Message from the City Librarian: Library’s Customer Base is Far from Eroding

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In a recent Denver Post article by Vincent Carroll, he states, “… does it really make sense to relieve the city's budget woes by creating a permanent funding stream for the one service whose customer base is facing potentially drastic erosion? Before any tax reaches the ballot, let someone make that case.”

As you can imagine, I have a very strong opinion about this. Libraries have been adapting to the world around them for the past century, and the surge of the digital age is no different. Libraries provide essential services to the public such as computer access and training, job-search assistance, literacy programs, and access to thousands of print and digital materials. They serve as the cornerstone of their community and are a key link in developing a knowledgeable, productive workforce and fostering economic development.

What the heck is a Docent, and why do you really want to be one?

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UPDATE: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants we've seen as a result of this blog post. We are currently at capacity, and will not be accepting more Docent applications at this time. Check back later!

At DPL, “Docent” is a fancy word for a highly-trained volunteer with special skills, and here at the Community Technology Center, docents are basically the glue that holds the place together.

They teach one-on-one lessons to customers who need help with topics like email, internet searching, word processing and job seeking, as well as downloading music and even advanced topics like designing websites. They also work the help desk with staff, answering phones and customer questions with intelligence, courtesy and a healthy sense of humor. Some docents even teach classes.

On Point

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A good dance critic takes risks, teases out aesthetic questions, and faces each performance with anticipation.  A great dance critic like Arlene Croce makes you believe dance is really all there is to talk about.

Arlene Croce wrote the dance column in the The New Yorker from 1973 until 1998.  I first learned of her column when a high school teacher shared a photocopied review in preparation to see Judith Jamison dance.  I was too young, too inexperienced and Croce's words were hollow.

And then I saw Judith Jamison dance.
And nothing was ever the same.

This Weekend: Romance, Buffalo Bill, or Both?

Fresh City Life My Branch has 2 great authors featured this weekend. Choose one, or be eclectic and come to both!

Romance author Cindi Myers will be at Schlessman on Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Myers believes in love at first sight, good chocolate, cold champagne, that people who don't like animals can't be trusted, and that God obviously has a sense of humor. She is the author of over 40 novels. Her latest is Work of Heart. Others include:

Think You Know Buffalo Bill?

Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Steve Friesen on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Mr. Friesen will present a slide show and lecture entitled Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy, based on his recently published book Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary. The book is a finalist in the History/Biography category of the soon to be announced Colorado Book Awards.

Lilian Jackson Braun 1913-2011

Popular mystery writer, Lilian Jackson Braun passed away earlier this week in South Carolina at the age of 97. Her "The Cat Who ..." series began in 1966 with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards and includes 29 mystery novels and at least 2 short story collections.

The most recent books in the series included:

City Tales: NYC

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Let's visit the city that never sleeps. 

There are thousands of books that feature the Big Apple. Let's take a look at some of the more unique aspects of NYC.

The Little Big Book of New York
I love this little book and I learn something new about NYC every time I flip through these pages. It's got poetry, song lyrics, essays, short stories, recipes and all sorts of fun legends and facts. Want to enjoy a tasty knish with your Long Island Iced Tea? This book's got you covered.

Save room for a Sundae on Friday: Butter Pecan Sundaes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Helliemae's Salt Caramel Sauce

"Do you want some of this?" -- Little Edie (offering butter pecan ice cream to her mother), Grey Gardens

 If you've seen the documentary Grey Gardens, then you know there are several scenes that revolve around food. And if you count scenes of raccoons in the attic, there are even more. 

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