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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:

Did you know march is frozen food month! pt 3

During this month celebrating frozen foods, lets tip our hats to the most delicious of frozen foods, DESSERTS!!!

Jane Russell 1921-2011

The autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours

Jane Russell, pin-up girl and Hollywood heartthrob, sadly passed away on Monday evening in her home. Signed to a seven-year contract by billionaire Howard Hughes, Jane Russell appeared in movies with Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. She details much of her life in her autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path & My Detours.

Selected Filmography:

March is Frozen Food Month, I think not!

America has decided to dedicate a whole month to frozen food. While I enjoy the convenience I hardly think frozen food deserves an entire month of attention. So I am hereby declaring March to now be Cook-Something-For-Yourself month!

While I am very lucky in that I get to cook dinner three to four times a week I understand that not everyone is as driven or privileged. This month, though, I want you all to make a concerted effort to prepare and enjoy a meal made from scratch all for you! Here are a couple resources to get you inspired and perhaps carried away (I almost said curried away! ; } )

Did you know march is frozen food month!

A whole month dedicated to frozen food? I think not! So, here are some movies to get your cooking juices flowing. I hereby declare March as National Cook-Something-For-Yourself Month!

Babette's Feast

Like Water for Chocolate

Chocolat 

Julie & Julia

Delicatessen

Big Night

Zoo Babies!!

Did you hear about the babies' arrival? Do you remember spring at the zoo when you were young?

I have fond memories of visiting the Denver Zoo as a child and seeing all the spring babies.  On January 18 & February 10, the Zoo welcomed palm cockatoo babies. As the weather warms and days lengthen more babies will arrive. We at the library can help satisfy the curious mind both young and older. We have books and DVDs about animals.

The DVD Silence of the Bees mentions palm cockatoos.

March Madness

Basketball

Early signs of March Madness are everywhere. How do you know if you are afflicted?

Check the following list for warning signs:  

Happy Birthday DIA!

The Denver International Airport officially opened on February 28, 1995 and remains the only major airport opened in the last 25 years. DIA is proud to have the largest solar farm at any commercial airport in the United States of America. Interested in learning more fun facts about DIA?

Want to learn more about DIA and its unique history?

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