As a kid I marked time not by the seasons but by events. My most favorite event was the annual back to school shopping trip. My siblings and I would munch down on K-Mart’s blue light special sandwiches and parade like five hungry caterpillars collecting our yellow no. 2 pencils, pink erasers, and crayons. There is nothing like opening up a new box of crayons and breathing deeply.
I still celebrate the season by taking stock in my apartment. What needs a fresh coat of paint or where I can add new color? Renovation expectations are managed by a limited budget and talent. I rely on the experts like Todd Oldham, Libby Langdon, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan but the library has so many talented designers you can take home for a weekend.
Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, July 27 at noon, for delectable food of the region and riveting conversation during Lunch Travels: India! Visit Mumbai, Pune and the Arabian coast as your guide shares pictures, travel tips and anecdotes from her recent adventure.
Did you know that there are about 3,000 languages, including dialects, spoken in India? The library's language database, Mango Languages, can help you learn the national language of India, Hindu, or even Urdu!
Stellar TV shows can be found on more than just the cable networks. The CW excels at creating series geared toward Teens and those that are young at heart. The station may have changed it's name a time or two, but the quality of the programming remains the same.
Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about this summer.
Books for younger readers:
I Barfed on Mrs. Kenlyby Jessica Harper is the third book in the "Uh-oh Cleo" series. On her way to a birthday party, too many pancakes catch up with Cleo and she barfs on her friend's mom's fancy coat! Recommended by Val from Virginia Village.
Chef Shellie Kark has been teaching people how to cook at Fresh City Life for four years now, and there's a reason for that. Many people can churn out a delicious feast, but instructing others how to do so is an art form all its own, and that's where Shellie excels.
Her line of cooking instruction DVDs called Kitchencue is phenomenal- rather than focus on specific recipes, this chef tackles cooking techniques instead. Her three volume video set features sautes & pan sauces, soups & stock, and roasting. Endless delectable combinations can be made using these simple techniques, from a basic pork loin roast to a complicated roux-based cream sauce.
No Cable? No problem. The library has all the best TV shows available on DVD! The USA Network features programs with original and zany characters in often comedic or precarious situations. Did you know that these and other TV shows check out for three weeks? Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Learn how to take control of your finances with money management tips.
The basic concepts of money management may not be rocket science, but many of us have trouble managing our finances to reach our financial goals - and sometimes even to make ends meet. This interactive presentation will cover applying a decision making process to personal financial choices, emotional influences on money management, and will help you begin a plan for earning, spending, saving, and investing.
Nargiza Tulaganova says that one of her favorite novels written in Uzbek is Tushda kechgan umrlar by Utkir Hoshimov, whose title in English means "Lives Passed in Sleep," but Nargiza seems to have no intention of sleeping through her life, thanks to the internship program made possible by the Denver International Program, USA (DIPUSA).
A graduate with a degree in International Relations, a speaker of 4 languages -- Uzbek, Russian, Turkish and English -- and a manager at a company in Uzbekistan, she wanted to continue growing and learning even more, so she visited the Educational Advising Center (EAC) at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent which led her to the Denver International Program and the Denver Public Library. The aim of her program here in Denver is to gain "comprehensive knowledge of library science in the U.S. and to develop leadership skills."
Bam! Pow! Kapow! If your graphic novel or comic collecting allowance has taken a hit, never fear, the library is here! The Library has all the best graphic novel collections for all ages. Batman is DC Comics beloved Dark Knight who works outside the system. Created by the artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, he made his first appearance in 1939. Check out some of the great bat books that have come out so far this year!