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Sewing, Traveling, and the DPL Catalog, Oh My!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot of choices for you this week, from learning about Polaris, DPL's new catalog, to women's history to the basics of sewing.

Want to get back into the groove of placing holds and checking your library account online? Learn about all the new features of Polaris, the Denver Public Library's new system at one of these classes:

Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Book to Movie News: March

Jane Eyre movie poster

Several films debuting in theaters this month are based on books! Which film are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • Beastly is already out in theaters and is based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn.
  • Mars Needs Moms will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Mars Needs Mom by Berke Breathed.
  • Jane Eyre will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  • The Li

Gutsy Women in Fiction

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Celebrate Women's History Month by reading one of these great novels featuring gutsy lady lead characters! Who is your favorite fictional female character?

NoveList

Girls

Looking for a great book? Loved the last book you read and yearn for a similar read?

NoveList is a database that you can access through DPL’s website.  It is found under Research and then under Books & Literature. Type in a title and on the right side of the screen, it will recommend 9 similar books.

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! ; } )

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