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World Cup Drama - All those injuries!!

Neymar World Cup injury

Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining.  I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field.  It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.  

Plaza Voices: World Cup

Carlos celebrates Brazil's score with his friends.

Every four years, billions of people tune in to watch countries from around the globe compete in the World Cup, one of the largest international tournaments outside of the Olympics. Much like the Olympics, this is an opportunity for national pride to swell as you root for your home country. Whether you are a soccer (or dare I say, football?) aficionado, or just recently realized that the U.S. even had a team, it is a chance for strangers to band to together and even learn more about our neighbors from other nations. 

Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

director Sarah Polley

The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up.

Knitters Need a Little Holiday Joy Now

Calling all knitters and crocheters. Fresh City Life is having a summer sale on all in-stock yarns. Our selection of yarns will be discounted from 20-30% off. And selected closeout yarns will be reduced to half price. It's a wonderful opportunity for crafters to grow their yarn stash a bit just before the autumn weather sparks an increase in knitting cold weather accessories and seasonal gifts. 

Fresh City Life Yarn Sale, July 7-31

International Latino Book Awards

Cover image: Rebozos de palabras

Latino Literacy Now just presented the International Latino Book Awards on June 28. These awards are always fascinating in that they cover both children's and adult books, international authors and publishers, self-published books, and interesting categories, including Latino-focused and different subjects in nonfiction. I've listed a few of the winning titles below, but you might like to check out the complete list of winners and honorable mentions.

Mariachi: A Unique Summer Concert

Mariachi - What Does It Mean?

Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

The Bully Pulpit

The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction books published in the previous year.  The winners are selected by a committee of seven distinguished library professionals and chaired by Nancy Pearl (who has her own action figure!).

Dos Voces, Dos Guitarras: Lunch Box Music in the Great Hall

They dazzled at our lunchtime music series last season -- and they're back for an encore performance. Suzanne Morales and Manuel Molina make beautiful music together. Both are strong solo performers, but their duets are transporting. They are two voices as one. Don't miss this spectacular concert performance by Denver's musical masters.

What they don't teach you in school: Life can suck

You know what I'm talking about. Jobs that are black holes; low pay; no benefits; never ending bills; unexpected expenses; debt; turmoil in your personal life... Geeezzz I thought school was terrible, but it has nothing on the reality facing you once you graduate. Bills, unexpected expenses, 90% of your life devoured by work, and oh yeah, if you're going to college, you might as well kiss your savings good bye, because collages are outrageously over-priced and those student loans you have to get are bloodthirsty vampires.

Save the Date: The Wizard of Oz is blowing into town

Friday, August 29. It'll arrive like a twister, fall from the sky like a sepia-tinted house, and be gone like an old hot air balloon before you even know it. So mark the date on your calendar for The Denver Public Library's presentation of The Wizard of Oz -- a celebration of the 75th anniversary of this most beloved film of the last century. 

Film on the Side: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Friday, August 29, Showtime: Dusk
Acoma Plaza (near the west entrance of the Central Library)

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