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Father's Day Ideas from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Father's Day is Coming

Father's Day is coming up in just a few weeks! Get an idea for a gift with a Fresh City Life My Branch program, or give Dad the gift of time and go to one of these great upcoming programs together!

Does your dad get frustrated with tech gadgets? Wish he could use eBooks or navigate the library web site? Steer him towards the Tech Open House at the Ross University Hills Branch on Monday, June 4 from 11 a.m. until noon. Have him bring his gadgets and/or questions, and he'll get one-on-one help from a librarian!

Culture, Crafts, and Chocolate!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of events this week, whether your taste for culture runs to opera or to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Kick off your summer by making sure you'll know how to use that new eReader when your vacation comes around! Access library materials 24/7, and never worry about turning something in late! Get all the info you need to start downloading eBooks or eAudios at eBooks 101 on Wednesday, May 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Come when we're going to be talking about YOUR questions:

5 p.m. - Audio eBooks

Opera, Anyone?

Central City Opera

Whether you're an opera aficionado or are just curious about what opera is all about, you can expand your knowledge while having fun with Fresh City Life My Branch and Fresh City Life programs in June!

Central City Opera is the 2nd oldest annual professional opera festival in the country, located right here in Colorado! Each summer, they present three productions, including an opera favorite, a lesser known work, and an American work. One of summer 2012's offerings is Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, based on the novella by Henry James. Set in a 19th century English country house filled with ghosts and mystery, this work is sure to set your spine tingling!

Waiting for Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

Over the weekend I read Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.

This follow up to her 2006 memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which focused on her father, concentrates both on her relationship with her mother and on her therapy process. At one point, Bechdel refers to Are You My Mother? as a meta-book, as much of it deals with the time period when she was writing Fun Home, as well as her interactions with her mother around writing both that book and Are You My Mother?

Pre-Holiday Fun with Fresh City Life My Branch

Feng Shui Garden

While you're making your Memorial Day weekend plans, take a mini break this week with a Fresh City Life My Branch event!

If you're planning on working in your garden this weekend, why not apply some Feng Shui principles? Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces will be presenting Feng Shui in the Garden twice this week:

Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch

Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch

Money, Public Speaking and...Geeks?

Denver Mint

What's your pleasure on Saturday with Fresh City Life My Branch? A craft? Zombie book club? And, since we know you might have to work up your courage, we have Public Speaking 101 on Sunday!

Events for Saturday, May 19:

If you'd like to make a Fused Glass Pendant at Smiley at 2 p.m., please register now (720-865-0260 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org).

Author Jean Craighead George Dies at Age 92

Julie

Children's writer Jean Craighead George, author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books, has died at the age of 92.

One of my favorite childhood books, one that I read over and over, was her classic book of a young boy's survival in the Catskill mountains, My Side of the Mountain. I remember with vivid detail how Sam Gribley ran away from the city to survive on his own in the wilderness--how he made his own clothes, hunted food (and eventually caught and trained a falcon to do some hunting for him), and carved out a tree to make a comfortable home.

Crafts, Books, and Courts--and It's Not Even the Weekend Yet!

Great House

So many things to do, and that's not even counting all the great events this weekend! Fresh City Life My Branch has something for YOU this week!

If you're itching to see flowers growing in your yard, make it happen! Get a bit messy with Throw & Sow Seed Balls, Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch!

James Beard Foundation Book Awards--The Best in Food Writing

Blood, Bones, and Butter

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards were recently announced. These awards celebrate books about cooking in various categories. Check out these award winning titles the next time you're looking for a new recipe to try, or you just want to read about the wonderful world of food!

Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Modernist Cuisine, Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Cookbook Hall of Fame: Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, Laurie Colwin

A Weekend for the Birds...or the Crafters!

More Than 36 Days

Whether you're an aspiring bird watcher or crafter, cook or card maker, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you on Saturday, May 12!

For all of you crafters out there, try these:

Felting with Wynne Reynolds, 10 a.m. at Schlessman: Learn the art of needle felting and go home with a cute bird! All supplies provided. Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

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