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Make a Date with the Weekend!

Novel Night

With so many Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs happening this weekend, you'll want to make a date with yourself to have fun, learn, and explore!

Start off your Saturday with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club at 10 a.m. This month's selection is Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe. Join the conversation!

Smiley's Ukulele Cafe is meeting on Saturday at 12:30! Come share some songs!

Celebrate Women Writers: Orange Prize Longlist Announced!

The Night Circus

Founded in 1996, the Orange Prize for Fiction recognizes women writing in English throughout the world. The longlist was recently announced, coinciding with International Women's Day.

The prize celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women's writing. Celebrate Women's History Month by checking out some of these outstanding novelists!

Chew It, Craft It, Learn the Law

Atonement

Another week begins, and Fresh City Life My Branch has programs this week that will stimulate your creativity and your mind!

Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. marks the debut of Read It, View It, Chew It! at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Have you read Ian McEwan's Atonement? Want to compare it to the movie version? Join us for film, popcorn, and discussion!

Historic Moments, Starting Your Own Boutique

A Defining Moment

Are you a history buff? Want to start your own business? Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you!

Our latest Colorado Authors Series presentation with Patricia Duncan, author of A Defining Moment: Barack Obama: The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, covers history that we all remember. This beautiful book of photography chronicles Obama's journey from candidate to nominee to president, including the Democratic National Convention right here in Denver!

Have You Reserved Your Novel Night Tickets Yet?

Novel Night

Do you love FREE adult programs? Want to support the library's Fresh City Life My Branch adult programs? Tickets to Novel Night are going fast! Have you signed up yet? And just what is Novel Night??

When: Friday, March 30, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schlessman Family Branch Library

What: A fundraiser to benefit Fresh City Life My Branch programming at the Bear Valley, Ross-Broadway, Ross-Cherry Creek, Ross-University Hills, and Schlessman Family branches of the Denver Public Library.

2012 Audie Award Nominees

First Grave on the Right

The Audie Awards recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word performance, and are presented by the Audio Publishers Association. Here are some of the 2012 nominees owned by DPL:

Bossypants, Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey (Biography/Memoir, Humor)

Here Comes Trouble, Michael Moore, narrated by Michael Moore (Biography/Memoir)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, narrated by Maya Angelou (Classic)

March into Spring!

A Defining Moment: Barack Obama

While there may still be a chill in the air, Fresh City Life My Branch is ready for spring! Join us for a program this week!

Get ready for spring flower with Make & Take Studio: Throw & Sow Seed Balls on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Schlessman! Get a little dirty making these balls that will produce summer flowers!

Explore, Paint, and Explore Some More!

Do your weekend plans include a Fresh City Life My Branch program? They will after reading about the offerings over the next few days!

Wanting to explore, but don't want to go very far from home? We have 2 travel programs to take you away:

Explore Siberia on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch: This slide show will give you a tour through this remote land, including architecture, ruins, the countryside, and the Lake Baikal region. Presented by Margaret Donaven, retired DPS teacher with a passion for travel and photography.

What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

Akata Witch

Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

The Mystery of Taxes

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

Tax season got you baffled? Or need a good mystery to get your mind off of your taxes? Join Fresh City Life My Branch for a program this week!

Choose from 2 sessions of Tax Season: Planning and Strategizing this week! Either today, Tuesday, February 21 at 1 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek or Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at Ross-University Hills. Both individuals and small business owners can learn how to maximize their returns with 10 strategies that will help you get the most out of your tax return.

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