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Colorado Authors Series: Stan Yan, SquidWorks Comics

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Stan Yan of SquidWorks comics this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Stan Yan grew up in Denver and went to school at UC Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for 13 years. He takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang.

Saturday: Design Your Home Library or Create Your Urban Homestead

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

This Saturday, join Fresh City Life My Branch for one of these special events! The Colorado Authors Series presents Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, or learn how to arrange your home library with Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books.

Aspiring urban homesteaders! Gather at the Schlessman Family Branch at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 to get started with Sundari Kraft. With her book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly — and save money and time — in an urban environment.

Tech, Crafts, and Music!

Knitting for Dummies

What do you want to learn this week? Knitting? Guitar? How to use your new eReader? Fresh City Life My Branch has it all for you!

Maybe your New Year's resolution is to finally learn to play that guitar or ukulele that's been sitting in your closet? Join us starting tonight, Monday, January 9, at the Ross-Broadway Branch for So You Want to Play…Guitar? Ukulele? at 6:30 p.m. You'll learn how to choose an instrument, what accessories you need, and more! Space is limited, please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

Fresh City Life My Branch--Back in Action in 2012!

The Wichita Divide

Fresh City Life My Branch is back with a diverse, fun, and educational schedule of events for January & February! Check out the whole schedule here. Some upcoming highlights include:

Our first Colorado Authors Series event of 2012 is with Stephen Singular on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman. Mr. Singular is a 2-time New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. His first book was Talked to Death about the murder of Denver radio personality, Alan Berg.

Happy Birthday, Dame Maggie Smith!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, aka Maggie Smith, was born December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. She is a highly respected actress, winner of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 SAG Awards, and a Tony. Her films have ranged from the serious to the comedic. She currently stars in the television series Downton Abbey. Check out one of the titles from her vast filmography today!

Othello (1964)

The V.I.P.s (1963)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)

Death on the Nile (1978)

2012: Are You Ready?

2012: The War for Souls

The year 2012 is fast approaching. To many writers, 2012 seemed like a good year far in the future in which to set their stories. Other books are centered around a prophecy that the world will end in 2012. Get ready for the new year with some fiction set in 2012!

Angel Fire East, Terry Brooks

2012 Airborne Prophecy, Nina Anderson

Apocalypse 2012 & The 2012 Codex, Gary Jennings

Domain, Steve Alten

Coming Soon – 2012 Building Contest!

The Lego Ideas Book

Start planning now for the Fresh City Life My Branch 2012 Building Contest! Entries will be accepted between January 3-13. What will you build? See below for guidelines, and branches for official entry forms!

2012 Lego Contest Guidelines
Create a scene using our “Supersonic World – 2012 and Beyond!” theme using Legos! Creativity is a must, so all entries must come straight from your imagination (i.e., no Lego sets). Prizes will be awarded in adult, child (by age group), teen, and family categories. Judging will be held at the Bear Valley branch on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at noon.

It's That Time of Year Again...

Blood, Bones & Butter

I enjoyed doing a nontraditional favorites of the year list last year, so thought I'd compile my favorite reads of 2011, in various categories, as the year comes to a close.

Favorite Cookbook:
Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites.
Everything I've done from this book so far has been wonderful. The Brie & Apple Tart will be Christmas morning breakfast at our house, and later we'll have the Rocky Road Pie!

Books & Knitting to End the Year

The Girls from Ames

If you need a break from holiday madness, how about a Fresh City Life My Branch program? We'll soon be taking a holiday break, so join us while you can!

Bear Valley's Sit 'n Knit group meets on Tuesday, December 13 from 10:30-12:30. New to knitting or just want to share your know-how, this is the group for you!

Intuition, Crafts, and Food!

Sharing Mountain Recipes

Before Fresh City Life My Branch programming takes a bit of a break for the holiday season, enjoy one of these programs this week!

Tonight, Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Schlessman, Man of 1,000 Songs Rob Wivchar is back to soothe your winter stress with his holiday stylings! Stop by and listen for a while!

On Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. you have many craft choices:

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