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Make Mother's Day Plans with Eleanor Brown

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to bring your favorite woman to hear Eleanor Brown talk about her very popular novel The Weird Sisters? You can even get her a signed copy!

After Mother's Day brunch, plan on taking mom, grandma, or your favorite aunt to the Schlessman Family Branch for this Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presentation on Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The Shirley Jackson Awards honor outstanding achievement in writing psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Try out some of the nominees if you dare! And make sure to check out some books by the awards' namesake, Shirley Jackson, while you're at it!

NOVEL

  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub
  • Feed, Mira Grant (I really enjoyed this one--the 2nd book in the series, Deadline, is coming soon!)

Are You Ready to Peep Your Book?

The Peep with the Dragon Tattoo? War and Peeps? Twipeep? Harry Peeper? Are you ready for our 2nd annual Peep Your Book contest?

If you have a favorite book, and enjoy those marshmallow Peeps that surface in grocery stores every spring, put them together for the Fresh City Life My Branch Peep Your Book Contest! Create a shoebox-sized diorama of a scene from your favorite book using marshmallow Peeps as the characters. See branches accepting entries for complete submission details. Categories and prizes for adults, teens, kids, and families!

Eisner Award Nominees Announced

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

The nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today. See the complete list here.

Whether you're a seasoned graphic novel reader or are new to the format, this list is a great place to find suggestions for what to read next. The nominees cover a wide range of categories, from continuing series to single issue, from publications aimed at kids, teens, and adults, to humor, reality-based, and anthologies. There are also specific awards for the all of the different artists who put their talents to work to make a graphic novel as a whole: writer, penciller/inker, painter, cover artist, lettering, and coloring.

Money Management, Travel, and Teacups

Whether you want to help a child learn about money, virtually travel to Cuba, or make a candle in a teacup, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this week!!

Adult program selections this week include:

Are You a Paranoid Parent?

The Paranod Parents Guide

Christie Barnes, author of The Paranoid Parents Guide: Worry Less, Parent Better, and Raise a Resilient Child will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on information gleaned from years of research, Ms. Barnes knows that many parents are wasting their time and energy worrying about the wrong things. In this presentation, she will give parents a much needed reality check, opening their eyes to the real dangers lurking that are more likely to impact their children--and what they can do about them. Bring your questions! Ms. Barnes will have several giveaways for lucky members of the audience, including Paranoid Parents Kits!

Colorado Authors Series Presents: Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh

Join Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh will discuss his book Crossroads of Culture: Anthropology Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is also the author of other works on Native American anthropology and archaeology. Come find out about his books and the fascinating collections in our own Denver Museum of Nature and Science!

Listen to Audio eBooks While Knitting or Decorating a Cake!

Fresh City Life My Branch has programs for the crafty adults out there as well as those of you with questions about downloading eBooks and eAudios and using DPL's databases.

Want to learn how to knit or improve your skills? Join the Sit 'n Knit group at the Bear Valley Branch on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. This is a group for both experienced knitters willing to share their knowledge and newbies wanting to increase their knitting know-how. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

Colorado Authors Series: Sue Frederick

Sue Frederick, author of I See Your Dream Job: A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do, joins us for a Colorado Authors Series presentation on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Using intution to fuflill your life's purpose and navigate change, Ms. Frederick will teach you to tap into your powerful intuition, see the mission that you came to accomplish, and move forward fearlessly--even if major reinvention is required. Ms. Frederick will give free mini-career readings to several members of the audience. You'll walk away with new tools for intuitive learning and a fresh perspective on your life's mission.

Crafting Through Colorado History...With Bees

What does Fresh City Life My Branch have in store this week, you ask? The answer, as usual, is something for everyone!

The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:

Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.

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