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Ready for a Healthy Change?

Fruit!

Ready to get healthier but don't know where to start? Fresh City Life My Branch has a few places for you to begin!

On Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch, learn about the health benefits of yoga from Michelle Corriell, Registered Yoga Teacher and owner of neighborhood studio Harmony Yoga. Michelle will answer common questions that people have about starting a yoga practice and help you decide if it's right for you. You don't have to be flexible to try yoga, and you don't have to be of a certain age or ability level, either!

Lammy Finalists Announced Today

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards today. Winners will be announced on May 26.The Lammys honor achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing.

With 114 finalists in 24 categories of LGBT literature, there will be books of interest to many on this extensive list. Showing the evolution of LGBT publishing, this is the first year that the Transgender category has had enough nominations to be divided into fiction and nonfiction (the Bisexual category was first split just last year). Other categories include Anthology, Children's/Young Adult, Drama, Poetry, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Gay & Lesbian Debut Fiction, Memoir & Biography, Mystery, and Romance.

Improve Your Body, Mind, and Closet!

Whether you want to feed your body and spirit by starting a yoga practice, improve the look of your closet, or need some tax tips, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week.

Start off by getting up to speed on the Denver Public Library's new catalog, Polaris on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Find out about keeping track of your reading history, placing holds, and other fabulous features!

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Join the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch to celebrate Women's History Month.

Learn about the women, well-behaved and not, who have made history in Colorado. Fairmount volunteers Joan & Garry O'Hara will be your guides for this slide show through the history of Colorado's notable women.

Colorado Authors Series: Jim Hall

Jim Hall will be speaking about his book Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer. He completed over 1800 jumps in his 60 years and has received many awards and honors for his parachuting innovations. Mr. Hall is a retired Colorado Air National Guard Brigadier General and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985. See pictures from his adventures and find out more about him on his website.

Sewing, Traveling, and the DPL Catalog, Oh My!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot of choices for you this week, from learning about Polaris, DPL's new catalog, to women's history to the basics of sewing.

Want to get back into the groove of placing holds and checking your library account online? Learn about all the new features of Polaris, the Denver Public Library's new system at one of these classes:

Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Colorado Authors Series: Jacqueline St. Joan

Local author Jacqueline St. Joan will be at the Schlessman Family Branch on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her novel My Sisters Made of Light.

In her novel, St. Joan draws from her extensive travels and research to share with readers a compelling portrait of the compelling, heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying lives of the women and men in the social, political, and religious maze that is Pakistan. St. Joan is an award-winning poet, travel writer, teacher, and lawyer. She has worked as a county judge, a law professor, and a child and human rights advocate. My Sisters Made of Light is her first novel.

Coming This Week: Knitting, Needle Felting, Chickens, and More!

ABC of Poultry Raising

Whether you're interested in crafts, safe driving, helping others by donating blood, or learning how you can keep chickens in your yard, Fresh City Life My Branch has something for you this week!

There are several options for you crafty folks. On Tuesday, March 1 at 10 a.m., the Bear Valley Branch will be hosting Sit 'n Knit, a group sure to please any fiber maven. Both experienced knitters and beginners are welcome to share their knowledge and learn something new. Fiber hosts are Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

Extend Your Growing Season with Cold Frames

Earthly Delights

Want to have fresh lettuce all year round? Learn how on Saturday, February 26, 11 a.m. at the Ross-Univeristy Hills Branch.

Denver Master Gardener Barbara Masoner will share how she grows food throughout the year. Learn how to build a cold frame in your own yard. It's cheap, it's easy, and it provides fresh greens even during the winter!

Want to learn more about growing your own food, either throughout the year or in a small space? Check out some of these titles:

Author Series: Jewell Parker Rhodes Visits Schlessman

Recent Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award winner for her children's novel Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes will be speaking at the Schlessman Family Branch on Saturday, February 26, at 2 p.m.

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