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Serendipity of Browsing

Sandra visits the Central Library for serendipitous browsing: scouting new authors and reigniting intellectual passions.

Sandra enjoys wandering the stacks at the Central Library on Sundays when her neighborhood branch library is closed and parking is free at the downtown meters. "If anyone ever asks me the most valuable item in my purse," says Sandra, "It's my library card."

We Read

Yi-Ting, Brian, and Nancy (left to right)

Meet Yi-Ting, Brian and Nancy, three shelvers who help support the shelving team at the Library. While library shelvers locate books that may have roamed and groom bookstacks to invite browsing, they also are avid readers. Don't know what to read next? Grab a few recommendations from the book stacks!

Yi-Ting enjoys cooking and believes you'll enjoy the cookbooks of Jacques Pépin even if you aren't a gourmand. (Take a peek at his DVDs which highlight his screen presence and c-h-a-r-m.)

Laughter in Recovery

Jeff Garlin: My Footprint

Addiction is in the news and so is recovery.

You don't have to be an addict to have addiction touch your life. Family members, friends even co-workers may be struggling with addiction to food, drugs, or other destructive behaviors. Comedians, especially those who have struggled with addiction, can often say what others would never dare to voice. They shine a light on the painful subject and infuse laughter in the darkest moments of addiction. Comedians Chris Farley and John Belushi are reminders of the deadly consequences of addiction.

Five Best Movies About Fashion

Tim Gunn's Golden Rules

Fashion expert Tim Gunn shares his five most favorite fashion films in his latest book Gunn's Golden Rules.

Trained artist, designer, and gentleman Tim Gunn is one of the reasons Project Runway is so popular. Take a mini-course on fashion and check out his five most recommended films on fashion:

Blow-Up - Starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave.

Funny Face - Starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Cinema South of the Border

Lake Tahoe

La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias y Artes Cinematograficas has been recognizing the best in Mexican film since 1947 with the Ariel awards. Given the price of gas, you'll be happy to know the best cinema is available closer to home from your Library.

Loss, redemption, and love with a smattering of the supernatural is just a sample of what is available. My film club recently screened La ley de Herodes / Herod's Law and we were amazed how the dark humor surrounding political corruption clearly communicated across the language barrier.

So pull out your readers or practice your Spanish with a sample offering of Mexico's best films!

Country Side of Life

Academy of Country Music Awards

You don't have to be a fan or regular listener of country music to enjoy a good awards show. The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards will be televised live on Sunday, April 3.

Two of my favorite ACM catagories for the 2011 awards are entertainer of the year and album of the year. Like most protagonists in a country music song, I am looking for a change and hope the academy gives a nod to Aldean or Lambert for entertainer of the year.

If you need a refresher on a performer's talents, listen to one of the CDs by a nominated artist:

The Shorty Awards

Shorty Awards

The 3rd annual Shorty Awards are being hosted from NYC live Monday, March 28! The awards show honors the best of short, real-time content with 140 characters or less on Twitter.

Addicted to text messaging? Then you may enjoy Twitter. Likened to text messaging on the Internet, I am hooked on Twitter. Learn how to tweet (send a message) with the best of your tweeps (Twitter + peeps) with the variety of help guides available at the Library.

Miss Jackson

Cover art for Janet Jackson's Number One

Don't have a ticket to her concert April 6?

The Library has a selection of Miss Jackson's CDs and DVDs to host a staycert in your own home.

Sample of CDs available:

Music DVDs include:

To Life!

Fanny Brice spelling out Jell-O in Baby Snooks voice - Martha Holmes, 1946

The Singer Gallery, located in the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, is featuring a new exhibit of images from LIFE Magazine, "the first all photographic news magazine" launched by TIME founder Henry Luce.

Over 60 images by popular photojournalists are represented including Margaret Bourke-White and John Loengard.   They captured life in America and abroad, giving beauty and sadness diverse faces to those at home.  If you can't make it to the  exhibit or want to learn more about the people behind the cameras, take a look at these titles available at the Library:

Rock On Brett Saunders

Bret Saunders

Colorado is home to fantastic radio stations and one of them is 97.3 FM KBCO: World Class Rock.  The popular morning show hosted by Brett Saunders highlights new music, books, and current events.

If you miss any of the shows, the KBCO website features podcasts with authors and musicians.  Always behind on who is trending in rock, I get the 411 by reviewing the "Top 20 on demand."  Did you know the Library offers many artists who are featured?  Check it out!  

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