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Love to the Cardiac Kids

Love to the Cardiac Kids

Did you know that anyone can have a child with a congenital heart defect? Almost one of a hundred births will have some form of congenital heart disorder. The 6th Annual Cardiac Kids Parent Conference is here to help.

The 6th Annual Cardiac Care Parent Conference is September 11, 2010 at the Childrens' Hospital. Buy your tickets before August 30 for a special discount. Bring your partner for only $5 more.

I was born was a mild congenital heart defect that required surgery by the time I was a Freshman in High School. While it was a confusing time for me, I can not imagine what it must have been like for my parents. The financial burden, the questions, the uncertainty - all things I didn't worry about because they did.

Book to Movie News

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Book Cover Image)

Have you seen the film versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire based on the bestsellers by Stieg Larsson? These films based on books are just two of many recently released or in production.

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Lunch Travels: Brazil

Photo by Amanda Parkhurst-Strout

Can't afford a trip to a far off land right now? Join us at the newly renovated Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library on Tuesday, August 3 at noon, for Lunch Travels: Brazil! Enjoy a photo journey through Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Salvador, and the tiny island of Boipeba.

Brazil is home to one of the three largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu, as well as the world's largest tropical rainforest. After hearing about the breathtaking scenery, delicious street food, and charming nooks and crannies of Brazil, you may want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture or prepare for a trip of your own!

Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

Born today in 1953, Ken Burns has been entertaining and educating audiences for 30 years, and is credited with perfecting the long documentary style, epitomized by his opuses Jazz and Baseball.

Calling PBS home, he has directed over 19 films, most recently The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
With only a few minor exceptions, the library owns Burns' complete works.

Get Creative in Cherry Creek

Whether you are looking for a fun and easy craft to revitalize your refrigerator, an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, or a new creative outlet to express yourself, we would love for you to join us for our  Magnet Making event at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library Saturday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

Inspired by a button maker, an abundance of old magazines and a creative eye, these magnets combine all my favorite elements of handicraft including reusing normally discarded materials!

Looking for more great craft or DIY projects for home? The library has many resources for artisans of all skills and interests!

Beat of a Different Drum

Who is the greatest drummer of all time? The backbone of the ensemble, this important figure is often shrouded in mystery and overshadowed by the rest of the band. Being a great drummer depends on more than just technical ability. The best drummers contribute a significant sound or style to their group and leave an indelible mark on the audience.

  • Ringo Starr of The Beatles provided a steady back beat and creative flourishes that helped make this band the legend it is today. Pete Best, the original drummer for the Beatles, was with the band for 2 years.

Graffiti Art Project Unveiling

The Valdez-Perry Branch Library staff and Your Name in Graffiti invite you to the Graffiti Art Project Unveiling and celebration of art, community connections and graffiti project participants' achievement on Wednesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library.

Did you know that the Athmar Park Branch Library also received help from Your Name in Graffiti?

To Be or Not to Be: The Many Faces of Hamlet

Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, has had a wide variety of film interpretations created based on its tragic tale of betrayal, murder and madness. What is it about Hamlet that appeals to us so? How many famous actors who have portrayed Hamlet can you name? I've found eight that the library owns!

  • The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Akira Kurosawa's adaptation projects the familiar Shakespearean plot onto the complex world of Japanese corporate intrigue with legend Toshiro Mifune as the Hamlet-esque character.
  • Hamlet (2009) David Tennant shines in this BBC production filmed on location and starring the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Finding Your Next Favorite Book

Looking for something great to read? Need to know what title is next in a series? Where do you look for reviews and author information for your next book group title? Visit us at Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library, Wednesday July 28 at noon for a tour of the library database Novelist.

Novelist is just one of the amazing databases that the library makes available free with your library card. I love helping book club members find that next great title, as well as find supplemental information that takes the conversation deeper when they meet.

Tut, Tut! It Looks Like Fun!

King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is currently exhibiting at the Denver Art Museum. 50 objects from the tomb of the legendary ruler are on display including golden sandals straight from the king's feet!

Egypt's other legendary rulers, Khafre and Hatchepsut, have artifacts on display as well.

Did you know that Tutankhamun's mother was Nefertiti? Astonishingly, he became pharaoh when he was just 9 years old. Perhaps less shocking, he didn't live to see 20. Many speculate that his life was snuffed out by foul play.

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