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Winter Lego Contest

This December the families of Denver were able to participate in an exciting LEGO contest. Last year the contest took place at the Schlessman Family Branch in December and January, and this year it was expanded to six branches, as part of the Fresh City Life My Branch program. Hopefully next year even more branches will be able to participate!

The theme for 2012 was “Supersonic World – 2012 and Beyond!” and each participant was asked to create an original scene (no LEGO sets) inspired by this futuristic theme. There were categories for adults, teens, children, and a family category, and each entry had to fit in a shoebox sized space. There were 14 total entries from Bear Valley, University Hills, Smiley, and the Schlessman libraries and the judging took place on January 14th at the Bear Valley Branch Library.

Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Bad Romance in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Love is forever...but it seems longer.

Whether you're a lover of love or a conscientious objector, Bette Davis' 1941 confection The Great Lie will have you on the edge of your seat -- it's a love thriller. The twists and turns on the way to the ending (happy for some, stoic for others) are custom made for two of Hollywood's notorious scenery-chewers: Bette Davis and Mary Astor. 

Coffee and Chocolate Tasting at our Anti-Valentine's Day Party

Dear Cupid,

Just stay out of our way.

XOXO, 

Fresh City Life

Last night was pretty fantastic here at Fresh City Life. We rechristened our partnership with Curious Theatre Company through Voices From the Front Lines -- a staged reading of works written by military veterans of contemporary wars. Several of the pieces had been written through a special program sponsored by Lighthouse Writers Workshop. There were tears and even laughter -- and our audience was rapt!

Is it in Your Future to Attend a Library Program?

Write your own fortune this week, and predict that you will attend a Fresh City Life My Branch program on Saturday, February 4!

There are numerous options for all the crafters out there who want to exercise their creativity before watching the big game this weekend! All of these events are happening on Saturday, February 4 as part of our Make & Take Studio Series:

10 a.m.: Felt Fortune Cookies at Schlessman. Write your own creative fortunes and swap prophetic one-liners with your fellow crafters as you make these sweet treats!

Win Free Tickets to the new Curious Theatre production playing to full houses

Our friends at Curious Theatre Company are bringing us a special night of thought provoking staged readings -- and a chance to win tix to their new production 9 CIRCLES!

Here's what Curious Theatre has to say about their first production of 2012:

Coffee, Dinosaurs, and Appetizers!

How about a cup of coffee with your appetizers? Or your dinosaurs! Fresh City Life My Branch has all that and more!

Tired of the same old coffeemaker, or want to save money by brewing your own at home? Learn brew methods you may not be familiar with and how to make a delicious cup of coffee at home using both classic and new contraptions during Strange Brew! Please register: 720-865-0135 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch.

FCL My Branch This Week

Terrarium

Thinking about retirement? Technology? Mysteries? Crafts? Healthy eating? If you're thinking about it this week, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program about it!

If you want to find out how to Secure Your Retirement, join us at Ross-Cherry Creek on Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. Get a better understanding of Social Security and what role it can and should play in your overall retirement income plan. Get actionable recommendations on how to plan for, and achieve, the retirement you envision!

There are several offerings for crafty folk this week in our Make & Take Studio series:

Come Geocache With Us!

Alphabet Denver

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Kitty Migaki, author of Alphabet Denver on April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Why are we talking about it so early? Because we want you & your family to participate in the hunt! In advance of Kitty Migaki's April 1 presentation on Alphabet Denver - A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book, we are highlighting the GPS Alphabet Hunt feature of the book, by hosting a GPS hunt of our own! Follow this clue: 39˚40.472' -104˚58.045' in the first step towards our cache box and a fun prize!!

Want to be Healthy? Want to Save Money? Got a T-Shirt?

Super Cleanse

Enhance your health, embellish your t-shirt, or fatten your wallet this week with Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Start your health quest on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek with Healthy Detox. Learn how to dust out your body's cobwebs and start the new year with a gentle, foods-based detoxification. Learn how cleansing can give your body and mind more energy, better sleep, and greater concentration.

Jazz, Books, and Herbal Medicine!

Whether you want to learn about a famous jazz musician or make your own t-shirt, there is plenty going on this week at FCL My Branch!

Have you always been a music fan and are wanting to learn more about a legendary jazz musician? Join us at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17 for a Duke Ellington Lecture. Although many people are aware of Duke Ellington's hits from the 1930s and 40s, he also created some undiscovered gems during the 50s and 70s. Come learn about the 47 year career of this music legend!

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