Fresh City Life Blog

Tell Us What You Want To Do!

We're planning the Fresh City Life My Branch calendar for the fall and winter months. What events would you like to see?

Do you love gardening? Is cooking your passion? We have a variety of talented programmers who provide free adult cultural events like arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, gardening classes, guitar lessons, film discussions, sewing sessions, historical field trips, parenting classes, book clubs, painting lessons, and so much more. How do you like to spend your free time? What have you been dying to learn or try? Tell us what you're interested in and we'll see what we can do!

10 Reasons Why You Should Join A Book Club!

Looking for something fun to do? Want to meet new friends? The Denver Public Library has several book clubs throughout the community. Take a look and join one today.

10 reasons why you should join:

1) It's FREE!

2) Meet new people

3) Read a good book!

4) Lively discussions and good debates

5) Read outside the box

6) A reason to turn off the TV

7) Take a break and get out of the house

8) Everyone's welcome

9) Learn something new

10) Learn to read critically and expand your communication skills

Have we convinced you yet?

Here are a couple to choose from.

Shopping with Joan Crawford: This Isn't Her First Time At The Grocery Store

Joan Crawford filmed several public service ads to promote American grocery stores, but you can't miss the product placement for the company for whom she was really shilling. This nostalgic 1965 advertisement is a reminder that we need to take charge of our own eating and food choices. Unless you'd prefer Joan to do all of your shopping for you. Which I kind of would.

Our Chef Shellie brings great information and tasty sampling to our cooking event this Saturday.

Better Living Through Ignoring Chemistry: or How to Stop Being Part of a Dangerous Experiment
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Register Online

Local Authors Visit The Denver Public Library

Colorado has some pretty amazing local authors and we're proud to share them with you. Join us this week to hear excerpts of their writing and participate in lively discussions.

Local favorite, Wayne Omura, will discuss his latest book, Zen Foot-Notes: Upon the Unknown Passage. It's a "metaphysical-mystical mountain climbing adventure symbolic of our journey through life." Join us Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch.

Make "Fresh City Life My Branch" Plans Tonight!

Looking for something fun to do this evening? Check out these programs that are all happening tonight!

The Smiley Branch is creating buttons at their Make and Take Studio tonight! Wednesday, July 17 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

Save the date: Author Imogen Binnie visits Denver Public Library: Tuesday, August 13

Imogen Binnie

One of the powerful, new voices in transgender literature, Imogen Binnie is a writer to watch. She'll be visiting Denver Public Library for an author talk and book signing this August.

Meet the author of Nevada and the zines The Fact That It’s Funny Doesn’t Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Imogen Binnie's work has been anthologized in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, released in Fall 2012.

How Much Do You Know About What You Put In Your Mouth? Buy Whole Food - Eat Whole Food

Starting on Saturday, July 13, Chef Shellie Kark is going to get us all sorted out with her three-part series titled United State of Food. After this series, you'll be a confident food consumer making great choices for healthy eating. 

COOKING DEMOS: UNITED STATE OF FOOD
Workshops, cooking demos and films centered on food culture, food politics, wellness and how to find the best, healthiest food to eat. These three cooking demos (two in July and one in August) will be our last cooking demos for 2013 – and they’ll be fun, educational and tasty. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Here’s to eating and living better in Denver!

Outdoor and Up, Up and Away! Free movie outside the library tonight!

Come rain or shine -- Fresh City Life is hosting our first outdoor movie tonight. We're featuring Pixar's new classic UP.

Bring a blanket or your favorite camp chair, and we'll have extra chairs, too, so you can travel light. Judith, from our film series committee, will be on hand to sell some cooling beverages and snacks.

It will be a fun, experimental event. And not to worry, if the weather becomes too threatening, we're all set to move into the basement for the evening. Showtime is dusk (about 8:45p) and we look forward to seeing you for this great flick.

 

Weekend Fun Just For The Grown-ups!

This weekend is jam-packed with Fresh City Life My Branch programs!

Lose yourself in the beauty of Tuscany, as Diana Armstrong shares her experiences of living and cooking in Italy. Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

These Things Happened: A Road Trip to Topeka's Equality House

Photo of Equality House painted siding by Chris Loffelmacher

On a recent trip to visit my family in Oklahoma, I was able to take a road trip with my dad to Topeka, Kansas and visit the newly painted and recently founded Equality House. Just across from the Westboro Baptist Church, the Equality House draws hundreds of visitors just like me every day.

While I was there, a whole family was being photographed in front of the house by Equality House's founder, Aaron Jackson. After he photographed them, he turned to us and said, "Would you like me to take your picture?" As I handed him my camera, I said, "If it's not too much trouble," and Aaron replied, "I do it about 150 times a day; no trouble at all."

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