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The Legacy of Rosa Parks

December 1st marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. She worked tirelessly side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launching him as a key figure in the struggle for equality. Her quiet and courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history.

When asked to explain her actions on that day she detailed her motivation in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

Do You Know Baby Doe?

Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series delves into Colorado history this week with Joyce Lohse, presenting Mining for the Real Baby Doe Tabor on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Lohse has written biographies of various figures in Colorado history. In her latest book, Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, award-winning Centennial author, Joyce B. Lohse, gives a biographical viewpoint of Colorado's favorite female mining legend.

Traveling for the Holidays? Don't Miss Out on Your Holds!

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Have you been waiting for that special item for a long time? Perhaps a popular DVD or a bestselling book? Don't let your holiday travel plans get in the way of you getting those long-awaited holds!

You can keep your place in the holds queue AND keep items from arriving while you are gone by suspending your holds! By suspending your holds, you will keep moving up the list, but the hold will not be sent for you to pick up until on or after date you specify. You'll never have to miss out on a hold again just because you were out of town when it arrived!

Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey passed away on November 21 at the age of 85.

She published her first short story in 1953 and was best known for her Pern series of novels. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. For many, McCaffrey's books provided an introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy when they were teens. Her son, Todd, has continued the Pern series.

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

Books on CD the whole family can enjoy

The Emerald Atlas

Traveling for the holidays? Is a long car trip with the kids in your immediate future? How about some audio book suggestions to help the time pass quickly and keep the whole family entertained.

My family and I have enjoyed these titles on recent car trips:

Plan Your Playdate With Denver!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Kyrie Collins, author of Playdate with Denver and Colorado's Front Range on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

 

When Collins moved to the Denver area, she had a two-year-old toddler and was six months pregnant. Immediately, she began searching for a resource of fun and interesting places to take her children. Most of the information she found was either for older children or focused on a specific area or activity. She wanted a wide array of destinations for every season of the year and for every budget. Since she couldn’t find one, she decided to create one.

Women's Travel Writing

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents... Cover

Women, traveling alone, or with other women, have found that it is always an experience - sometimes a good one, sometimes not so good - but inevitably interesting. When you don't have the time or money to travel, take a trip with these women authors and you'll never have to leave the comfort of your home. After reading some of these books, however, you may be inspired to visit a place you've never considered before.

I have always found that after the jet lag has worn off, the bags are unpacked, and the souvenirs distributed, that what lives on for me are the stories of experiences in adapting to different cultures. People who love to travel will appreciate the stories shared by these authors in their travel memoirs.

Following is a list of some of my favorites that are worth a read:

Colorado Authors Series: Michael Altman, No Simple Highway

No Simple Highway

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series continues this Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman with Michael Altman, who will discuss his book No Simple Highway.

No Simple Highway is a psychological thriller set in Denver in 1972. It deals with combat trauma, spiritual healing, and parapsychology in an action-packed and thought-provoking look at social issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 1970s.

Mr. Altman is a retired Vietnam Air Force psychiatrist who lives in Denver. He has a long-term interest in mystical spirituality. He is currently practicing what he calls the four "Gs"--guitar, golf, gardening, and keeping up with a Golden Retriever.

Andy Goldsworthy rocks my socks!

collage of andy goldsworthy work

Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.

Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.

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