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Bike to Work Day

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Bike to Work Day is Wednesday June 23rd. Did you know that June was Colorado Bike Month? Stay safe out there and thanks for participating!

Need a bike? Check out the B-cycle program. For more information about cyclists rights and activism, be sure to visit the Bicycle Colorado website.

Best Bike Books

How exactly do you milk an almond? Eating a soy and dairy free diet.

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Having a daughter who is allergic to both dairy and soy is a challenge. Read on to find out how I have adjusted my diet in order to nurse a baby with food allergies.  Ice cream is still on the menu!

When I decided to breast feed my baby, I knew I would have to watch my diet, but I didn't know to what extent until my daughter's food allergies were diagnosed two months after she was born.
At first, avoiding foods with soy and dairy seemed almost impossible--grab any package from the shelves at your local grocery store and I can assure you that you will find the words, "contains soy" or "contains milk."  It's in everything!
Saying goodbye to cheese was hard, but I managed to find some tasty alternatives by reading up on food allergies at

Opa!

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The Greek Festival, held this past weekend, is a celebration of music, dance, song, and Greek culture! Opa!

Greek Food

Greek Music

Happy Father's Day!

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Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue.

Calling All Dads,

This Post is for You!

Books to Celebrate Fatherhood:

Do You Blog?

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Whether you blog for business or pleasure, or don't know the first thing about blogging, we want to hear from you! What do you think of the library's new blogs? What local blogs do you follow? Would you like to see your interests featured on our site? Comment below to tell us about your blog, your experiences and your interests, after all, it's your library!

Want to learn more about blogging? Check out the FREE classes offered by our Community Technology Center.

On This Day in History - June 15

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James K. Polk, eleventh President of the United States died on this date in 1849 in Nashville, Tennessee. Polk is best known for an incredibly successful one-term presidency, after which he declined a second term.

Like all Presidents, James Knox Polk was a politician, a businessman, but above all, a human being prone to error like the rest of us. While he is credited with having a successful presidency, his actions during his presidency provoked the Mexican War and perhaps even the Civil War.

"Just Kids" is Rock n' Roll Love

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"Just Kids" is Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with New York City, art, music, and most of all, Robert Mapplethorpe. It chronicles Smith and Mapplethorpe's adventures as young, unknown artists in New York City, up until Mapplethorpe's death.

Patti Smith is known as an accomplished musician and poet. In her new book Just Kids Smith reflects on life before she and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe established themselves as professional artists.

Backyard Chickens

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Backyard chicken farming is all the rage.  Whether you are ready to fully embrace the urban homesteading movement or just want a few fresh eggs, it's not that hard to raise your own chickens.

Before you get started, you will want to be aware of Denver's zoning ordinances and fees for chickens.  If these don't sound too daunting, there are a few other things to consider and the Library has lots of books that can help you out.  Be sure to do your homework before you buy your chickens!  

Check out coop design plans if you're interested in building your own coop. 

Miniature Gardening

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Whether you call them miniature gardens, tabletop gardens, or fairy gardens these tiny, darling landscapes are beautiful and simple enough for anyone to create. Because they are basically container gardens, they are perfect for any space, any lighting and any conditions!

Many of our local gardening stores have miniature plants and even tiny accessories. When I was last at Rabbit Shadow Farm, they mentioned that they would be introducing their own line of fairy garden furniture this fall. Taking a class at the Denver Botanic Gardens offered by Rabbit Shadow Farms was what first got me started in fairy gardening.

Most Downloaded Audio eBooks - May 2010

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The top ten most downloaded Adult Fiction Audio eBooks for the month of May 2010, based on usage at libraries across the country, are:

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