Reviews and Blog Posts: Book Clubs

Heartwarming and reflective stories are inviting on a chilly winter’s evening.

Eight become cooking school students and learn even more about life.

Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.

The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Selects a Great Winter Read

Breadcrumbs

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!

It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Get Creative With Fresh City Life My Branch!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Whether you want to be creative with your cooking, your writing, or in how you read & discuss books, join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch event this week!

The Between the Covers Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. This month's title is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard.

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for ages 9-14

The Graveyard Book

National Public Radio (NPR) has started a special project for listeners ages 9-14: the Back-Seat Book Club. Beginning in October, the show All Things Considered would like young listeners and their parents to read a selected book each month and then join in the conversation with that book's author. They want to know what you think and give the author a chance to answer questions you have about the book!

The first selection in the Back-Seat Book Club is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is perfect for Halloween. It's the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is normal in every way – except that he has been raised by ghosts in a graveyard.

Soar Into the Weekend!

The Source of All Things

Discussing mysteries, volunteering, hearing authors, learning about Colorado's aviation history. What makes your mind soar?

Fresh City Life My Branch's offerings this weekend aren't scary, just fun and thought-provoking. Join us for a program this week!

Books & Chocolate: What More Do You Need?

Blood Memory

Whether you want to discuss books or find out how chocolate can fit into your healthy lifestyle, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you this week!

Book discussions bring people together and give us a chance to talk about that book that we loved--or hated! Get ready to chat, make new friends, and join in to any or all of these groups:

Between the Covers, Tuesday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ross Cherry Creek. This month's book is Lost Lady by Willa Cather.

Be Green: Grow Food, Commute by Bike, and Read Books!

Sarah's Key

Looking for ways to be green in your life? Fresh City Life My Branch has ideas for you this weekend!

What's greener than reading a book & sitting down to discuss it? Slow down your life with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club this Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Join the group for a cup of coffee and a discussion of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Seen the movie? Come discuss the differences!

Feng Shui, Furniture, and Books!

Ready to redecorate? How about a book discussion? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

We have several options for all of you redecorators and refinishers out there! Tonight at 6:30 at Schlessman, plan your place with an Introduction to Feng Shui! You'll learn how the energy of spaces and things impacts our everyday lives, and how to use Feng Shui tools to make changes in your environment with Lorrie Webb Grillo of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui.

Knitting, Technology, and Helping Your Kids

Heresy by S.J. Parris

Whether you want to improve your knitting, learn about downloading books, bond with your unborn baby, or help the child in your life with literacy skills, Fresh City Life My Branch has a class for you this week!

Start off your week with a visit with Mark Twain on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Full details here.

Book Club or Book Arts? Save a Tree, or Keep Chickens?

Playing With Books

Whether you want to talk about books or make them, restore your old furniture or learn about keeping chickens, Fresh City Life My Branch has the answer for you this week!

Have an old piece of furniture or a door hanging around that you keep thinking you'll restore, but have never gotten around to it or don't know how? Get inspired with Restore Your Old Wood Furniture (and save a tree!) on Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 at the Bear Valley Branch. Irina Bertini of Denver Urban Homesteading will teach you about how to best restore antique or vintage furniture, doors, and cabinets.

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