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Tonight!

Here are some Fresh City Life My Branch programs happening around the city tonight!

Make a re-usable bag from a t-shirt! Bring in your clean old or new t-shirts, the bigger the better, and give them new life! Tonight! Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Branch.

Decker: One Branch One Story

Ian and Julia at the Decker Branch Library

I had the pleasure of meeting Ian and his younger sister Julia at the Decker Branch Library this summer. Both avid readers, Ian and Julia enthusiastically participated in the Denver Public Library’s Summer of Reading program by excelling in their reading as well as attending craft events at the Decker Library. Ian and Julia are truly wonderful to have as regular customers at Decker, as they routinely help other children at craft events and even offer to help clean up after we've finished our craft projects. Not only are they devoted readers, Ian and Julia are wonderful customers, and it always brightens my day to see them at Decker.

In this photo, Ian and Julia are showcasing the buttons they made as part of a craft activity at Decker. They were thrilled to make their own buttons and loved looking for books after we finished our craft. They’re pictured here near the Decker Library’s fireplace with some of our cuddly friends that hang out in the children’s section. Thank you, Ian and Julia, for helping to make our summer so much more fun!

Story submitted by Natalie, Librarian at the Decker Branch Library.

These Things Happened: We got our craft on at Camp Gitchacrafton

Talented designer and camp counselor Katie Wells helps tie together our decor.

Camp Gitchacrafton entertained over 200 campers on Wednesday, June 19 and is poised to become our newest annual event.

We partied like it was 1973 and everyone needed a new lanyard. Yep, at our craft party celebrating Etsy's international night of crafting, Fresh City Life hosted four crafting workshops -- lanyards, friendship bracelets, decorated postcards and ceramics.

Get Creative!

We've got several creative crafts for you to choose from this weekend.

Do you get nervous taking a library book to the pool? Come to Ross-University Hills Branch this weekend and make a stylish waterproof cover to protect your reading material. Please register: 720-865-0955 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

"Steampunk is What Happens When Goths Discover Brown" -Jess Nevins

steampunk

Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!

Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".

Duct Tape - It's Not Just For Repairing Broken Tail Lights

If you happen to attend a birthday party for a 'tween girl, don't be surprised if she receives a roll or two of duct tape as a gift.

Not the shiny, silver kind, but brightly colored or patterned with.paisley, leopard print, penguins, polka dots, plaid, skulls, camouflage, cupcakes, bacon and Hello Kitty. Inexpensive and easy to work with, crafters use it to fashion items such as wallets, tote bags, dresses, belts, flowers, book covers and phone cases.

Adult Programs This Week--Join Us!

From crafts to yoga, biking to gardening, Fresh City Life My Branch has a program for YOU this week!

Join us at Ross-University Hills on Tuesday, April 30 for Make & Take Studio: Mason Jar Pin Cushion at 6 p.m. You won't believe how cute these can be!

Movies, Crafts, and Scandals!

Movies and the Meaning of Life

Ready for another Fresh City Life My Branch program? Get involved this week!

Local author Wayne Omura discusses his book Movies and the Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films in Cinematic History on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch.

Saturday, April 20 brings many opportunities for crafting, learning, and cooking:

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Wear Your Love Shines

Little Sister Jewelry photographed by Nancy Loffelmacher

Learn something new at Crafts for the Masses. Our Modern Locket workshop takes the old idea of wearing a reminder of someone special and gives it a fresh spin.

Turn any image into a keepsake piece of jewelry by glazing it onto a glass tile. Talented jewelry maker, Mitzi Loffelmacher (who creates under the name Little Sister Jewelry), guides this workshop. Perfect as a gift for Mother's Day or as a remembrance of someone you love or miss, making these chic lockets are a crafter's dream. 

Mitzi will share all her tips and techniques for creating a professional jewelry piece. Register now and join us for Crafts for the Masses:

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