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2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer Prize

Every year the Pulitzer committee grants awards in 21 different categories. This year, the Denver Post won the category of Editorial Cartooning. Read on for the winners in the Fiction, History, Biography, Poetry and General Nonfiction categories!

Fiction

History

Biography

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek

Sand Creek Massacre

Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present:
Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek, a free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history.
Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.

On November 29, 1864, on the banks of the Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, a 700-man militia raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement, slaughtering and mutilating the inhabitants—most of whom were women, children, and elders.

For 146 years, people have been trying to understand why and how seemingly civilized people could perpetrate such a grisly act.

Crafting Through Colorado History...With Bees

What does Fresh City Life My Branch have in store this week, you ask? The answer, as usual, is something for everyone!

The choices for your crafting and educational pleasure this week include:

Felting Fun on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch. In this introduction to needle felting you'll learn to make a basic chick and a more challenging rabbit. All supplies will be provided, and you'll go home with your own felted critters! Registration is required, call 720-865-0135 or stop by the reference desk to register.

Colorado Authors Visiting Schlessman

I see Your Dream Job

Got plans for the next 3 Saturdays? You do now — with the Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series at the Schlessman Family Branch!

First up this Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. is Paula Reed, who writes historical fiction and romance. Her newest book, Hester, is a continuation of The Scarlet Letter that follows Hester Prynne to England and an encounter with Oliver Cromwell. Come and be carried away to the 17th century in this story of family, love, and desire.

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Join the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch to celebrate Women's History Month.

Learn about the women, well-behaved and not, who have made history in Colorado. Fairmount volunteers Joan & Garry O'Hara will be your guides for this slide show through the history of Colorado's notable women.

Colorado Authors Series: Jim Hall

Jim Hall will be speaking about his book Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer. He completed over 1800 jumps in his 60 years and has received many awards and honors for his parachuting innovations. Mr. Hall is a retired Colorado Air National Guard Brigadier General and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1985. See pictures from his adventures and find out more about him on his website.

Sewing, Traveling, and the DPL Catalog, Oh My!

Fresh City Life My Branch has a lot of choices for you this week, from learning about Polaris, DPL's new catalog, to women's history to the basics of sewing.

Want to get back into the groove of placing holds and checking your library account online? Learn about all the new features of Polaris, the Denver Public Library's new system at one of these classes:

Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ross-Broadway Branch Library

Tool Crush

Digital Library Assistant

If you work for a living, chances are you have a work tool you fancy. The Digital Library Assistant, DLA for short, is my new work crush.

Weighing only 25 oz (including battery), the DLA helps my colleagues and I shelf-read the book stacks, automatically comparing what is on the shelf to an electronic copy of the library's inventory. I learn several things with a wave of the DLA and marvel at the time savings. The DLA is the right tool for my job.

The library has several interesting books about tools and technology whether you're a collector or worker bee.  Here are a few sample titles:

Where Denver’s Scandals are Buried

Call Number: X-21986 From Western History and Genealogy Collection

The Victorians were not as prudish as some believe. Sex, bribery, and other crimes of early Denver were taken to the grave in Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteer Tom Morton on Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Some books about Denver's scandalous history include:

Spirited Reads

Campai! Prost! Salud! Cheers! Skol! Whether you choose to imbibe or abstain from inebriants altogether, reading about their rich and often controversial history is entertaining, while also providing insights into science, psychology, politics, and more!

Rum: the Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World by Charles A. Coulombe

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