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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

Historic Colorado Homes

Colorado is rich with history and lore. Many historical figures have called Colorado home. Their houses, some now museums, offer an educational and entertaining experience for all ages. Travel back in time without leaving the state with a little help from the library.

The Central Library is within blocks of two historic homes. The Byers-Evans House Museum reflects Denver in the early 1920's and is decorated with the original furnishings. The Molly Brown House Museum celebrates the Titanic's most famous survivor and Denver during the Victorian era. These are but two of Colorado's many notable locations.

Creating Communities Website: Survey

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Have you had a chance to check out the new Creating Communities website? Take this short survey and tell us what you think.

The Creating Communities website is live! We encourage you all to explore the website and learn more about the history of Denver.

49th Anniversary of 1st American in Space

Today (May 5, 2010) is the 49th anniversary of Alan Shepard's 15-minute space flight - the first space flight by an American.

At 10:34 a.m. Eastern Daylight time on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard was the first American launched into space. The story was front-page news in the New York Times, and probably every other paper in the land. Check out the NYT front page story.

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