Denver Public Library Events for Feb. 2014

Adult programming for Denver Public Library’s participating branches.

Books and Authors

Book Chat
First and Third Thursdays, February 6 & 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m. @ Schlessman Family Branch
Do you find yourself constantly asking people what they are reading? Do you love talking to people about books, poems, and essays? We’ll chat about what we are reading and maybe even read aloud for a bit. Just sit and listen — or share!

Books N’ Brown Bag Book Club
Fridays, January 10 and February 7, 12:30 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Join us for a rousing book discussion. Call 720-865-0955 for the current title.

*Poetry Tells Life Stories with Barb Lundy, Colorado Author
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. @ Ross-University Hills
We bring our view of the world, language and our experiences of being alive through the art of poetry. We will write and share with each other. We will also learn about the publishing process.

Saturday Morning Book Club
Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. @ Bear Valley
Join us for a cup a coffee and a lively discussion. Call 720-865-0975 for the current title.

Telling Your Story — How to Shape Your Ideas Into a Book
Tuesday, January 14, 6 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
We all have stories to tell, but sometimes the task of shaping those stories into a book seems overwhelming. Author and teacher Cindy Myers will encourage you and help you choose a theme, create an outline, and be on your way to writing your book.

Books on Broadway
Third Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. @ Ross-Broadway
January 21 – Unless by Carol Shields
February 18 – And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Mystery Book Club
Fourth Thursdays, January 23 and February 27, 6:30 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Join us for refreshments and a lively discussion. Share your favorite authors and titles and catch up on new releases and other news. January: Desperado: A Mile High Noir, by Manuel Ramos. February: Red Wolf: A Novel, by Liza Marklund.

Thursday Night Book Club
Fourth Thursdays, January 23 and February 27, 6:45 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Join us for a rousing discussion. Call 720-865-0955 for this month’s title.

A Fiber Odyssey
Saturday, January 25, 3 p.m. @ Bear Valley
The plan was for a short jaunt: Two authors would spend nine months putting together a small, pretty guide to wools, with color pictures of sheep and of locks of wool, along with summary information for quick reference use. Ha! Hear the inside story of the little project that grew — and of the more than four years Deb Robson spent researching, spinning, and writing about every animal-grown fiber the team could get its hands on.

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
Fourth Saturdays, January 25 and February 22, 1 p.m. @ Smiley
Join us if you are a book lover interested in reading English-language works written by Latina and Latino authors. For more information, go to Under the “Subscribe” tab, click on “Book Club” to sign up and view the books for upcoming months.

Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship and Conservation
Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Marc Bekoff discusses selected essays that showcase the fascinating cognitive abilities of animals as well as their empathy, compassion, grief, humor, joy, and love.

Nancy Peterson: Not to be Forgiven: On the Home Front in World War II
Tuesday, February 11, 1 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Author Nancy Peterson discusses her new novel. In the upheaval of 1942, the small town of Hiram’s Spring suddenly becomes home to a B-17 Bomber training base, then a German Prisoner of War Camp. The Axis powers seem unstoppable. With her brother fighting in North Africa, and fear and suspicion rampant, ten-year-old Sis struggles to understand who is friend and who is foe.

The Image of African Americans in Golden Age Comic Books
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell Library
From the beginning of the rise of comic books in the late 1930s until the mid-1950s, there was a presence of Blacks characters. But few people even comic book scholars are aware of this. This presentation will take the audience on a journey to discover how these images paced the historic rise of American Americans in popular culture.

The Big Read
Wednesday, February 26, 6 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Come be part of the Big Read! Folks from Lighthouse Writers Workshop will lead a discussion of Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Check out a copy today. Learn more about the Big Read at

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Fast Dinners with Slow Cookers with Monica Kadillak
Saturday, January 11, 3 p.m. @ Smiley

The Secret Life of Specialty Diets
Wednesday, January 15, 6 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
In this age of food allergies intolerances, the simple pleasure of eating can
feel more like a chore. 5280 Magazine’s Food Editor, Amanda M. Faison, has personal
experience navigating this sometimes overwhelming world. She’ll share her tips on
how to dine out, read a menu, grocery shop and feed your family. Recipes included!

Main Dish Veggie Casseroles with Monica Kadillak
Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills

Soups with Monica Kadillak
Saturday, January 25, 1 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek

Cook a Romantic Dinner for your Valentine! with Monica Kadillak
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. @ Schlessman

I Heart Chocolate Treats! with Monica Kadillak
Saturday, February 8, 3 p.m. @ Smiley

The Un-Diet
Wednesday, February 12, 6 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Dr. David Shapiro will debunk dieting myths to help you eat right. Learn about his ten diet myths, which foods to absolutely avoid, which foods to eat in the right combination, and his seven rules for better refueling. Dr. Shapiro has been in practice in the Denver area for 14 years and is the chiropractor for Colorado Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, the Denver Outlaws and Colorado State University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

Sweet Treats for Your Sweetheart with Monica Kadillak
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Carmels, marshmallows, hard candies, and fudge.

*Making Herbal Teas
Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Warm up with herbalist Marilyn Filipek as she demonstrates how to make your own herbal teas. Recipes and samples included.

Make and Take Studio

Sewing Lounge
First Thursdays, January 2 and February 6, noon – 2 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Fourth Saturdays, January 25 and February 22, 9 a.m. to noon @ Schlessman Family
Have a project you want to work on but don’t have your own sewing machine? Want to get some quiet sewing time in away from other demands? We’ll have our sewing machines set up with basic thread colors, and someone will be here to answer basic questions.

Maker’s Faire
First Saturdays, February 1, 10 a.m. @ Schlessman Family
Come craft with us! Explore new craft creations every month.

*Hand Sewing Series, Session 1: The Sampler
Saturday, January 11, 11 a.m. @ Ross-Broadway
Each participant will be given a kit with the tools and instructions for the basic stitches —
running, back, buttonhole, blanket, hemming and appliqué — needed to make a sampler.

Make Your Own Touch Screen-Compatible Gloves
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Can’t answer your smartphone when it’s cold outside? Bring a pair of your own gloves and we will turn them into touchscreen gloves by using conductive thread!

*Infinity Scarves: Part 2
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Join Holly Willis and make a lovely infinity scarf. Great for beginners! Materials provided, but if you have material that you’d like to use, feel free to bring it.

Sit ‘n Knit
Second Tuesdays, January 14 and February 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Join a group that is sure to please any fiber maven. If you are an experienced knitter, this is your opportunity to share your knowledge, and if you’re a beginner, this is your chance to increase your knitting know-how. Fiber hosts: Kathy Orth and Charlotte Updike.

*Valentines for Your Valentine
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
We’ll provide the materials and instruction for a couple of clever ways for you to say ‘I love you!’ to that special somebody.

*Glass Decorating
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Using an easy image transferring technique, we will decorate glass (bottles, cups, or vases) with beautiful and fun designs.

*Hand Sewing Series, Session 2: The Applique Heart
Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m. @ Ross-Broadway

*Valentines Day Bookmarks
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Create felt bookmarks with Share Denver! Each attendee will receive all the materials necessary to create two different kinds of bookmarks. With colorful felt, embroidery floss, and a little imagination, create adorable gifts for yourself or your loved ones.

*Wine Bottle Gift Bags
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Join Holly Willis to sew a custom, multi-use fabric gift bag for a wine bottle.

Felted Heart Mobile
Wednesday, February 12, 6 p.m. @ Smiley
Learn how to needle felt with Denver Craft Ninjas! With simple instruction on needle felting and some soft wool roving, we’ll share the secrets to needle felting and create a sweet handmade treasure for Valentine’s Day.

*Hand Sewing Series, Session 3: The Ditty Bag
Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m. @ Ross-Broadway
Learn how to sew a ditty bag — which is a bag with drawstring closure that was created by sailors in the 1800s to hold small tools and sewing implements.

Created Equal

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.

Freedom Rider – Film
Sunday, January 19, 2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family

Marriage Equality: The Same, But Different
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Mindy Barton, Legal Director of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado, will discuss GLBT marriage equality compared to the fight against anti-miscegenation laws.

The Abolitionists – Film
Monday, February 3, 6 p.m. Part 1 @ Blair-Caldwell
Wednesday, February 5, 6 p.m. Part 2 @ Blair-Caldwell

The Loving Story– Film
Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. @ Ford-Warren
Monday, February 24, 6 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell

Freedom Riders
Film clips and discussion
Thursday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. @ Pauline Robinson

Slavery by Another Name
Film clips and discussion
Saturday, February 15, 2 p.m. @ Ford-Warren

The Abolitionists
Film clips and discussion
Thursday, February 20, 5:30 p.m. @ Pauline Robinson

Saturday, February 22, 2 p.m. @ Ford-Warren

State of Civil Rights Today
Panel discussion
Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell

Feelin’ Groovy

Five Essentials to Health
Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Start the new year off with Dr. David Shapiro as he discusses his Five Essentials to Health. Dr. Shapiro has been in practice in the Denver area for 14 years and is the chiropractor for the Colorado Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, the Denver Outlaws, Colorado State University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.

*Introduction to Iyengar Yoga
Tuesday, January 7, 10 a.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Saturday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Tuesday, February 11, 6 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes proper joint alignment by using straps, blocks and other props to make every posture possible for every body, age, and flexibility. Eat lightly and wear stretchy clothes. All props provided.

Yoga For Everyone
Saturday, January 18, 3 p.m. @ Bear Valley
This class will explore basic yoga postures along with breathing and relaxation techniques to help everyone relax and rejuvenate. Children older than six welcome!

More Fun Stuff

Fun Fridays Bingo
Fridays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 4 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Come play Bingo with your family and friends and win prizes like snacks and gift cards! All ages welcome.

Load It Up!
Mondays, January 27, February 10 & 24, 11 a.m. @ Schlessman Family
Baffled by your eReader? Longing to find a fantastic book that is perfect for you? A tech savvy librarian and certified book expert will match you up with great eBooks and then download them onto your device for you. (Bring your device. Signed tech waiver required.)

Extreme Couponing
Jennifer Walker from The Denver Post’s Smart Couponing Program will show you how to save.
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. @ Smiley
Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. @ Green Valley Ranch
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. @ Virginia Village

Peaceful Dogs – Harmonious Life in a Multi-Dog Household
Saturday, January 25, 2 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Learn how to bring harmony into your multi-dog home and keep the peace when other dogs visit.

*Compassionate-Based Communication
Thursday, January 30, 6 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Saturday, February 22, 1 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Tired of conflict? Want to find a way to resolve differences where everyone benefits? David Steele of the Compassionate Communications Center teaches how to use communication as a tool to build connections that bring joy, fulfillment, and peace into your life.

The Struggle of Syria
Wednesday, January 29, 6-7 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Since gaining its independence from France in 1946, Syria has had a rocky and troubled history. Located in one of the most conflict-ridden parts of the world, Syria’s turmoil has involved both its regional neighbors as well as its own internal factions that have made self-rule a challenging goal. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand Syria’s history and recent atrocities and how this informs current and future challenges for this pivotal player in the Middle East.

Super Bowl Soiree
Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Trivia, games, and plenty of food to get you ready to watch the big game.

Colorado Humanities Presents: Black History Live, Malcolm X
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. @ Blair-Caldwell Library
The eminent national humanities and Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace will portray Malcolm X, teaching how marginal outsiders become influential insiders.

Speed Friending
Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. @ The Lowry Beer Garden (7577 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver, 80230)
It’s not speed dating, it’s Speed Friending! Have a drink; make a friend.

Marketing with Social Media
Wednesday, February 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Social media is a powerful tool for getting the word out, whether you’re selling a product, promoting an event, or raising awareness about an issue. Learn how to tap into the power of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and personal websites to get your message across.

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