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ideaLAB: adult swim

Introducing ideaLAB: adult swim!

Starting September 2, we’ll be kicking the kids out of the pool on Tuesday nights, and will be welcoming adults for the first time into our digital media open lab.

The lab is staffed and set up so you can start creating stuff in one or any of six program tracks: music, web design, art & design, game design, video, and electronics.

So come hang out, sign up to use our 3D printers or our recording studio, learn to program an Arduino, and learn to make some cool stuff.

Lunch Box Music Series brings House of Joy to Central Library This Thursday

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.” --  Lord George Gordon Byron

House of Joy
Thursday, August 21, noon-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

House of Joy is an award winning Mother/Daughter duo featuring Joy Myers on piano, accordion and vocals, and Beth Wilberger on violin, mandolin and vocals. They are performers, teachers and artists. Discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Traditional Folk/Bluegrass/Celtic, Broadway, Standards, and Children's' Music!

Back to School With School Stories!

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

With back-to-school in full effect, it's a fun time of the year for kids to read a novel from one of the most popular sub-genres of realistic fiction: school stories. Since children spend so much of their time in school, they tend to gravitate toward and readily identify with these types of stories, which typically involve a school setting and the activities of students and teachers as a main element of the plot.

Who are the Yezidis (Yazidis)?

Yezidi boys

We are hearing a lot about the Yezidis (or Yazidis) in northern Iraq and on Mount Sinjar. I'm embarrassed to say that I'd never heard of this group of people!

So who are they? What do they believe? What is their culture like?

Check out these great resources:

Yazidis: Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Benefits Eligibility Assistance at the Library

Benefits Assistance image

This blog post has information that is subject to change. Please check the calendar for current information.

What: One-on-one drop-in assistance with Denver Human Services programs. No appointment is necessary and Denver residency is not required.
Who: Denver Human Services
When: Thursdays, 12 noon-4 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Schlessman Hall - Level 1

Kurt Cobain's Saddest Song...

Kurt Cobain was a once-in-a-lifetime talent. He spoke to you through his lyrics; he made you feel his pain, see through his eyes and into his head. Even with the fame, money, and love, it's seemed that Kurt was destined to burn out. "If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I'm not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got"- Kurt Cobain

The Passing of a Legend

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

I have loved and admired Robin Williams' work ever since I first watched him as the lovable hyperactive alien Mork from TV's Mork and Mindy (photo courtesy of Darsie, Wikimedia Commons). It seemed that even scripted material became improvisation when in the hands of The Master Improv Artist Extraordinaire!

5 Things You Might Not Know About The Wizard Of Oz: Are You Yellow Brick Road Ready?

The jacket was originally hand-tailored for L. Frank Baum, Oz author.

It's the most watched film in cinema history. How well do you know the movie and its source novel? Click on the photo to reveal the correct answer.

1. The shabby, yet theatrical jacket (pictured left) worn by Professor Marvel was purchased for actor Frank Morgan at a second hand shop. One day on the set he turned over the lapel to discover the original owner of the jacket. Whose was it?

 

2. Did L. Frank Baum name Dorothy Gale after a real person?

 

 

3. What was used to tint the multi-colored "horse of a different color"?

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

It's All In the Details: Walking Tour with Photographer Amy Wright

Photo credit: Amy Wright

“I didn’t tell him that I grew up in an ugly city that taught me how to look between dust and rubbish and potholes to find a splinter of glass that looked like unmelting ice, beautiful in its defiance of the sun.” ― Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

Looking at your urban environment can be as exciting and thought-provoking as any pastoral vision.  Capture the rhythms and patterns of the city and it's architecture in a fun, community event. 

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