Reviews and Blog Posts: crafts

Getting Crafty at Storytime!

Here at the Children's Library, storytime isn't just about books. We follow each of our Tales for Twos and Preschool Storytimes with a craft in our craft room. Crafting not only encourages creativity, but it also develops early literacy skills that will help children learn to read when they get older.

Happy Thanksgiving from Fresh City Life My Branch

Bridges to Heaven

Everyone at Fresh City Life My Branch hopes you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Once your big meal is done, please consider one of these great programs.

On Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m., join us at Ross-University Hills for a fascinating author event. Sue Frederick, author of Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side, believes that death is not the end and that our deceased loved ones are watching us and helping us.

The Paris Holiday Market: Celebrate with local creatives at a French-inspired festival

Enjoy a touch of Parisian style at this market featuring local creatives showing their handmade and exclusive goods. And keep up with the best  Fresh City Life programs and events.

Paris Holiday Market
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Star Wars Reads Week is Coming!

Star Wars Reads

This will be a day long remembered. Make that a week! Join us September 30-October 6 for Star Wars Reads Week at Denver Public Library!

Last fall, libraries and bookstores all over the country came together for a celebration of reading and all things Star Wars. The Park Hill Branch Library hosted a standing-room only event featuring all sorts of fun games and activities for Star Wars fans young and old.

Not Your Grandmother's Crafts

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No offense to your grandmother, but leave the embroidery needle and handkerchiefs at home. We're taking crafts into the 21st century with stylish infinity scarves and modern necklaces.

We don't have to tell you how popular infinity scarves are these days. Have fun making your own with Holly Willis! Great for beginners! Materials provided, but if you have a favorite material you'd like to use, please bring it. Please register: 720-865-0975 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org. Saturday, August 31 at 2 p.m. at the Bear Valley Branch

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".

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