Reviews and Blog Posts: DIY

Learn to Code Meetup in ideaLAB

Want to learn or improve your HTML and CSS? JavaScript? Ruby? So do we!

Beginning this Monday (August 4), ideaLAB will offer its first ever adult event: a weekly Learn to Code Meetup! We encourage anyone, at any level, with an interest in programming to come hang out and work on projects. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, but our hope is that everyone will participate in problem solving challenges and group projects.

Here are the details:

Zines, Glorious Zines!

Assorted zines

Zines are a great way to express yourself--you write/draw/collage/create whatever your heart desires, make copies, and distribute them wherever you want. They’re a part of a rich history of self-publication, from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” to Sci-Fi fanzines to punk and feminist (and so much more!) zines that capture the DIY spirit. Long before blogs, zines were an excellent way to give voice to marginalized people and create communities--and they still are!

Mad Scientists in the Kitchen

Fizz, Boom, Read! Since our Summer of Reading program this year is all about science, we decided to turn the library into a laboratory today! We became mad scientists here at Montbello, and cooked up some super-easy, super-fun creations that you can make in your own kitchen. We made glitter playdough and slimy gak to play with, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The best part? Making these recipes with your children gives you the perfect opportunity to introduce basic science concepts in a fun, engaging way. Ready? Here we go:

To make your own playdough:

Fun Times in Fatherhood

Darth Vader and Son

Being a father can be tough, but it can also be a lot of fun. All of the sudden you can build forts, spend hours playing with Legos, and run around the backyard screaming like a pirate without people shaking their heads in disgust. As Father's Day is upon us, here are some great books that will make fathers smile and help them up their game.

Activities

Make your own games!

24 years ago, I spent a summer in front of my brand-new Atari XE (Dad was convinced the NES wouldn't be successful), playing Rescue on Fractalus!, an early LucasArts 8-bit game that made me scream so often that my mother asked me to stop playing it (it was really scary when I was 11). Games have been a part of my life ever since, and I'd always dreamed of making my own.

Luckily, the tools to actually make your own games become readily available to everyday Janes and Joes (or Janes and Joes Who Don't Want to Learn How to Code, at least). If you (or maybe someone you know who loves games, is home for the summer, and is just dying​ of boredom) are interested in making your own video games, there are lots of (FREE!) ways you can get started. These first options are great for lower-res, 2D games like platformers and puzzles, and are great options if you're just getting started:

Remember, Remember -- Poppies for November

Guest Blogger Trish Tilly gets us sorted out on the ubiquitous poppies of November.

 

On Remembrance Day in Great Britain, the Queen lays a wreath made of poppies on the Cenotaph, a monument in Whitehall that commemorates all the dead in all wars in which British soldiers have fought.

This day of remembrance coincides with similar ceremonies in the United States, Canada, France and all British Commonwealths. Americans call it Veteran's Day.

Give Me the Creeps

The Bride of Frankenstein

Every generation seems to get the monster they deserve -- in film anyway.

If the phrase "Art imitates life" is true for cinema as well, it means that our film represents our culture and society at the time the film is made. It might then follow that horror films represent our nightmares or our worst fears.

The posters and lobby cards for these films are as imaginative and chilling as the films themselves. Highly sought after by collectors, in good condition these posters can fetch upwards of five-ten thousand dollars. And much more.

Great Balls of Hair

photo from blog: The Journals of Giddy Giddy

In the middle of a long, hot summer, I'm in the mood for a little joy, a little lighthearted make and do. Craftinatrix Trish Tilly has got ebullience in the bag -- creating mod stuff with felted wool balls. For those of you who own cats, yes, it's related to the 'craft' projects your little Felix makes on occasion -- except these are on purpose -- and pretty cool.

There are lots of crafters experimenting with sculptural works that utilize felted sheep's wool. Felting is the process of agitating animal fibers through heat, moisture and motion to create a firm fabric. If you've ever washed a wool sweater accidentally only to remove it from the washing machine stiff and shrunken, then you know the end product of felting.

Save room for a Sundae on Friday: Butter Pecan Sundaes with Salted Caramel Sauce

Helliemae's Salt Caramel Sauce

"Do you want some of this?" -- Little Edie (offering butter pecan ice cream to her mother), Grey Gardens

 If you've seen the documentary Grey Gardens, then you know there are several scenes that revolve around food. And if you count scenes of raccoons in the attic, there are even more. 

Fresh City Living: A great week of events!

Tommy Lee Jones in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men.

denverlibrary.org/fresh#wandering 

Are you ready for some fun this week? We think so.

 

 

 

Tonight, we've got two films: No Country for Old Men at 6 p.m. in the B2 Conference Center. And for KnitFlix, we're showing an end of the school year special -- The Breakfast Club. This film starts at 5:30 p.m., Level 1 Fresh City Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Craftinatrix Trish Tilly turns a few materials and supplies into gorgeous, modern Pom Pom Flowers. We've saved a seat for Elvis and we're pretty sure he won't make it, so sign up and join Trish for this fun DIY.

 

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