Hampden ideaLAB Grand Opening

We're proud to announce the opening of the third ideaLAB makerspace in the Denver Public Library: the Hampden Branch Library ideaLAB! Our grand opening will be this Wednesday, November 1, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., featuring speakers, ribbon-cutting, and an open lab for the public to get a taste of what they can do in the space.

interior of the Hampden Branch ideaLAB at Denver Public Library

After November 1st, the Hampden Branch ideaLAB will be open to all ages on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

What's an ideaLAB?

ideaLABs are makerspaces - community spaces for people to make things, learn new skills, and share what they know with others. They're outfitted with a wide variety of tools, and staffed with library employees and volunteers who are there to help you learn how make your ideas into a reality.

Most of the hours the lab will be open are open lab hours, meaning that they're drop-in times: you come in with an awesome idea or wanting to learn how to use a piece of equipment, and we'll help you get started. 

What's in the Hampden ideaLAB?

We're excited to have a laser cutter in our new lab! If you've never seen a laser cutter in action, you are in for a treat, because the name explains it all: it's a laser that cuts things! Feed it cardboard, wood, acrylic, glass and you can etch or cut it with any image you want. If you want some ideas of things you can make with the cutter, check out this playlist of projects. For more information on the laser cutter and policies surrounding its use, please read the laser cutter FAQ.

Other tools available in the Hampden ideaLAB include a sewing machine, a Cricut paper/vinyl cutter, four workstations with the Adobe Creative Cloud, hand tools, and much more. Please see the Hampden ideaLAB page for more information.

We hope to see you this Wednesday - and afterwards!

(PS - keep an eye out for our fourth ideaLAB at the Hadley Branch Library, opening soon!)

Written by nate on October 30, 2017