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Apply to be an ideaLAB Maker-in-Residence!

the ideaLAB logo, in all it's CMYK glory

The ideaLAB, Denver Public Library's makerspace in the Central Library, is a great place for generating creativity, innovation, and learning. We'd also like to help foster those things in our community. That's why the ideaLAB is announcing its Maker-in-Residence program. Are you a visual artist? Musician? Electronics wizard? Programmer? If you enjoy making things and teaching people new skills, we would love to hear from you!

Studio Reservations, 1:1 Appointments, and Other ideaLAB News

Have you been interested in using the recording studio in the ideaLAB for your artisanal firewood podcast or your death-metal concept album about a dinosaur detective, but you don't want to come down to Central just to find out that the studio is already in use? WAIT NO LONGER! You can now reserve studio time online!

DevCamp 2015

This summer, 62 teens from across Denver took a dive into web development with the help of local developers and the library at a DevCamp. What they made was pretty amazing.

Want to learn 3D modeling?

Want to enter the world of 3D printing but don’'t know how to make something to print? Ever since we set up our 3D printers in the ideaLAB, I've seen the same pattern happen repeatedly with people interested in 3D printing:

Summer's for MAKING!

While Summer of Reading kicks off here at Denver Public Library, the ideaLAB and the Community Technology Center are gearing up for our Summer of Tech - and there's so much you can do! Here's the run down of the next couple months:

CoderDojo + Prototyping + Pizza = Awesome

This spring, the CoderDojo has covered Scratch, robotics, JavaScript, Processing, and Rasperry Pi. Now we're on to our most important subject: PIZZA!

Create 3D-Printed Picture Books in the ideaLAB!

Our family ideaLAB workshops in March will be a little different than usual - we're hosting the team from Tactile Picture Books Project for two days of workshops with the end goal of creating 3D printed tactile picture books for children with visual impairment.

New ideaLAB Hours for Families and Adults!

If you haven't heard about it already, the ideaLAB is DPL's makerspace, located in the Central Library in the Community Technology Center. What's a makerspace? Well, it's a place for making stuff - music, art, robots, games, websites, purses, paintings - and giving you access to the tools you need to do so (we have 3D printers, the Adobe Creative Suite, a music studio, a Dremel - see our complete list of tools here). We opened two years ago as a space just for teens, but we've been slowly adding more hours for other ages.

Enter the CoderDojo

We're happy to announce that, starting in January, the ideaLAB will be hosting a CoderDojo, organized by some terrific partners in the community from SendGrid and Talent Lattice!

Hour of Code at the Library!

Last year, 15 million students (children and adults) dipped their feet into programming in one week for the Hour of Code - this year, we're going for 100 million, and Denver Public Library is proud to be part of the effort. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics - it's organized as part of Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14.

Come participate in the largest learning event in history - There's two Hour of Code events at DPL!

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