Be a Rebel. Be a Rock Star. Be a Man and Read to your Kids.

Reading is rebellious. My conviction in believing this is just as strong as my belief in the sky being blue, or in beauty being ubiquitous.

Reading is the one thing I can still do to get in touch with the outlaw in me, the adolescent delinquent craving confrontation with authority. It’s because of this, too, that I read to my son every day. It’s the closest I get to doing something religiously. I want him to think for himself, rebel against anything that goes against his ideals and the integrity of who he is, who he will be.

Questions! Questions! Who has a Question?

Book cover for Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

At the Children’s Library we love to answer questions. The tougher the nut, the more fun we have trying to crack it. Recently, we had a very specific request from a customer that really challenged our grey cells.

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!


Hug Machine

At the closing of every year, librarians throughout the Denver Public Library system collaborate on a list of their favorite children's and teen publications from that year. Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just a good recommendation to read, here are our suggestions, the best and brightest of 2014.

Browse the titles in our catalog. 

Books for the Very Youngest:

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!

Family LAB: Toy Hack!

12.13.14 Toy Hack is BACK! We're providing a stack of old, broken toys and a bunch of tools. Your job? Break things apart and make something EVEN MORE AWESOME. Take it home and give your friend or family member the weirdest gift of the season! Bring the whole family, your creativity, and maybe a toy or two you want to remix! Family LAB is crazy fun every second Saturday of the month from 11am-1pm; free and open to all ages, just no unaccompanied adults or kids, please! December 13, 2014 from 11am-1pm.

Run for your Life! It's GVRs Before Hours Gaming and After Hours Hunger Games Party!

GVR kids and teens snuck into the library two hours before it officially opened on Sunday, November 2. They were there to eat lots of pizza, play games and create magnificent structures in gamespace and real space (with Legos). Local teens Daniel, Raphael and Feven set up special Minecraft servers, and they also helped set out the Legos. Librarian Colleen brought out the Makey Makey and showed kids how to turn anything into a game controller.

Then the extreme gaming began: a game of tag so epic they're still talking about it!

November is National Picture Book Month!

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

It’s November, which means that readers and children’s book lovers around the country are celebrating National Picture Book Month. It is a celebration of print picture books, but it is also an international initiative to promote literacy and reading. Here at the library, we decided to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite picture books and why we love them.

Monster Bomb at Family Lab

Our first Family Lab at ideaLAB was a smash hit!

In case you haven't heard, the second Saturday of every month is now Family Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. And we are very excited to follow up the first one with a monster bomb workshop with our pals from A Monster To Love.

Check it out.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

Love Star Wars? Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at your local branch library!

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