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.

Earlier is Easier presents: The Raising of America episode viewing and community dialogue

Raising of America

Join Earlier is Easier to view a portion of an episode of the upcoming documentary The Raising of America, followed by conversation around the issues raised. The compelling stories portray the realities of childhood in America and explore how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger, and more equitable society.

Short sections of the film will be shown at 3 Denver Public Library locations:

Downton Kids: What Did Sybbie, George, and Marigold Read?

Cover of Winnie-the-Pooh

Downton Abbey fans have been asked since season one to consider the lives of the Edwardian aristocracy and their servants. Yet only recently have we been exposed to another group of Edwardians: with the arrival of Sybbie, George, and Marigold, fans are now getting glimpses of the life of the Edwardian child. We see how they dress and the rules that govern their lives. Yet given the literary allusions throughout the series, some of us at the Children’s Library wondered: what books might Sybbie, George, and Marigold have read?

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!

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