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Family ideaLAB Workshop: DIY Easy Bake Oven and Food Science

1960's easy bake oven

Here in ideaLAB we're a little wacky. When someone suggested we bake, instead of thinking, "We don't have an oven," we thought, "Why not?! Let's build our own Easy Bake Oven!" We're hard at work building, testing and prepping (and yes, it smells AMAZING) in order to share the fun with you all during our Family ideaLAB Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 11 am-1 pm. We'll be testing how to make the best baked treats in our "oven," get your help making a new one, get hands on with food experiments, and we'll even put your taste buds to the test.

Make Your Own: Ghosts of Denver Past and Present

History Colorado and ideaLAB joined forces Saturday, September 12th for some Photo Mashup Madness! Families got a chance to handle original photos from the turn of the century in Denver, then set out to find the spot and replicate the photo today! Some buildings are gone, some have grown, and some have barely changed. Once their new pictures were captured, families met in ideaLAB to mash the photos together using Photoshop. The results revealed a spooky mix of Denver's past and present.

LEGO® Building Contest 2015

DPL LEGO® Graphic

Welcome builders to the 2015 LEGO® Building Contest. Inspired by Denver Zoo's "Nature Connects, Art with LEGO® Bricks," this year's theme is Wild About Books.


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Hands down, probably the best movie of 2014!

Pressure cooker environment waiting to explode! A complex, personal approach to a touchy political-religious situation.

Get ready for a story that will be in your face and grab you by the throat; heart racing, mind binding, guarantee to have you confused like a mathematical...


by Doug TenNapel

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     If you've never read a Doug TenNapel graphic novel then you are missing out. He writes books that are full of action adventure and a few chuckles as well. The title of this book caught my attention as I could not imagine how a graphic novel could revolve...

Beneath a meth moon: an elegy

by Jacqueline Woodson

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 Hurricane Katrina uprooted Laurel's family and now she lives with her father in a small town. He is by all accounts a loving, doting dad. When she starts a relationship with a ball player he introduces her to crystal meth. She thinks that she can handle it but her best...

Open heart

by Elie Wiesel

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Health emergencies can make you fearful, confused and even angry. For Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Nazi death camps and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, emergency heart surgery at age 82 offers another opportunity to revisit his own mortality and ask the big questions he has spent his life...

Arcady's goal

by Eugene Yelchin

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Soccer is unquestionably the world's game and has legions of fans who experience the highs and lows of each game and discuss the team feverishly all week. Some of the biggest stars of today came from humble backgrounds but they have used their skill to create a better life for...

The bike thief

by Rita Feutl

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      Nick and his sister Katie  live in foster care and because of past transgressions they are determined to be on their best behavior for fear that they will be split up -something they don't want to see happen at all. When Katie breaks a tv set in...

Net Neutrality Party - Wait, What?!

A while back I wrote about net neutrality- what it is, why it’s important and what you can do to protect it.

I’m upping the ante a bit now- in case a blog post wasn’t enough to get you all fired up, we’re having a Net Neutrality Party! Wait what? A Net Neutrality Party? Back up Simone, and explain what good this will do and why such a dry theme might lend itself to an awesome all-ages library learn-and-make party.

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