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!
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.
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!
When I say design, what do you think of? Maybe something involving graphics, aesthetics, or "style"? That’s often what I think of. But design isn’t just about the visual elements of a website or a car or a building; rather, it’s about finding solutions to real problems and creating a better user experience.
So, coding, to me, means making things faster and easier for yourself and for others. Two ways you can do this, are
Text expansion. There are probably things that you type all the time. For example, if you write a lot of email, there are probably certain signatures or closings or blocks of text that you use often. For me, I find that I frequently have to type out my email address.
Several months ago, library staff gathered information from you, our customers, to see what “nontraditional” items you might like to see the library circulate. While of course we will continue to offer books, music, and movies (both physically and digitally!), we heard many great ideas.
We also heard about many items that are already available to borrow or rent from other places in Denver--in some cases, even things that the library already has or does. We wanted to make sure to get the word out about some of these services, programs, and classes. Here is a sampling:
Gather the family together to beat the heat in ideaLAB this summer! Check out Family ideaLAB Workshops every second Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Or drop in during Family Open Lab to explore how ideaLAB creates summertime STEM learning (and fun!).
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:
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: