Reviews and Blog Posts: idealab

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!

Elements of Web Design

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.

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.

Learning to Code at the Library: AutoHotKey

Learn to code at the library

So, coding, to me, means making things faster and easier for yourself and for others. Two ways you can do this, are

  1. 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.

The Library Started It All: Other Borrowing/Rental Services in Denver

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:

Family ideaLAB Workshops- Toy Hack, and Minecraft, and History Colorado!

Minecraft Summer Vacation

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 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!

These Software Amps Go to 11

Marshall Amp Photo

I can’t remember the last time ideaLAB’s recording studio went unused during Open Lab. Along with 3D printing, it’s definitely our most popular offering. The studio has a slew of software, a couple of microphones, a MIDI keyboard controller, digital turntables, a drum machine, and two guitars (one electric and one acoustic/electric).

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