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.
If you haven't heard about it already, the ideaLAB is DPL's makerspace, located in the Central Library in the Community Technology Center. What's a makerspace? Well, it's a place for making stuff - music, art, robots, games, websites, purses, paintings - and giving you access to the tools you need to do so (we have 3D printers, the Adobe Creative Suite, a music studio, a Dremel - see our complete list of tools here). We opened two years ago as a space just for teens, but we've been slowly adding more hours for other ages.
When, exactly, did our digital world arise? For many, the advent of social media might first come to mind. How about the birth of the internet? Or maybe the first PCs? Each of these technological developments have certainly been revolutionary, but George Dyson, in his book Turing’s Cathedral, argues that the framework for modern computers and the digital age was actually constructed long before any of these phenomena.
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!
Remember when you used to have a camera to take photos? I started with a little 110 camera, and then a Polaroid. I even had an SLR for a while, but I never got really good at using it. Now I take all my photos with my phone. And I don’t wanna brag, but they’re great photos, too!
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.
Are you ready for some great new local music? I hope so, because we've just finished reviewing the second round of submissions for Volume, our local music site. We received over 60 submissions this time around, and have chosen the albums that will be used. We're working with the musicians on the paperwork, and on our technical end to get the music loaded. We'll be releasing new albums, every Tuesday, as we're ready (again, DRM- and $$$-free to DPL cardholders!).
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.