Banned Books Week

This week we are observing Banned Books week, annual event celebrating the freedom to read. And the freedom to read whatever we choose, even materials some might consider unorthodox or unpopular.

In the past we have created displays of books that have been banned or challenged in libraries and schools across America, sometimes asking readers to guess why a particular title was banned. Or in what year The Great Gatsby was challenged. Or displaying  challenged books with paper flames around them. All eye-catching ways to bring the issue of intellectual freedom to the forefront quickly.

This year Katie has created a more personal display. We do have a small stand of banned books and the lists from the American Library Association of the most frequently challenged books.

This year, we are asking you, our readers and library patrons, to tell us who instilled in you your love of reading, what fictional character from a banned book would you want to have to lunch with, etc.

We would love to have your input, please stop by the second floor this week (9/25-10/2).

We hope to leave the display up past the end of the “official” celebration, because celebrating the freedom to read is a lifelong effort.



Family Rocket Day, 9-24-16

In the second session of a family rocket day, one family built and shot off rockets in the Discovery Lab at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. Using the rest of the Estes Gnome rockets,  three youngsters and their mother built three rockets. We then went outside to launch said rockets.

The Gnome rocket makes a good first-time project as they are easy to build and can be launched soon after completing.

I enjoy presenting these programs as it is a joy to see the little ones’ eyes light up when the rocket they’ve made launches.


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Family Rocket Workshop at the Library

Today 5 families built and launched rockets. I chose the Gnome rocket from Estes. The Gnome is small and easy to build; it took about 20 minutes to complete the kits, and the rockets were ready for launch. The Gnome rocket uses a streamer for recovery (as opposed to a parachute).

Each family got to launch their rocket two times. The rockets went up about 800 feet and tumbled to the ground after the engine ejected the nose cone and streamer. The orange streamer made for an easy recovery.

And as a bonus, I got to launch my rocket (orange one below, from a previous rocket program) once.

A good time was had by all.

There is another family rocket program on September 24, 2016 @ 10am in the Discovery Lab.


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Denver Tool Library

Recently, two of us from the adult reference department at the library took a field trip to the Denver Tool Library. Located at 555 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, the DTL is a community resource where members can borrow hand and power tools that they otherwise might not have access to.

The membership costs $80 a year and a tool may be checked for approximately 4 days. The library is open on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3pm-7pm and Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-2pm.

Librarian Sarah Steiner started the library about a year and a half ago after raising over $20,000 in an IndieGoGo campaign.

Tools run the gamut from saws, screwdrivers, hammers, mallets, clamps, tape measures, squares, table saws, chain saws, routers, brad $ finish nailers. Check out their online inventory of tools for a comprehensive list.

Even more impressive is a bike station where members can work on their bicycles.

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