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.

-Steve

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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 anĀ 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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