Written by Bethany Todd, in collaboration with Laura Barr
The Denver Libraries are a rich source of fun, play, education, and opportunity. If you haven’t plugged into your local library, make a visit. See below for some fun activities you may not have known you can do at the library. It goes well beyond checking out books.
Check-out more than Books
- Seven-day passes and adventure backpacks to Colorado’s State Parks for free
- Seeds at the Ross-Broadway branch from its seed library
- A power check meter to find out what an appliance costs to operate
- A Chromebook for four hours of in-library use
- A Dell video projector with power cord and VGA cable in a carrying case
- A draft check meter, to find leaks in walls, molding and duct-work
- A GoPro Hero 3 digital camera, with accessories and carrying case
- Book a free pass for up to 30 days in advance to use at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, History Colorado Center or the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (Admission is valid for two adults)
- E-books, audio-books and videos on Overdrive or via the Downloads link
- Digital magazines on Zinio or Flipster
- Music on Volume: A Local Music Project
- Music at Music Online: Listening
Last year, my daughter and I attended an author visit by one of our favorite authors, Molly Idle. We also listened to music and watched graceful dancers on Saturdays at 2 p.m. If you haven’t been to these awesome activities before, check out upcoming events here. There are great opportunities for many ages, including adults.
Help, Support, and more for All Students
- Set-up appointments with a reference librarian for small business research help, help with a patent, student one-on-one assistance and help for non-profits.
- Use the ideaLAB at Central Library or Montbello, which includes access to the 3D Printer and recording studio, along with various other tools such as Adobe software and a button maker.
- Rent a room or meeting space.
- Phone-A-Story, which provides stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish for various age groups 24/7
- Services for the disabled, such as a printer that prints documents in Braille at Central Library or software to help the blind “read” what’s on a computer screen (more disabled services are listed here)
- Services for new immigrants such as second-language conversation skills, citizenship, business networking and more
- Homebound services are offered for those who can’t physically visit the library
Many of these resources were provided by Sarah Osborne from Rocky Mountain Human Services, an excellent local resource.