Express Your Creativity

Give yourself a creative spark all month long with these books and some surprising new items available for checkout at Douglas County Libraries (DCL).

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Dyeing to Spin & Knit

by Felicia Lo
Fiber enthusiasts, get ready to be inspired. Fiber artists will learn the fundamentals of how color works, how to combine and coordinate colors, and how to control the results when dyeing wool and silk yarns and fibers. Spinners will learn how to subdue intense and bright colorways or prevent muddiness in handspun. Knitters will gain the knowledge to avoid or maximize the effects of pooling. Ignite your love of color — unapologetically! Looms and spinning wheels are available for checkout at DCL.

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Play Ukulele Today! Starter Pack

by Barrett Tagliarino
Want to play the uke? Then this is the book for you! This complete guide to the basics contains everything you need to get started on the ukulele. It covers: songs, chords and melodies; picking, fingerpicking and strumming; playing tips and techniques; standard notation and tablature; and much more. Over 150 songs and examples are included. Have fun as you open the door to the world of ukulele! Check out a ukulele from DCL.

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30-Minute Sewing

by Heather Love
Don’t have tons of time? No worries! In just 30 minutes you can use the instructions provided to create fun fashion, home accents, and hair accessories. Sewing machines are available for checkout, too!

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Sewing Happiness

by Sanae Ishida
Sew your way to happiness. Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought the author profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health, creativity, relationships and more, provides gentle inspiration to live your best life. Check out a sewing machine!

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Tapestry Weaving

by Kirsten Glasbrook
Learn many techniques for weaving tapestries with these helpful step-by-step instructions. The book is great for beginners. Inspirational pictures of beautiful tapestries will inspire your creativity. DCL offers looms for checkout.

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Epic Cosplay Costumes

by Kristie Good
If you are interested in cosplay or are just getting into cosplay, check out this book for some great ideas and designs. Presented in a kitschy, comic-book style, the book combines fantabulous illustrations with all the how-to information you need for creating your own cosplay designs. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or sidekick, the author gives you the power to create the most talked-about designs!

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Bold Expressive Painting

by Annie O’Brien Gonzales
Boldly go forth and paint! Learn tips and tricks on how to be expressive and embrace your creativity, whether using acrylics or oils. Break from tradition and learn to paint in a bold and modern way.

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Leap Write In!

by Karen Benke
Practice your creative writing with these imaginative writing exercises and make your story known.

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Teach Yourself Visually: Quilting

by Sonja Hakala
Check out this book to easily begin quilting, as it visually takes you through the steps of quilting. It’s amazing what you can do with two pieces of fabric and a layer of batting — the variety of quilts and quilting techniques is staggering. This guide introduces you to the essential skills you need to set off on your own quilting adventures. It walks you through everything from selecting fabrics to assembling blocks to binding the edges.

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The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

by Margaret Hubert
Grab your needles and get ready to knit your heart out. Looking for the perfect beginner’s book on knitting? This is it! This stitch guide is the ultimate knitting reference. A comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting, you’ll be making scarves, hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, and other projects in no time!

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Homemade Modern

by Ben Uyeda
Save money and still have a modern, stylish home with these home projects.

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Paper Craft

by Jemma Fletcher
This easy visual guide will show you how to make beautiful handmade paper crafts that are great for gifts, cards, framed art, and more. The sky is the limit!

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Crafting With Wood Pallets

by Becky Lamb
Upcycle with wood pallets to create unique décor and furniture for your home.

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The Art of Mindful Origami

by Richard Chambers
Tackle two birds with one stone through the guidance in this book: Take a break to practice mindfulness, and make beautiful pieces of origami.

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Crafting With Nature

by Amy Renea
Take a walk outside, enjoy a natural treasure hunt in beautiful Colorado surroundings, and then craft with nature. A beautiful and practical step-by-step guide to growing and gathering plants and using them to fill your life and home with natural homemade creations. The book offers an incredible collection of easy projects that use natural materials you can gather or grow and form into beautiful and useful crafts.

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Knitting Mochimochi

by Anna Hrachovec
Learn how to make these super-cute characters that are very popular in Japan. They make great toys and gifts. And who doesn’t love toys? They make you smile, give you something to squeeze and hug, and even keep you company on the couch while watching TV. But could the toy be a couch, or an old-fashioned television? Is that too weird? Not if the toy is mochimochi, the strange knitted toys the author created after falling in love with the bizarre character designs that are popular in Japan.

Fun for the Family!

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Sewing School

by Amie Petronis Plumley

Kid-friendly projects for learning and practicing sewing, no machine needed. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. The book helps little sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime.

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Art Lab for Kids

by Susan Schwake
This book presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles, including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Master the art world with these quick and easy lessons.

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Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop

by Susan B. Anderson
Kids can start knitting right away using this easy beginner’s guide. This accessible introduction to knitting in the round includes easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials on techniques from casting on and binding off to joining colors to make stripes, and 17 progressively challenging knitting projects. Step-by-step text and photos that kids can read and follow on their own make it easy for kids to knit independently in no time!

Welcome, Spring Break!

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Spring break is just over two weeks away. You still have plenty of time to make plans for an engaging, fun week with the family, whether you spend it indoors or out. Here are some ideas — and all you need for a good time is your library card!

Explore & Discover

  • Check Out Colorado! Stop by any Douglas County Libraries (DCL) location and check out a Colorado State Park pass and backpack for free, then visit any state park in our state and make your own adventure.
  • Reserve a free Adventure Pass to six local cultural institutions: Butterfly Pavilion; Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; and History Colorado Center. There’s something for everyone!
  • Discover a geocache with the kids. This great family activity gets everyone outside and moving. And there’s no telling what treasures you’ll find!
  • Take a GPS tour of Denver with the kids. Alphabet Denver: A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book, by Kitty Migaki, is full of color photos of the ABCs found in downtown Denver architecture. Every letter has a GPS code to encourage people to visit each letter in person. Simply use a smartphone or hand-held GPS to find the letters, which fall mostly between the Denver Art Museum and Coors Field.

Learn Something New

  • Did you know DCL offers sewing machine checkouts? Check one out, along with books on sewing projects for kids (or find a YouTube video), and get crafty!
  • Start a garden. The kids will love digging in the dirt and then watching their seedlings grow. You can check out a number of how-to books for getting your garden going and growing!

Get Creative

  • Our branches in Lone Tree, Castle Pines and Parker feature Everbright walls — life-size Lite-Brite-inspired light grids that can be manipulated to create colorful, artistic designs. Stop by and play! Then share your masterpiece with us on social media using the hashtag #IMadeThisatDCL.
  • Reserve time at the Parker Recording Studio to record an e-book featuring your children’s voices, or have fun with the green screen and make a video you can share with the whole family!

Bake

  • Who wouldn’t want to make cupcakes? Tie on the aprons, break out the cookbooks, and whip up some confectionary delights!

If you’re traveling over break, load your tablet with great kids’ magazinese-books and audiobooks for the journey. Keep the younger tykes entertained with talking picture books and fun games through Tumblebooks.

Happy trails!