Friday, March 27, 2015

March School Visits: Kesling 7th Grade

Hey, Kesling 7th graders!  Here's my book talk from this month.  Thanks for listening and for asking great questions.  

Don't forget that we'll have April's Teen Advisory Board on April 2.  That's your last day of school before spring break.  Stop in for a snack, some extra credit, and give me your ideas about events at the library!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Making a 3D Printer: Day 1

Day 1: Assembling a 3D Printer

We didn't know what to expect as we had never built a 3D printer before nor had we asked patrons what kind of maker space style classes they wanted. What we did do was create a survey asking if they would volunteer in our newly formed "Spark Labs" initiative. 

We were inspired when volunteers demonstrated how to print mini robots, while library users worked together to build the first half of the 3D printer for the newly formed Spark Labs makerspace at LPCPL.

Over 30 people dropped by the large meeting room of the library to watch the fully operational 3D printer operated by Earl Adams, library volunteer, as well as observe the several participants working together in order to assemble a printrbot simple
metal 3D printer for the library.  

If you are interested in building this 3D printer we are finishing the build tonight from 4-6pm at the main library. We hope to see you here!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus is the third book in the bestselling “Killing” series by Bill O'Reilly. It will be discussed at the Page Turners book group from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Read or listen to it first if you can after placing a hold on a book in regular or large print or on CD first. Snacks and a beverage based on those mentioned in the book funded by the Friends of the Library will be available during the discussion. Then consider reading one of the other books in the series, Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Patton.

3D Printer Kit Preview

Come and SPARK your imagination at the 3D Printer Build on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17!

The inaugural class of the Library's SPARK Labs is happening on March 16 and 17, 4-6 p.m., at the Main location, and has us all excited! During our 3D Printer build everyone is welcome to come watch the experience as customers and staff assemble this new piece of equipment that will be available for the public through our Labs classes and workshops. There will be 3D printers in action so you can see the kinds of things this new technology will offer our customers. 
Earl Adams, a volunteer for the library, was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning opening up the 3D printer kit box. Adams, a lifelong 
La Porte county resident, enjoys sharing his passion and expertise to teach the public through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities. His enthusiasm for learning for all ages is infectious and will show in our SPARK Labs events in the future.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March School Visits: 6th Grade

Hello, 6th graders from Boston and Kesling!  Thanks for being a great audience this month.  (Although at this time Kesling hasn't actually heard the book talk.  I'm assuming you're going to be a good audience because you've been a good audience all year.)  Here are my slides from March's book talk.  

Be ready for me to book talk some poetry in April, which is National Poetry Month.  I know what you're thinking already: poetry is boring and there's no way you're going to like anything I book talk.  JUST YOU WAIT.  I'm bringing some pretty cool books!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February School Visits: 7th Grade Boston

HELLO, 7th graders!  Hope you enjoyed last month's school visit.  Here are the slides from my book talk.  Don't forget we have several programs coming up for you.  March's Teen Advisory Board meeting is schedule for the 5th at 3:30 in the afternoon.  We will be going over plans for May's lock in, while snacking on cookies.  Then next week, we have three programs related this year's Teen Tech Week.  If you're interested in tinkering and learning new skills--like soldering--then join us at Main on Tuesday and Thursday and at Coolspring on Saturday.  ~Ms. Lydia

Monday, March 2, 2015

Outreach Visits

Did you know that our librarians make presentations at eight area facilities on a monthly basis? We go to Brentwood, Countryside Place, Fountainview Terrace, La Porte County Home, Miller's Health and Rehabilitation at IU Health La Porte Hospital, Oak Woods Manor, Ruth Sabin Home, and Settlers Place. We always have a good group of men and women at each place who enjoy learning about such topics as baseball, weather, jewelry, old cars, old La Porte houses, and much more. Visitors are also welcome to attend at each place. Please contact www.laportelibrary.org  or call (219)362-6156 for more information.