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3D Printer in Action

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Take a peek at this time lapse video (below) of our MakerLab’s 3D Printer in action. This video was filmed and edited by local videographer Rich Pfeifer, and the printer is making a Blackstone Logo medallion which was designed by local engineer Sean McCulloch. We are so impressed at the talents of our community members! Want to learn more about our MakerLab? Click here!

You can be a part of the action, too! Set up an appointment with a librarian to be trained on the 3D printer and then come in to use it! Do you have skills to share? We’re looking for mentors and coaches for the different pieces of equipment in the MakerLab. If you have electronics skills, experience with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Adobe Photoshop Elements and/or Premiere Elements, LaunchPad/LaunchKey MIDI controllers, we want to hear from you! Call Katy Dillman at 203.488.1441, ext. 313.

Upcoming Events

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (in the Auditorium)

Tuesday, April 21

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a book club based around the silver screen as we invite middle school students and up to compare books and movies in our very own showdown! Each month students will be given a different book that has been adapted into a movie. At the monthly meeting we will discuss the characters, plot, and highs and lows of the story. Then we will watch the book’s film and put it to the test as we decide which is better – the book or the movie!?!

March’s Book/Movie – Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
April’s Book/Movie – City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
May’s Book/Movie – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Pizza and various snacks will be provided at each meeting, so you do not have to worry about dinner!

Registration for this program is provided so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

 

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Watersheds: An Earth Day Program: 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, April 22

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Head to the Blackstone Library for another partnership with the Regional Water Authority for a hands-on Earth Day program that has to do with watersheds and the dangers of pollution. A watershed describes an area of land that contains a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single larger body of water, such as a large river, a lake or an ocean. Participants will learn about the importance of watersheds and then create their own to see how everyday activities that happen on land can contaminate the water traveling below.

This program is meant for those in 4th grade and up and registration is required. To do so please call 203, 488. 1441 ext 323 or click here.

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Intro to 3D Printing – Learn to Create Your Own Files

Saturday, May 2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Want to learn how to design and create your own 3D files for printing? Join Jim Davis for an introduction to 3D file creation. Jim will walk you through the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Once you learn this software, you’ll be able to design and 3D print your very own creations.

Space is limited – register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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MakerLab: Basic Sewing (Lucy Hammer)

Saturday, May 2

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Do you have basic sewing skills and want to try a project? Join Zenaida Barrios in this Basic Sewing class. Using the MakerLab sewing machine and supplies, she’ll show you the basics of sewing, and will help you complete a small project to take home. For adults and teens (grades 5 and up). No experience necessary! Class size is limited, so register today!

Have your own sewing machine or cotton fabric you’d like to use (cotton shirts are OK, too)? Bring them in!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium/LH Room)

Monday, May 4

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Every other week we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.

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Intro to 3D Printing – Learn to Create Your Own Files

Tuesday, May 12

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Want to learn how to design and create your own 3D files for printing? Join Jim Davis for an introduction to 3D file creation. Jim will walk you through the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Once you learn this software, you’ll be able to design and 3D print your very own creations.

Space is limited – register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (Auditorium/LH Room)

Monday, May 18

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Every other week we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.

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Yoga for Home School Students in Partnership with the CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga – (4th – 8th Grade)

Tuesday, May 19

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CELC and Smiling Spirit Yoga are working together to provide FREE monthly yoga classes for students in 4th thru 8th grade. Previous yoga experience is not required, so why not get out of the house and give it a try?

Yoga invigorates your mind, body and spirit by:

stretching and toning your muscles…releasing tension…improving circulation…

cultivates concentration…supports mental clarity…builds up confidence…

encourages self-awareness…honors inner thought…invites stillness and relaxation.

Currently there are 6 openings and registration is required.
To do so contact the CELC office at 203.433.4658 OR email mandm@CTExperiential.org

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Paper to Popcorn: A Movie vs. Book Showdown – Middle School and Up (in the Auditorium)

Tuesday, May 19

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a book club based around the silver screen as we invite middle school students and up to compare books and movies in our very own showdown! Each month students will be given a different book that has been adapted into a movie. At the monthly meeting we will discuss the characters, plot, and highs and lows of the story. Then we will watch the book’s film and put it to the test as we decide which is better – the book or the movie!?!

March’s Book/Movie – Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
April’s Book/Movie – City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
May’s Book/Movie – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Pizza and various snacks will be provided at each meeting, so you do not have to worry about dinner!

Registration for this program is provided so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323 or click here.

 

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Graphic Reads: A Graphic Novel Book Club – 3rd thru 5th Grade (YS Department)

Monday, June 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This summer we are expanding our book clubs by including graphic novels! Each month we will meet to discuss a different graphic novel and share our thoughts and feelings about the characters, story and overall plot all while focusing on the artwork and how it enhances the story. Since this year’s summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” all of our graphic novels will have to do with main characters that make a difference.

This month’s book can be found in the Youth Services Department and is ready to be checked out.

Registration for this program is required so that we know how many books to provide. To do so call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323.

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Design Your Own Hero with our MakerLab: 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Been looking forward to getting your hands on our 3D printer? How about testing your design skills with our super hero creation challenge? Participants will use a superhero graphic organizer to create their own hero and signify their super powers, back story, real identity and more.

Once the organizer is completed participants will then be introduced to the 3D printer and its components and will use TinkerCad design software to create important pieces to their hero – whether it be a magic sword, special cape or shoes! Then we will put the graphic organizers and printed pieces together to create a Design Your Own Hero Display for the entire YS Department to enjoy.

Participants must come to all three sessions in order to complete their hero and registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.