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

Monday, March 9

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.

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

Tuesday, March 10

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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MakerLab: Intro to Sewing (Lucy Hammer)

Saturday, March 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? Join Zenaida Barrios in this introductory class. Using the MakerLab sewing machine and supplies, she’ll show you the basics of hand and machine 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!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Tuesday, March 17

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

Monday, March 23

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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Early Release Day – TinkerLab: Hands-on Activities for K thru Middle School Students (Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 25

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon filled with hands-on activities, creation and exploration as we transform our auditorium into a TinkerLab for elementary thru middle school students.

What is tinkering – well, it is all about problem solving and figuring out how something works! It’s not so much about getting the right answer or creating the perfect project but more about the experience, jumping in and taking risks and the overall process in order to learn something new.

We simply LOVE this idea and will be filling our room with building materials, art challenges and mini experiments to engage your child’s curiosity and encourage them to be inventive, ask questions and try something new. Do 1, 2, 3 or all of our projects provided – it is 100% up to you.

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

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3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and their Caregivers – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, March 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you and your kids interested in learning how to make files for 3D printing? Wouldn’t be fun to learn more about the MakerBot and all its possibilities together? Well, this class is especially geared towards the younger set and their caregivers. Our volunteer will walk everyone through basic 3D design and different computer software to create a simple file that you can then print on the library’s 3D printer!

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly and caregivers are required to come with child signups since this is a family activity.

Click here to register or call 203.488.1441, ext. 323.

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Monkey Wrench Warning: an Underground Railroad Quilting Experience with Jan Doyle for 1st thru 5th grade (Auditorium)

Saturday, April 4

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Experience the story of the Underground Railroad in a unique and attention-grabbing presentation. Using handmade quilts and stories children will learn how slaves transformed quilts into maps that would then lead them to safety.

After the presentation, children will have the opportunity to start  creating their own quilt with some materials provided by the library and presenter. Each participant will potentially create their own quilt square, which the library will then sew together to create a quilt and then place on display later in the week.

Can’t sew?  No problem!  The instructor will teach everyone how to do a running stitch that is perfect for your project and something that you can take with you when you go home.

* Participants MUST bring good scissors that will cut cloth and an outgrown item of clothing that we can transform into a quilting square! Hopefully we will gather a variety of materials to make one vibrant, happy go-lucky quilt.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

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

Monday, April 6

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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The MakerLab: A Week of Robots – Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Monday, April 13

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us as we put our MakerLab to the test and learn about all the components that go into the creation of brushbots, beetlebots and artbots. During this week long workshop participants will learn how to solder, attach batteries and motors and create 3D printed add-ons. Most importantly – they will take home robots! At the end of the week we will finalize our creations and have them take part in Lego built mazes and battles. May the best robot win.

Registration for this program is required and you must be able to attend all the sessions in order to create your robots. Space is limited so call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today. 

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