Tinker, Maker, Curious Minds

Keep On Learning - Technology Kits Library of Things

Come and check out some Technology Kits!  These are the latest releases from our Library of Things collection.

Keep On Learning - Technology Kits Library of Things

Mention to anyone who loves to tinker that you can now borrow Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi Kits from the library, and you most probably will get an idea of what – and how popular – they are.

Arduino and Raspberry Pi technologies are well-known among robotics, electronics and hobby enthusiasts, high schoolers, middle schoolers, teachers, professors, college students, and STEM lovers – of all ages.  Plenty of cool ideas using microcontrollers can be found online, as well as in project idea books, and in electronics cookbooks that can be borrowed from the Library.  The Arduino Kit comes with a project book too!  These are great introductions to the concepts of electrical engineering, programming, development of digital devices, and more.

And now, we have them available for borrowing at the Livingston Public Library — i.e. to be taken home, to become an instrument for the maker of their own gadgets, and to become a means for curious minds to pursue whatever-creations-they-want-to-make projects that pop in their heads!

Aside from an Arduino Kit, and a Raspberry Pi Kit, the newest releases from our Library of Things collection include electricity monitors, Chromebooks, and a portable projector/screen.

Wondering how much electricity is being consumed by your devices?  We currently have two Electricity Usage Monitor Kits that can help you find out.  They come with instruction manuals on how to figure out the data you need.

Chromebooks are also now available for check-out borrowing, and can be taken out of Library premises.  The Chromebooks are ideal for internet  browsing, and portable computer work only.  Most applications that you will need, and the documents that you will work with, all need to be stored in the cloud, that is, via your email and other cloud-dependent apps and accounts.  Due to the unique operating system and features in these devices (no hard-drive disks, limited storage), downloads and installation of software applications will not be allowed.  The Chromebooks are perfect for internet and cloud-based work purposes — especially when you’d like to find a different cozy corner with Wi-Fi (at the Library, at home, at a coffee shop, etc.), where you can work on the computer (and can discuss things over the phone) at the same time!

Lastly, do you need a portable screen/projector, maybe for a business trip presentation, or a demo for a group, or even a display/exhibit/expo?  We have something for you as well!  Take them anywhere you need to, as long as you return them on time.  The projector can be connected to a HDMI-compatible device and comes with a screen, if you’d need that too.

If you’ve been thinking of getting one of these things, all you have to do is reserve them from the Library of Things collection, claim them on the designated day, and then you’re off to start on your awesome ideas!  If you need to cancel your pick-up reservation, please call to release the reservation ahead of time.  As a reminder, all items must be returned on time, by the due date.  Otherwise — for the Library of Things collection — rules, fees, and fines will be applied accordingly.  A two-week borrowing period is allotted, however, renewals are not allowed, so the next person in the reservation line can have access to them.

The reservations for the Library of Things collection, like the reservations for the Museum Passes, can be browsed by date, or by museum, or by kits — to see which are available on the dates you like.  You can even peek into the reserved items in your account.

All these courtesy of your Livingston Library card!

So come on in, and see, and browse, and discover, and experience all the ways — new and old — that your Livingston Public Library does to serve you and the community.

If I haven’t greeted you yet, may you have more fun and be happier this new year!!!

— Janea Agbayani, Technology Department Library Specialist

For more information, visit:  www.livingstonlibrary.org/resources-az/

For other topics, themes, and resources suggested for lifelong learning pursuits, visit our blog under the tag: Keep On Learning.

Creative Bug

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We have great news for makers and lovers of arts and crafts!

Have you ever wondered — while browsing store aisles for home accessories or while browsing images of beautifully made arts and crafts — how these things are made?  Or maybe, you’d like to learn how to paint new ideas (or draw or knit or quilt, and more) by watching someone show you how?

We’d like to introduce … Creative Bug!

Keep On Learning - Creative Bug
Creative Bug is an awesome resource of videos, classes, and workshops that will tickle one’s creative side.  It is great for all ages!

There is an abundance of offerings to choose from.  Cute, delightful, stress-relieving projects.  Short, fun, creative, segmented, instances of learning.  Online classes and workshops.  A community of artists and staff experts.  And a million more artsy and crafty ideas to make something beautiful for your space and homes, for you and your loved ones!

The videos are ad-free, and the content has been selected and screened, with presentations by award-winning artists.  Simply perfect for young minds, and charmingly inspiring for all ages!  The classes come with detailed lists of materials needed, some with downloadable patterns and recipes.

There are classes for Art+Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Knitting, Crochet, Food+Home, Jewelry, Holiday Party, Kids, and so much more.  In the sampling of classes featured here, there are instructions on how to make these projects:  Stitched Rope Basket, Double Paper Wine Wrap, Sew A Luckyjuju Puppy Doll, Paper Flowers, Paper Wedding Crafts, Playing with Watercolor, Hand-Built Ceramics, Easy Home Decor Sewing, and Hand Sew Farm Animal Finger Puppets.  There’s visual pleasure overload in Creative Bug!

To find this resource, visit the Collection > Resources A-Z page or the Online Learning page in our Library‘s website.  Enter your library card number, and you will be prompted to create an account with an email and a password.  Tweak your account profile based on your preferred personal settings, then you’re ready to go.

With the holiday breaks coming, we hope you’ll find something fun to do, for now or for later, from Creative Bug!  The wonderful videos might just inspire you to make something cute and wonderful… All… The… Time…

— Janea Agbayani, Adult Services Library Specialist

For more information, visit:  www.livingstonlibrary.org/resources-az/

For other topics, themes, and resources suggested for lifelong learning pursuits, visit our blog under the tag:  Keep On Learning.