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International Space Station Model Donation

The Galveston Bay Area Scale Modelers Association recently contributed to the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch library a highly-accurate 1:144 scale model of the International Space Station that they assembled and detailed over the course of several months.  The model will be permanently on display in the library rotunda once a custom-built case is acquired.  Members noted that each inch of the model represents 12 feet of the actual station.  Pictured left to right are GBASMA members Mark Lardas, Ed Rains, Ren Faulk, Will Stager, Fitz Walker, Kevin Beard, Doug Bristol, and Don White.  Not pictured: Dan Slade, John Rivers, Dave Alexander, and Karl Bollmann.  

Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camp

We have a new partner in the local Microsoft Store!  Join us (by registration only!) for YouthSpark Summer Camp sessions on computer coding in our Training Lab, and then finish up with a movie making experience on Surface Pro 3 tablet computers!  

Kids 8-10 may register for the two-part session on Smart Game Coding scheduled for Friday, 7/10, and Friday 7/17, for 1:00 to 2:00 PM.  Kids 11-13 may register for the same dates but for sessions scheduled for 2:00 to 3:00 PM.  Participants must register with the staff and commit to both sessions.

On Friday, 7/24, kids 8-13 can take part in Smart Movie Making in the Children's Activity Space.  No registration is required, but participation is limited to 20.  Free tickets are required and available 30 minutes before the start of the program at the Kids Information Desk.

We hope you're as excited as we are about these new maker programs!

Blanche Stastny - Library Friend and Supporter

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Blanche Stastny. Blanche was a true supporter of the library, having served for many years on the Friends of Freeman Library board. Blanche was very well-connected in the community, loved the library and all it stood for, and was known for being one of the its most passionate and tireless fundraisers. We will miss you, Blanche.

Blanche's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to the Friends of Freeman Library.

Her obituary can be found at this link.

Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Now Open!

We are excited to say that the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is now open for business!  The grand opening and open house was held on Saturday, February 28th, from 10:00 AM.  You can catch some of the pictures here as well as a video here.  Free, hands-on classes on a variety of topics are now available to the public.  Registering for any of them is as easy as a visit or a phone call.  

You can also take a look at the new "Make @ HCPL" link on the left side of this page.  From there, you can learn more about all of the maker activities at other branches, find out more about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, or schedule time on the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  

We hope you will make use of all of the maker programs and services the Innovation Lab and the library has to offer.  Call or visit us today to learn more!

Freeman Branch Library's Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Class Registration & Grand Opening!

This is local high school student Karan Jerath with a 3D model he designed for his science fair and printed at Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library.  This particular design is for the remediation of deep water oil spills.  Karan printed this on equipment that is an extension of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, a community makerspace we are happy to announce is having its grand opening and open house on Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 10:00 AM.  Free March classes, such as basic circuits, soldering, Arduino 101, and machine design are now available for registration.  Please join us at the grand opening as we debut this new and exciting space in the library!

The Lee Innovation Lab was made possible by a bequest from late library patron Jocelyn H. Lee as well as many other donors, including the Friends of Freeman Library.  See more photos of the Lab and its development at this link.

Grand Opening - Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab

At long last, the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is almost ready for its debut!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 10:00 AM, when we cut the ribbon and officially open the library's first makerspace to the public!  Come meet Innovation Lab Assistant Patrick Ferrell, learn about all the equipment and activities that will be available, register for a variety of March maker programs, or visit with expert maker group CreatorSpace.  

We hope you will join us for this special occasion, the first of its kind for Freeman Branch Library!

Meet our new Innovation Lab Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our new Innovation Lab Assistant, Patrick Ferrell.  Patrick has extensive educational and work experience in both physics and mechanical engineering and brings with him an enthusiasm for maker learning and activities as well as plenty of great ideas to provide inspiring, interesting, and fun programs in the Lee Innovation Lab.

Got Tools?

Our local Ace Hardware store recently donated several tools for the developing Lee Innovation Lab.  Thank you, Ace!  However, our Friends of Freeman Library are pleased to accept from the public a few more things:

  • - Dremel rotary tool
  • - Sandpaper - 80-800 grit (variety)
  • - SAE and metric wrenches, standard and socket
  • - Crescent/adjustable wrench
  • - Hammer(s)
  • - Stainless steel rule(s)
  • - File set
  • - Calipers (digital)
  • - Tweezers, straight and angled point
  • - Needle-nose pliers
  • - Precision screwdriver set
  • - Multimeter
  • - Torx key set
  • - Wire cutter/stripper
  • - Linesman pliers

If you can help us with any or all of these things, please let us know!

October 3D Printing Orientation Now Available

Our September 3D printing orientation sessions filled up to capacity, but no worries!  We now have October sessions available.  Registering and attending one of these sessions allows you to schedule time on the printers and create objects of your own or others' making, such as this iPhone case, which can be found free on the site Thingiverse here.

October dates scheduled are:

  • - Wednesday, October 1st, 7:00 PM
  • - Thursday, October 9th, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 13th, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 27th, 7:00 PM

Call or visit us today to register for one of these sessions and get yourself one step closer to using this fascinating, groundbreaking technology!

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site Thingiverse.com a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM
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