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3D Printer has arrived!

We are pleased to welcome a new addition to Freeman Branch Library!  Our first 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2, arrived yesterday.  This is one of the first big steps that gets us a little closer to the Innovation Lab, a place where everyone can come and create with fun and exciting technology such as this.  We look forward to providing you with more updates on our progress with the lab and all of its components over the next several months.  Stay tuned for more as we move forward into the future at Freeman!

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National Geographic Adventurer Jennifer Pharr Davis

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:00 PM at Evelyn Meador or  Wednesday, April 9th, at 7:00 PM at Freeman! As a part of Freeman Library's continuing celebration of 50 years of service to the Clear Lake area, Freeman Branch Library, along with Evelyn Meador Library, are pleased to host Jennifer Pharr Davis, hiker, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year!...

Innovation Lab - Floor Plan

We're very excited about the rough plan architects have put together for our Innovation Lab, which is projected for a summer or fall opening later this year.  The lab will have quite a few fascinating and engaging technologies to offer to all ages, and we look forward to making it available to you!  To see a larger imagine of this floor plan, select the document attached to this blog below.

Here is a key to to the numbers marked on the plan:

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Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

In continuing celebration of 50 years of service to Clear Lake, Freeman Branch Library is pleased to welcome back New-York based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher, who  will return for another free performance on Monday, March 10th, at 7:00 PM.
 
Mr. Fletcher began the study of guitar at age seven and made his formal debut at fifteen.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and returned in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to a sold-out house.

This is a free concert open to the public.  This is not a ticketed event, but seating is limited.
 
Mr. Fletcher will also be performing at the Evelyn Meador Branch Library on Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:00 PM.  That event is ticketed, so please call or visit ahead of time.

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Announcement: Innovation Lab

Who are these people in this random photograph?  They're HCPL administrators Ron Lucik and Gene Rollins, along with representatives of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc.  What are they doing in the library's Quiet Area?  Two words: Innovation Lab.  What's that?  Well, in short, it will be a place where people of all ages can come and imagine, collaborate, and learn using unique creative technologies.  Here is just one of the many things you might see in this space once it's completed:  Click here to see something cool.  

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Jocelyn H. Lee - Library Benefactor

The library was recently privileged to receive a very generous bequest upon the passing of one of our customers.  Jocelyn H. Lee, a former Clear Lake resident, named the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library in his will and left all who use the library with funds to benefit our activities, programs, and services both now and in the future.  

The following is a brief bio on Mr. Lee, provided by those who knew him:  

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Humans In Space Youth Art Competition

Freeman Library is privileged to have on display from May through August works created by young artists as part of the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition.  This international competition, just having finished its second running, "encouraged youth (ages 10-18) to 'Be Inspired, Creative and Heard,' asking them to think about the future of human space flight and to creatively communicate their ideas through their visual, literary, musical or video artwork."  Enjoy taking in the many beautiful and creative works from all over the world on display in our Internet Cafe and find out how you can generate interest or be involved in future competitions, which strive for its participants "to enhance their awareness, interest and support for human space flight.&qu...

Free Performance - Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will grace the library with a performance on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

Mr. Fletcher began the study of guitar at the age of seven and made his formal debut at fifteen. He has studied under many of the great masters; Jose Tomas, David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009, and 2010 to a completely sold-out house. He will be performing there again in April, 2013.

Mr. Fletcher has also performed extensively on radio and television and has three recordings available which have received critical acclaim.

We are honored to have him perform for us.

Please Note: This is a free concert, open to the public, and seating is limited.

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iPads Now Available!

We now have iPads available for checkout!  It's just like checking out a laptop, which means you need only be 12-years of age or older, have an account in good-standing, and registered with a library card for at least 30 days.  Beyond that, given that you have your library card with you, feel free to check one out and use it here in the library for a couple of hours.  We have approximately 100 apps installed on each one, which means you're unlikely to run short of interest in familiarizing yourself with all that it can do.  Come take advantage of yet one more invaluable service your library offers!

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Sign Up for Our Email Newsletters!

Start this year off right by staying informed about what's happening at your library!  In an effort to keep you aware of what's going on, we will begin offering the opportunity to subscribe to one or several email newsletters we plan on producing for you at least once a month.  If you sign up, you'll have adult, children's, or teen program and activity information delivered straight to your digital doorstep!  To get started, just select the button below and follow the simple steps that follow!

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