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HCPL at Houston Mini Maker Faire

The Houston Mini Maker Faire this year is bigger and better than ever!  We will be there representing HCPL and the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab to share all of the many cool and fascinating things that we do in our library system.  One of the more interesting things you may see is a life-sized 3D printed costume designed by a young maker named Nickolas, pictured left.  You can read more about this unique creation and the Maker Faire here.  

The Faire takes place this Saturday, 11/14/15, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  We hope to see you there!

Texas Library Snapshot Day

What happens in just a single day at the library?  You may be surprised!  On Thursday, October, 22, 2015, we took part in Texas Library Snapshot Day, an annual event held in October and organized by the Texas Library Association.  We had almost 1000 of you step through our doors on that day alone for a variety of activities, including:

Early Voting is Under Way!

Early voting for the November 3 elections has begun. You can vote early from October 19 - 30.

If all politics is local, this election is where the rubber hits the road. It may not have the glitz of a presidential race to pique people's interest, but, in the long run, the races and propositions on this ballot may have greater impact on your day to day life. Your vote counts and Harris County Public Library encourages everyone to exercise the right to be heard.

The ballot varies depending on where you live. For your sample ballot click here.

Trumpet and Piano Duo Wind and Ivory

Join us this Saturday, 8/22, at 1:15 PM in the Community Room for a pleasant afternoon of trumpet and piano duo Wind and Ivory!  Edgar and Katrinka Johnson have been performing since 1986 to a wide variety of audiences both here and abroad.  They have a wide musical repertoire and are talented performers on a range of styles, guaranteeing something for everyone.  Come and enjoy this free performance by some of the best local talent around!

Summer Happenings in the Innovation Lab

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab has been a very busy place this summer!  Kids, teens, and adults have all taken advantage of many of the hands-on activities, including circuit building, laser cutting and engraving, engineering challenges, 3D printing, and much more thanks to Patrick Ferrell, Innovation Lab Assistant, and an able and willing group of Lab volunteers.  If you're curious about all the goings-on, you can take a look at the photo album.  Also, be sure to take a look at this month's Innovation Lab program calendar to see all of the fun and interesting things you have the opportunity to learn right here at your library!

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.

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