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8mm/Super 8 Digital Converter Has Arrived!

Christmas came early to Freeman Library!  We recently received our 8mm/Super 8 film converter, which will be installed in the Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab early next year. This device allows the conversion of 8mm/Super 8 film into digital form for the purposes of preservation. We are very happy to add this to the services in the DML and look forward to you making free use of it.

If you haven't already, register for an upcoming Digital Media Lab orientation session by calling or visiting the library today and start using this fun, valuable, and free resource in the new year!

Phone System Upgrade

The Freeman Library is currently undergoing a phone system upgrade. Patrons may call in, but be advised that testing is still underway. We appreciate your patience as this upgrade is completed to better serve you.

JHL Innovation Lab - December Schedule

The Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab class schedule for December is available!  Click on the image link below to see or print your own copy.  Note that desktop CNC orientation is now open.  Please call or visit to register for classes.


Boeing and Lunar Rendezvous Festival Donations

We are pleased to say that the Friends of Freeman Library recently received $1000 donations each from Boeing and the Lunar Rendezvous Festival!  These donations have been designated for upgrades in the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab, which is nearing the end of its second year in operation.  We are very privileged to be part of such a generous community that appreciates and recognizes the valuable services that the library has to offer.  Many thanks to Boeing and all of those in the community involved with the annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival!

Check Out a Kindle eReader!

Kindle eReaders are now available for check out!  These ereaders will circulate for two-weeks, just like our other materials.  Is one unavailable at your branch?  You can put a hold on it just like a book and have one sent from another branch.  With it, you can download free ebooks from Amazon. "Cheat sheets" explaining how to use the device and service are included with each Kindle.  Take advantage of this great new service today!

Digital Media Lab Orientation Open for Registration

Orientation sessions for the Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab are now open for registration! Once completed, this one-time session will allow patrons to make a 2-hour reservation of the Lab with a library card. Dates and times currently scheduled are:

  • Monday, October 24th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19th, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21st, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 29th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please call the library at 281-488-1906 or visit to register. Reservation of the Lab will soon be available via a form online on the "Make @ HCPL" page: http://www.hcpl.net/content/make-hcpl. Instructions on reserving the Lab will be provided in the orientation session.

Desktop CNC Orientation in November

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Freeman, the Innovation Lab was able to purchase a Nomad 883 desktop CNC from Carbide 3D this summer.  This desktop CNC is a 3D 'carving' tool (essentially a small end-mill) that patrons will be able to use to create objects from wood, plastics and some metals.  Orientation sessions on the use of this tool will be scheduled in the month of November.  After orientation, patrons will be able to make a reservation on the machine in much the same way as the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  Stay tuned for a listing of select dates for these orientation sessions, which will soon be posted on our Events Calendar.  Thanks again to the Friends of Freeman for their support of the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab!

New Incentives for Supporting the Friends of Freeman!

From summer reading program performers, to items on the shelves, to the activities and equipment available in the Innovation Lab, the Friends of Freeman Library support it all! If you want to know how you can support your favorite library -- Freeman, of course -- then look no further! There are even now incentives for each level of monetary donations. Want to become a member? They're always looking for generous new faces to join their ranks. Click on the image of the form below and print (or grab one at the library), fill it out and return it with your donation, and feel great about helping your library remain the outstanding resource that it is!

Innovation Lab Maker Challenge

The patrons who use the Innovation Lab come up with some incredibly creative designs and projects, and they'll be showing them off this Saturday, October 1st, at 11 a.m. during the JHLIL Maker Challenge Contest. If you've made something in the Lab during the past three months, there's still time to enter -- but not much!  Follow this link to find the rules and requirements, and register by Wednesday, September 28th. 

- Patrick Ferrell, Innovation Lab Trainer

3D Printer Users Group

Join us in the 3D Printer Users Group meeting in the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab to share your ideas or other experiences of 3D printing.  No registration required.  All are welcome!

 

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