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Author Visit - Gary L. Stewart

On Thursday, August 28th, at 7:00 PM, the library will be pleased to host national bestselling author Gary L. Stewart.  Mr. Stewart is the author of "The Most Dangerous Animal of All," published early this year.  Mr. Stewart's book, written along with Susan Mustafa, chronicles his decade-long search for his birth parents, which led him to a chilling conclusion about his father and potential connection with the Zodiac Killer.  

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Freeman Library.  Schroeder's Book Haven, in League City, will provide copies of Mr. Stewart's book for sale.  

Innovation Lab - 3D printing update

We recently found a very practical way to test re:3D's large-format Gigabot 3D printer.  Recognizing that we would need lettering to mark the Lee Innovation Lab in its eventual home on the second floor, we found a font we liked, tweaked it, converted it to the proper format, and let the printer do the rest.  We had to change the filament

New Memorial Benches

Thanks to more than one generous donation, we now have four benches in front of the library so that you can enjoy the leisure of reading outdoors. Many thanks to those who chose to honor the memory of the late Charles J. Eardley by contributing toward a bench, not to mention the Friends of Freeman Library and the estate of Jocelyn H. Lee for providing the others!

3D printers have arrived!

Our Innovation Lab 3D printers have arrived!  Both our MakerBot Replicator 2 and local company re:3D's printer, the Gigabot, both arrived recently, and we couldn't be more excited!  Each day we move ever closer to the Innovation Lab, where the public will be able to use and learn about creative technologies such as 3D printing.  We are eager for everyone to have access to this equipment and all it can do, but we ask for your patience as we try both to learn about these devices ourselves in order to help you learn as well and to finish construction on their permanent home in the Innovation Lab upstairs.  We hope for construction to begin very soon, so stay tuned!

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!

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:

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.

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.  

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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