Equipment

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!

Last Tech Q&A of 2016 is Friday Morning!

Adults -  Join TGIF Programs for our last Tech Q&A Discussion of 2016 in the Upstairs Training Lab this Friday at 10:30 AM. Let's talk about the technology issues concerning you! People from Freeman Library will be here to address questions about desktops/laptops, smartphones, digital tablets, HCPL eMedia, and more. This event is made possible by the support of the Friends of Freeman Library

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!

Using Your Smartphone class this Monday

smartphoneDo you have a smartphone but don't know where to start? Do you want to know more about using your smartphone? The Harris County Information Technology Center will be hosting a class on using your smartphone at the North Channel Library on Monday, October 10 at 1:30 PM. Please call the library at 281-457-1631 for more information. 

 

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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!

 

9/15/16: Power Up at Your Library Day

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared Thursday, September 15th as Power Up at Your Library Day to encourage libraries to promote technology, innovation, and creativity.  We are quite happy to participate and have planned a couple of events around this day.  First is "Chain Reactions," which is a drop-in program from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Innovation Lab.  Participants will be able to help construct a Rube-Goldberg machine and enjoy the fun and interesting results.  Second is the Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab Open House from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The public will be able to take a close look at this new service and space, which will offer opportunities to create, edit, and convert digital video, images, and audio/music.  An official open date for the Lab is planned for October at a date yet to be determined.  We hope you will join us for both of these "Powered Up" events!

Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab

Thanks to the generosity of late Freeman Library patron Jocelyn H. Lee, we will soon have another brand-new service available for you.  The Jocelyn H. Lee Digital Media Lab will be a place for you to create, edit, and convert music, video, and images with state-of-the-art hardware and software.  This new makerspace will be located upstairs in the former Copy Space between the Conference Room and the Quiet Room.  Technology Trainer Raymond Harbert is currently working hard to train staff and prepare this space to open tentatively in October.  An Open House is planned for September 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  To see more about the DML, take a look at the Flickr album.  We hope you are as excited as we are about this fun, new space available at your library!

Teen Tech Week Cricut Air Workshop March 7, 8, 9, and 11 @ 4 PM [10+]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to make your own custom graphics, cutouts, papercraft, or vinyl decals?

For Teen Tech Week, we are presenting four different workshops on using the Cricut Air custom cutting machine all at 4 PM.

7th—Introduction (Computer Lab)
8th—Papercrafts (Library Community Room)
9th—Fabric-crafts (Library Community Room)
11th—Vinyl Decals (Library Community Room)

Innovation Lab Featured by re:3D

Our friends at re:3D, makers of the Gigabot large-format 3D printer, recently published a blog article on their website about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab.  As you may know, we acquired a Gigabot for the Lab prior to its completion.  We know many of you have appreciated having access to this impressive piece of machinery, given all of the original interesting and imaginative things that you have chosen to print.  

re:3D's article is a worthwhile read if you are unaware of the brief history of the Innovation Lab or would like to know a little more about why a makerspace was pursued and how we feel about it now after approximately a year in operation.  For those who have taken advantage of the Lab, thank you!  We look forward to seeing how you will continue to learn and create!

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