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: 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!

We Need Your Feedback!

In 2015, we gave you the Innovation Lab.  You learned about 3D printing, prototyped your inventions, won science fairs, learned how to program a robot, and so much more.

In 2016, we would like to give you the Digital Media Lab (DML).  Use audio production software and instruments to create original music.  Use a digital camcorder and green screen to shoot video and then edit it with professional software.  Convert and preserve your old home movies or audio recordings into digital form.  These are just a few of the activities you would be able to enjoy right here in a library DML.

We would like a little feedback from you first.  Please take a moment to click on the question below to answer one very simple survey question:


What do you want in the DML?


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!

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