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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.

Grand Opening - Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab

At long last, the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is almost ready for its debut!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 10:00 AM, when we cut the ribbon and officially open the library's first makerspace to the public!  Come meet Innovation Lab Assistant Patrick Ferrell, learn about all the equipment and activities that will be available, register for a variety of March maker programs, or visit with expert maker group CreatorSpace.  

We hope you will join us for this special occasion, the first of its kind for Freeman Branch Library!

Meet our new Innovation Lab Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our new Innovation Lab Assistant, Patrick Ferrell.  Patrick has extensive educational and work experience in both physics and mechanical engineering and brings with him an enthusiasm for maker learning and activities as well as plenty of great ideas to provide inspiring, interesting, and fun programs in the Lee Innovation Lab.

Got Tools?

Our local Ace Hardware store recently donated several tools for the developing Lee Innovation Lab.  Thank you, Ace!  However, our Friends of Freeman Library are pleased to accept from the public a few more things:

  • - Dremel rotary tool
  • - Sandpaper - 80-800 grit (variety)
  • - SAE and metric wrenches, standard and socket
  • - Crescent/adjustable wrench
  • - Hammer(s)
  • - Stainless steel rule(s)
  • - File set
  • - Calipers (digital)
  • - Tweezers, straight and angled point
  • - Needle-nose pliers
  • - Precision screwdriver set
  • - Multimeter
  • - Torx key set
  • - Wire cutter/stripper
  • - Linesman pliers

If you can help us with any or all of these things, please let us know!

October 3D Printing Orientation Now Available

Our September 3D printing orientation sessions filled up to capacity, but no worries!  We now have October sessions available.  Registering and attending one of these sessions allows you to schedule time on the printers and create objects of your own or others' making, such as this iPhone case, which can be found free on the site Thingiverse here.

October dates scheduled are:

  • - Wednesday, October 1st, 7:00 PM
  • - Thursday, October 9th, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 13th, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, October 18th, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, October 27th, 7:00 PM

Call or visit us today to register for one of these sessions and get yourself one step closer to using this fascinating, groundbreaking technology!

3D Printing @ Freeman Branch Library - First Customer

Alex was HCPL's first 3D printing customer, and what she created didn't disappoint! She found and printed from the site Thingiverse.com a free model of the Infinity Orb from the recent movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," which can be accessed here.

You too can start using this fun and fascinating technology of the future right here in the present. Visit the library or call 281-488-1906 to register now for one of several 3D printing orientation sessions available this month at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library:

  • - Thursday, 9/11, 7:00 PM
  • - Saturday, 9/13, 10:30 AM
  • - Wednesday, 9/17, 7:00 PM
  • - Monday, 9/22, 7:00 PM

Come Check Out Katy MakerSpace

Katy MakerSpace will be here tonight at 7 PM for their monthly presentation and boy do they have a surprise for you!  I just found this tweet from the founder of Katy MakerSpace, Harry Krueger, " I'm hanging out with the guys over at BuildYourCNC this afternoon to put together a demo unit that we will be bringing to our library meetup tonight."  Come out and join us for this very special meeting.

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

Come to our MakerSpace

Come learn about this special place for creators and inventors. Harry Krueger will be here to give us an introduction to Katy MakerSpace and all you can do there.

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