So if you have been wondering what happened to all the toys you've donated to Baldwin Boettcher Library...

We gathered them all up, provided some tools:



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!

Makerspace, What is THAT?!

Have you heard of the new movement that is sweeping the country?  There is a new way to promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) through Makerspace.  Makerspaces are popping up all over the country and we have one right here in Katy.

Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab Now Open!

We are excited to say that the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab is now open for business!  The grand opening and open house was held on Saturday, February 28th, from 10:00 AM.  You can catch some of the pictures here as well as a video here.  Free, hands-on classes on a variety of topics are now available to the public.  Registering for any of them is as easy as a visit or a phone call.  

You can also take a look at the new "Make @ HCPL" link on the left side of this page.  From there, you can learn more about all of the maker activities at other branches, find out more about the Jocelyn H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, or schedule time on the 3D printers or laser cutter/engraver.  

We hope you will make use of all of the maker programs and services the Innovation Lab and the library has to offer.  Call or visit us today to learn more!

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 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
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