Katelyn is a 5 year-old girl from Victoria, Texas who was born without a fully-formed left hand. Her family contacted Harris County Public Library to ask about 3D-printing a prosthetic, then visited the Innovation Lab here at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library to meet with staff and volunteers and to discuss options. We decided to try making Katelyn an "Unlimbited Arm" from Team UnLimbited, part of the E-Nable Community.
Thanks to a lot of dedicated work from Innovation Lab volunteers (particularly Michael Craig and Robert E Bannon), the device was recently completed and delivered to Katelyn. In true maker fashion, Katelyn's dad has already made some modifications and improvements to make the arm more robust. Katelyn is looking forward to using her new hand during the coming school year.
With the continued support of the Friends of Freeman Library, and thanks to the dedication of volunteers around the world and right here in our local library, Katelyn is able to increase the function of her left hand because a public library has a makerspace - imagine that! We are so glad to have been part of this project.
Adults - TGIF Programs Summer Film Festival continues this Friday. At 10:15 AM on Friday, we will show Brian's Song, a film based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. This film stars James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, and Jack Warden.
Refreshments and film will be provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 281-488-1906 for further information. #HCPLSummer
Are you an adult who is looking to turn over a new leaf this fall? If you'd like to help a child discover the wonder of books, please consider becoming a Book Buddy. This program pairs an adult with a child to explore the fun of books. The program is held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-5:15 pm starting August 30 through November 15. You can apply for this volunteer opportunity in person or online http://www.hcpl.net/form/book-buddies-volunteer-application-and-agreemen... Volunteers for the fall session will be notified by the end of the first week in August.
We're now about half way through the Summer Reading Program. It will end on Saturday, August 6. We have about 1,000 Freeman children signed up and over 200 have completed the program and received a certificate and a book.