Tech Series Week 6: Hack Your Life: 3D Printing

Hack your life: make a duct-tape lunch box.
Hack your life: make a duct-tape lunch box.

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Many people hear the word “hack” and think of evil computer coders, not unlike the daredevil computer geniuses in the 1995 thriller Hackers. “Hack” is a multipurpose word with scores of definitions, but for our sake its primary meaning is “using one’s skill to refine something.” In this way, we are using the word “hack” positively – to “hack” or adjust your life for good.

Learn more about how to hack your life.

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New T|E|A Room Activities!

TEA Room activities - get them while they're hot!
TEA Room activities - get them while they're hot!

We have two (and even more than that) new activities in the T|E|A Room for you to check out. So come book the room for an hour (more on that here) and explore:

- littleBits (electronic building blocks!)

- Tinkerbots Wheeler set (build a car and control it with an app)

- Artstraws

- Kaleidoscope Making

- TP Shooters

- and more!

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Thursday, March 17th from 4-5pm

Join the Children's Librarians for a special drop in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 3 and up. Open.

Women's History Month Film Festival

Join us in March to celebrate Women's History Month
Join us in March to celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and in honor of notable women throughout history we will host a special Women's History Month Film Festival. We will screen films celebrating historic women and girl empowerment. View the list of films below.

Brave: Friday March 25th at 2 p.m.

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

(Running time 93 minutes, Rated PG). Watch the trailer.

Tech Series Week 5: Maker Movement (continued)

Families
Families "making" and playing with cardboard during our Maker Day, 2014.

Continued from here.

A great way to keep track of and get inspiration for all your DIY/Maker projects is to pin them on a Pinterest board. Pinterest allows you to put all of your projects into categories that you can save for later. Inspiration can be found anywhere and with all of the advancements in technology inspiration can be found at your fingertips.

Join the Maker Movement by picking up needles, Arduino boards, yarn, or anything, and infuse making into your world by checking out a Makerfaire, selling your goods online or visiting the Darien Library's T|E|A Room or Digital Media Lab (DML).

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Tech Series Week 5: Maker Movement

Families
Families "making" and playing with cardboard during our Maker Day, 2014.

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The Maker Movement really came on the scene around 2005. Most likely originating in California's Silicon Valley, the Maker Movement gained momentum from individuals who worked in tech jobs by day but wanted to create something of their own away from work. They used their backgrounds in technology to "make" from leftover art mediums, circuit boards, computer parts - whatever they could get their hands on. Now, making has become so popular that many of the earliest and most popular projects have become open source. Project kits can be purchased from maker-inspired companies like ADA Fruit and Makershed.

Learn more about the Maker Movement...

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Java Coding for kids

Tuesdays in March (Registration is for every Tuesday class)

March 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 4:30pm-5:30pm.

 

Learn the programming language Java. Registration is for all four weeks of class. Ages 9-12.

 

Registered. If this form is no longer accepting submission, please register for the waitlist.

Family Game Night: Minute to Win It

Photo by Birgit Fostervold | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by Birgit Fostervold | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Monday, March 28th at 5:30pm

 

Families are invited to join us for a special game night in the library version of Minute to Win It!

Grades K and up.

Register

Women's History Month Portrait Art Workshop

Art from our Black History Month Portrait Workshop by Apara
Art from our Black History Month Portrait Workshop by Apara

Wednesday, March 9th from 3 - 5 pm

Ages 8-12

We're looking for art to display on our Library walls! 

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month as we create portraits to decorate the Children’s Library for the month of March. Learn about new art materials, cool women you may not have heard of, and how to create a compelling portrait.

Register here.

Open T|E|A Rooms in March

Join us for T|E|A Room Tuesdays in March!

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

Mar 1 – Stroboscopes
Mar 8 -  Lego Labyrinth
Mar 15 - Printmaking St. Patrick’s Day Cards
Mar 22 -  Invisible Ink
Mar 29 - Little Bits

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