Would your young daughter benefit from a program designed to stimulate interest and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math?
San Jose Public Library is partering with Girl Scouts of Northern California to provide such a program at six library branches in November and December. In "Girls Go Tech: Movie Chemistries," the girls will create movie special effects acting as chemical engineers in the prop department. They'll make paint, explosions, and slime in the workshop, which is being presented as a single three-hour program at some library branches and as a series of three one-hour programs at other libraries.
The Girl Scouts' Girls Go Tech website cites National Science Foundation statistics indicating that women represent 46% of the total workforce yet only 25% of the technology workforce and 10% of the nation’s top technological jobs. The Girls Go Tech Initiative encourages girls to develop an early interest in math, science and technology and to maintain that interest as they mature and enter the workforce.
The Movie Chemistries program is open to all girls in K-4th grade. Space is limited, so please be sure to call or visit the library ahead of time to preregister.
Do you know our library web site has many eBooks available for download? Come, bring your iPad (or iPhone) and learn the best techniques on how to access to these wonderful resources from Overdrive. Pre-registration required.
Prerequisites: email account, knowledge of computer use, keyboard, mouse, and internet
When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
For Whom: Seniors
Location: King Library
Room & Floor: Room 125
Call to register: 1-408-808-2331
On Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 2013, over a hundred thousand people descended on the San Mateo County Event Center. They came in droves for the annual Maker Faire, billed as "The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth". The event acts as the epicenter for the fast growing maker community; a group of people who enjoy "innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft". Some of you may have noticed a cultural shift in recent years with the emergence of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself)/maker movement. Television shows, books, blogs, and videos have been popping up everywhere, showing us how to do everything from knitting a sweater for the holidays to growing our own food or even designing a circuit board. Maker Faire brings together people from around the world who want to show off their maker creations and teach others.
Maker Faire is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. There isn’t much in the way of rides, though you can still chow down on corn dogs and funnel cake. Instead, attendees can build robots, sew LEDs into clothing, learn how to raise chickens, take a workshop on programming Arduino, or watch a 3D printer in action. People are encouraged to be participants, not just spectators.
One of the talks that caught my attention this year was, "Librarians Making Makerspaces". Makerspaces are a somewhat new phenomenon, giving people outside of the tech industry an opportunity to work with tools that were once beyond their reach. Companies like TechShop allow its members to use a huge assortment of tools, most far too expensive (or large) for the average person to have at home. Spaces often have items such as laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines, vinyl cutters, screen printers, computer software, welders, etc. Most makerspaces charge its members a monthly fee in order to access their equipment. These shops are amazing, but are often too expensive and therefore only accessible to a select few.
Libraries, being the great equalizer that they are, are beginning to create their own makerspaces, open to everyone in the community. At the talk I attended several Bay Area librarians discussed their advancements in bringing makerspaces into their locations. Libraries are much more than book depositories. We are houses of knowledge, palaces of learning. The maker movement is about experimentation and learning new skills, something libraries have been encouraging since their inception. Libraries want everyone in the community to have free access to the latest in technology and have the opportunity to tap into their creativity. Many of your local San Jose Public Libraries already offer free workshops where you can learn a new craft technique or how to use your computer. We also have a TON of books and e-resources covering everything from robotics to knitting. Browse through our catalog or talk to your local librarian about what your interests are. We would be happy to help you find the resources to start that new project!
Being a maker myself, I am currently looking into ways we can bring the maker movement into our libraries offering a wide range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming options for all ages. If you’re a maker and want to volunteer to teach people in your community about your passion, send me an email!
Expand your maker knowledge:
First, I checked our Library Catalog and used keywords "app" and "business". I found a few titles that would be useful: The Art of the App Store by Tyson McCann, The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development by Dave Wooldridge, and Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit by Scott La Counte.
Next, I checked one of our online business resources, Business Source Complete, to search for industry news or statistics. I used keywords "mobile" and "app". I found an article titled "Games and Diversions Dominate Mobile App Use". This short article had great information and led me to Flurry’s website that tracks mobile app data and statistics. This site had lots of great statistics and information about how app users spend their time and what these users look like (demographics). Another website I suggested to the customer was Pew Internet, this site has great reports and data on technology trends and other topics.
Is your computer driving you crazy? Are you mystified by all the menus in Microsoft Word? Do you want to set up an email account but don’t know where to begin? Do you wish you could start connecting with family and friends using Facebook?
Computers can be frustrating for many of us. Fortunately, help is available at your library. Let our knowledgeable, patient Seven Trees Library volunteers help you solve your computer problems. Here at the Seven Trees Library we have two volunteer Tech Mentors. A Tech Mentor is available to assist you every Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:00PM and Saturdays from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Come to the Seven Trees Library and get the one-on-one help you need!
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In 2010, a documentary called "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" won 9 film awards. I was fortunate enough to see this amazing film twice on large screens in the movie theaters, including once in 3D. The cave that is revealed is Chauvet Cave in France. Closed by a landslide for at least 25,000 years, it was discovered in 1994. Inside the cave are beautiful rock formations, bones, footprints... and the oldest paintings in the world.
Director Werner Hertzog and three others were allowed access to the cave for 4 hours at a time for 6 days. They were not allowed to touch anything other than the narrow, suspended walkway reaching through a portion of the cave. Specially constructed filming equiptment was used to make the movie.
Chauvet cave will never be open to the public, but you can see this remarkable cave on film. San Jose Public Library card holders can check out the "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" on DVD for free, and can even place a request for it.
Your public libraries hold books and films on many wonders. Explore them at your local library!