NOTE: The Downtown Library will open at noon on Tuesday, June 6 for a staff training.

Gearing up for Sep-STEM-ber!

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is used to refer collectively to any subjects within these fields—everything from botany to robotics. Next month, PPL will kick off some seriously STEM-centric programming for kids, teens, adults and families. Happy Sep-STEM-ber!

A 3D printer is coming to the Public Computing department! 3D printing is a process of layering a special kind of plastic (called “filament”) according to a design file. Meet our model, the Makerbot Replicator 2 here, and check out tons of possible creations at Thingiverse. Stay tuned for more information about opportunities to see the Makerbot in action and to submit your own files for printing!

Building with Legos can teach young people about STEM concepts like geometry, mechanics, and the spirit of invention… but it’s not just for children! Four Lego clubs will start the first full week of September:

Children (ages 7 to 12): Tuesdays, 3:30-5

Teens (ages 13 to 19): Wednesdays, 2:30-4

Adults (18+): Thursdays, 5:30-7

Families @ Riverton (all ages): Saturdays, 11-12:30

PPL will host Digital Diligence, a series of six workshops dealing with online safety and privacy, at the end of September. The programs will cover topics like creating strong passwords, Facebook security, and cyberbullying. Check out the full list with specific dates and times here (and note that registration is required for a few).

Our lunchtime science cafes will also continue next month. On September 17th, stop by to hear about birds from researchers from the Biodiversity Research Institute. The following week’s topic is the science of addiction, presented by Dr. Ed Bilsky from UNE. More info.

Keep an eye out for fresh STEM book lists, an upcoming fiber workshop for teens, and a microscope patrons will be able to check out and take home. And finally, while all this cool new stuff is going on, don’t forget about ongoing individual computer tutoring and Girl Gamer Saturdays for teens.


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