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Introducing the Silhouette Cameo 3!

Introducing the newest addition to our Makerspace technology, the Silhouette Cameo 3! Tonight's Maker Monday shows how to use the Silhouette Cameo to cut out custom designs from the computer onto heat transfer vinyl, which can then be ironed on to T-shirts and other clothing, tote bags, pillows, and more!

Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs

There are still some spots left for 12/12’s Maker Monday: Transfer Videocassettes to DVDs!

If you just want to transfer your home movies on VHS straight to a DVD, the process is simple with our new Maker Station. Just request a slot (up to 4 hours) at the Reference Desk. (Test your VHS at home first. The library is not responsible for damaged tapes). Turn on the TV and the recorder, then put in a videocassette and a blank DVD-R (the library has some available for purchase).

Fun Things to 3D Print

Tonight's Maker Monday, "Fun Things to 3D Print," may inspire you to create your own 3D-printable objects. Some of those techniques have already been described in this earlier blog post (including how to access the tutorials on how to use them through Lynda.com). Read that post to learn more about designing objects from scratch on the computer with Tinkercad, Meshmixer, or Blender. You can also learn how to scan real-life objects with your smartphone with 123D Catch.

Movie Maker Mondays!

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For the next three sessions, Maker Mondays are "going Hollywood!" Ever wanted to make a movie using just your smartphone? Or maybe you just want to learn about how you can create better home movies? This series for all ages will show you how!

"Planning Your Movie" on Monday, August 1 from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Dover Room will show you moviemaking secrets- the proper way to write a script, create a storyboard, and plan how you want your movie to be shot! Register here.

STEAM Week!

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July 17-23 is STEAM Week! Previously known as Science Week, STEAM Week incorporates plenty of programs promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Click on each link to see if you have to register or not.

Design 3D-Printable Objects

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Maker Monday: Design 3D-Printable Objects on July 11 may be full, but as always, there are plenty of helpful links online to continue what we learned in What is 3D Printing?

The first thing we’re doing is designing original objects in the free online program Tinkercad. Just sign up for an account, and the website itself will walk you through a tutorial (complete with stars every time you complete something!) If you’d like video help as well, just watch the Lynda.com video on Tinkercad for free with your Westlake Porter Public Library card.

What Is 3D Printing?

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You may have heard of 3D printing, but what is it? Well, it's "a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material."

M is for May, Music, and Mental Health

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Music is a central part of our lives and our memories. To help preserve those memories, last month's Maker Monday was on how to Digitize Your Records and Cassettes (click the link for resources), featuring the library's USB Turntable Maker Station kindly donated by a patron. It's located near Electronic Services. Anyone can come in with records of any speed and transfer them to MP3 (or other digital formats) using the attached Linux Mint computer (register for this month's Play with Linux program to familiarize yourself with that operating system). The Maker Station is chock full of wonderful multimedia programs for you to record, edit, convert, produce, and even write your own music! And Lynda.com has plenty of video tutorials that will teach you how to use them.

Tomorrow Ends Nearly a Year in Space

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What would it feel like to spend nearly a year in space?

Tomorrow, American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko will be returning to Earth from their “Year in Space” mission on the International Space Station (ISS). They left the planet in March 2015 to study long-term effects of space travel on the human body to better prepare for longer trips, such as those to Mars (which is six months one way). Scott has an identical twin brother still on Earth, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is participating with him in a twin study comparing the changes to their bodies.

The Legacy of Space Shuttle Challenger

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January 28th marked the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger explosion 73 seconds after liftoff. Although it was before my time, I remember reading books about it in elementary school, and thought it especially sad that one of the seven astronauts and payload specialists killed had been a teacher. On January 28th, 1986, teachers and schoolchildren across the country tuned in to watch the shuttle launch live on television, only to have excitement turn to tragedy. But Challenger’s overarching goal—STEM education through space travel—lived on.