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Learning Linux: Maker Stations

image of old self check machineDo you remember our old self-check machines? Maybe not so fondly? Two of them are coming back, but in a good way! When the library added the new self-check machines, there was a question about what to do with the old ones. We tried selling them, but no one wanted them.

I had an idea. Last summer, we had a lot of interest in Raspberry Pi at our maker event. What if we turned the two free-standing units into stations where people could come and play with the RPi?

Building Services refinished the desktops -- they look fantastic, btw. I gutted all of the self-checks for parts to be used in the library or for future Maker Club projects.

Digitize Your Records and Cassettes

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This month’s Maker Club is a demonstration on How to Digitize Your Records and Cassettes. Vinyl records and audiocassettes can be damaged easily and degrade over time. Preserve your audio memories (and make them portable to CDs, iPods, computers, and the like) by digitizing them! All you need is a computer with a line-in jack, a record or cassette player with a headphone jack (or USB jack), a cable to connect the two (or the kind of adapters we’ll talk about during the Maker Club), free software, and a little bit of know-how.

Organizing Your Art Files

Greetings Pics and Tricks Readers!

My apologies for going so long without a second post.  It's obviously been more than a week−I don't know what I was thinking.  Things get very busy around here, so I’ll be making these posts as often as I can, but probably not every week.

Today I’d like to address Media Maven's question about organizing files.

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Get ready for the new season of Game of Thrones!

 

The 5th season of Game of Thrones premiers on Sunday at 9 PM on HBO.

Learning Express Library

We have exciting news! LearningExpress Library™ now has a new responsive design and a wide array of great product enhancements and resources.

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Play with Linux

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The Play with Linux class tomorrow, April 7th, at 7:00 pm in the Computer Lab may be full, but those on the waiting list are welcome to come and watch. In the meantime, here’s a short introduction to Linux for beginners! (For the geeks out there, yes, some of this is going to be simplified).

What is Linux? It’s an operating system (the software that runs your computer). Microsoft makes Windows, Apple makes Mac OS X, and Linux is open-source, which means it’s made by… anyone who wants to make it! It’s free, easier to use than Windows 8, runs faster on older computers than modern versions of Windows, and best of all, you don’t really have to worry about viruses!

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