Westlake Porter Public Library has scheduled a major system upgrade for Jan. 3 through Jan. 5, 2017. During the transition, the library system that provides the online catalog and keeps track of user accounts, checkouts and holds will have very limited function.
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).
The weather outside continues to fluctuate, but mitten weather is on the way. Take a moment, cuddle up on the couch and read The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg.
In early November I was invited to participate in a meeting with Ryan Burgess, Governor Kasich’s Director of Workforce Transformation, to discuss what libraries are currently doing for workforce development and how the state can leverage the power of libraries even more. One of Governor Kasich’s key initiatives is Ohio Means Jobs, “a central front door for individuals and businesses interested in employment programs.”
Public libraries generally, and Westlake Porter Library specifically, offer a tremendous amount of resources for workforce development.
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.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away. We are all preparing for family visits and a wonderfully prepared meal. Be sure to take a break and spend some time with your child. In addition to having your child help in the kitchen, a book and a craft is a fun way to spend quality time together over the holidays.
"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." --Leonard Cohen, Anthem
Zen Ghost is the third story written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth with Stillwater the panda. Stillwater is a loveable character your child will want to read about again and again. In Zen Ghost, Stillwater shares a non-scary ghost story that both teaches and entertains. This book also has beautiful illustrations to keep your child's interest.