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Teen: Maker Mondays

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Maker Space flagCome to the Library on Monday afternoons to hang out and geek out. Each Maker Monday will feature a different hands-on, creative activity, such as stop-motion animation, tinkering, and making cool stuff. Register online for each workshop. Join anytime. Each week's workshop will be announced the week before. This series is free and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For grades 6-9.

Please note time change this week. 

This week... MaKey MaKey (rescheduled from 2/3)

 

Learn how to use the invention kit MaKey MaKey to create cool stuff in Scratch. Bring a laptop. 

 

imlsThe program is made possible in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Maker, Teen

CANCELLED: Maker Wedding: The Princess Bride, 2.0

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CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

Warner Rao wedding

 

Kerstin and Vijay Rao give a lively show-and-tell about their recent wedding, which combined improv comedy, a sword fight, model-making, Arduino programming, calligraphy and paper arts. A video will be shown of the reenactment of The Princess Bride, featuring the local comedy improv troupe, Funny Side Up.  See the tableau of the film's landscape for their cake; the hand-drawn calligraphy, paper arts, and some of the costumes. Cupcakes will be served!

Warner Rao wedding

Photo credits:  Pamela Einarsen Photography

McManus Room
Maker Movement
Maker

Inventor's Series: Developing Mobile Apps

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mobile appsNorman Tsang, Betty Tsang, John Ventura and Dr. Jonathan Kirschner, Psy.D. will talk about the development process for their mobile apps.

Betty and Norman Tsang developed “Where’s Our School Bus?” mobile app due to their son's constantly missing the school bus. Norman Tsang is a founder of two startup businesses and has been an investor and executive of rapidly growing small businesses for the past two decades. He co-founded and was a Managing Partner of Alerion Partners, an early stage investment firm and co-founded OurCrowd, the developer of the crowdsourcing mobile app “Where’s Our School Bus?” Previously he worked at large organizations including McKinsey, Citigroup, IBM and Star Market. He also ran sales/marketing for early stage companies including PSI, which made self-checkout systems for retailers. Norman has an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from NYU.

Betty Tsang is currently working at The Westport Library. Prior to this, she was a third grade teacher at Saugatuck Elementary School and Long Lots School. Before becoming a teacher, she was a project manager at Fidelity Investments and at Accenture Consulting. Betty has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and a Masters of Education from Boston College.

John Ventura is a Weston resident and founder of Cashpath Financial, a company that is creating a new standard for personal money management for the consumer. He created a mobile app for discretionary spending, which works with any bank and is currently in alpha. Within this app is a short term lending product that designed to circumvent negative bank balances. Prior to Cashpath, he cofounded Partner Advisors, now the leading partnership credit card consulting firm, and has also worked at American Express, MovieFone and Doubleclick.

Dr. Jonathan Kirschner is a consultant, business leader, the CEO of AIIR Consulting and founder and developer of Stress Check, a stress assessment tool available for iphone and Android devices. This tool provides users with an overall stress score that illuminates their current level of stress. After receiving their overall score, users can deepen their insight by examining the specific areas their stress affects them (interpersonal, physiological, situational, control). THe results help users more effectively target and reduce high stress areas. Additionally, Dr. Kirschner developed the AIIR® coaching method as a process for achieving sustained behavioral change and the company’s cloud-based platform that enables telepresence coaching sessions to occur at the click of a button, anytime and anywhere. Dr. Kirschner, a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion and holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University.
 

McManus Room
Technology, Maker Movement, Career

Maker-in-Residence: New Media Artist Balam Soto Facilitates Collaborative Digital Quilt Making

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balamOn Saturday, December 21, see how LED technology is integrated into the quilt squares.

Imagine quilt making with a modern twist–a collaborative project that combines fabric, LED lights and creativity to produce a unique,
communal piece of art. Award-winning new media artist Balam Soto will be the  Library’s first IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) funded Maker-in-Residence, facilitating digital quilt making on five consecutive Saturdays in The Great Hall—November 23, November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21 and January 4—from noon-4 pm. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

balam's quiltJoin in on this creative project, which will integrate the traditional social aspects of quilt making with new technology. Participants will help create an interactive quilt that lights up in response to a remote control device. The project incorporates geometric shapes, LEDs and sensors embedded in fabric. The theme of the quilt will be determined through discussion.

Soto is an internationally acclaimed new media artist who combines art and technology to create interactive pieces that include video, murals and performance. He has exhibited in worldwide venues including the World Maker Faire in New York City and galleries and museums in New York, Belgium, Guatemala and many others. He has received three “Editor’s Choice” awards from New York’s World Maker Faire and the “Latino de Oro [Golden Latino] Award for Arts & Culture" in Connecticut.he has also received official Citations from the Mayor of Hartford, CT and the Governors of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In April 2008, he was honored with a Diploma of Recognition as a “Maestro,” a Master of Visual Arts, by the National Congress of Guatemala.


imls logoThe Library received an IMLS grant in October for enhancing its MakerSpace, providing more hands-on, innovative learning experiences.
 

The Great Hall
Technology, Maker Movement
All ages
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Teen: Maker Mondays

Please see full event listing for date.

Maker Space flagCome to the Library on Monday afternoons to hang out and geek out. Each Maker Monday will feature a different hands-on, creative activity, such as stop-motion animation, tinkering, and making cool stuff. Register online for each workshop. Join anytime. Each week's workshop will be announced the week before. This series is free and is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. For grades 6-9.

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker, Teen
Grade6, Grade7, Grade8, Grade9

Teen: Maker Mondays

Please see full event listing for date.

Maker Space flagCome to the Library on Monday afternoons to hang out and geek out. Each Maker Monday will feature a different hands-on, creative activity, such as stop-motion animation, tinkering, and making cool stuff. Register online for each workshop. Join anytime. Each week's workshop will be announced the week before. This series is free and is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. For grades 6-9.

This week... SketchUp

An introduction to the 3D design software SketchUp. Download the software from the SketchUp website and bring a laptop. 

Weeks Seminar Room
Teen, Maker Movement
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker, Teen

Introducing ... Google Glass

October 12, 2013
Michael J. Miller

Computer and technology expert Michael J. Miller, former PC Magazine editor-in-chief, discussed and demonstrated Google Glass, a wearable computer that answers questions and displays information on a tiny screen above your eye, October 12, 2013.

Photo credit Phyllis Groner.

You may need: Adobe Flash Player.

Google-Glass-10-12-13.mp3


Inventor's Series: Patent and Trademark Resource Center Services

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USPTOAmy Jansen and Robert Berry will provide an overview of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Services available at Sacred Heart University's Library. Patents and trademarks are important forms of intellectual property for all sectors of the economy, including small businesses and individual entrepreneurs. Jansen and Berry received training from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and can help locate and use USPTO resources, including how to conduct a preliminary patent or trademark search.

amy jansenAmy Jansen is the Business & Web Experience Librarian at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT. She has an M.A. in Women's & Gender Studies from the University of Cincinnati and an MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She serves as a liaison to the Welch College of Business at SHU and oversees the user end of their web and electronic services.

Robert Berry is a Research Librarian and Representative for the United States Patent and Trademark Office's PTRC program at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT. He has an M.A. in robert berryPolitical Science from the New School for Social Research, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. He worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for New York City and combines his interest in law, libraries and government policy with the PTRC program.

McManus Room
Maker Movement, Career

Russians Visit MakerSpace: slideshow

October 20, 2013

A contingent of 17 Russian librarians led by Ksenia Volkova of the Russian National Public Library for Science in Technology in Moscow visited the Westport Library’s MakerSpace to learn about American libraries that have implemented innovative programs.  They first visited with representatives of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and stopped in Westport on their way to the Harvard University libraries. Watch this short slideshow:

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