Makerspace at Ponoka Jubilee Library

Computer design program makes a return to Ponoka library

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends. Just a reminder that we are closing early tomorrow at 2 p.m. for New Year’s Eve. We hope everyone has a great time, but please remember to behave responsibly, and please don’t drink and drive.

We realized that in our article last week, we missed out on one more event that is happening here at the library in January. On January 28, from 3:30 5 p.m. we will have ‘Makerspace at the Library’. We’ve tried this out a couple of times so far, but we haven’t really had many people come take part, which is too bad, because the items we have here are really cool. The Intuous tablets are great for the artistic types; you hook it up to a computer and whatever you draw on the tablet appears on your screen. Or for someone who is little more techy, there are the Kano kits, you can start with the pre-built one and play games or even write computer code with it, or build your own kit from scratch. The LittleBits kits are really neat, they are exactly what they sound like, little bits of computer pieces that come together to create a Mars Rover using plans made in collaboration with NASA, or to make a synthesizer on which you can play your own music. So if you are interested in using really cool technology to create amazing things in our Makerspace, come on down and check it out. The Makerspace program runs regularly on the last Thursday of every month, and is limited to children ages 12 or older, only because some of these items can be quite fragile. Come explore your creativity using technology, and maybe even teach the librarians a thing or two.

We want to thank everyone who applied to join our Library Board. It means so much to us to know that there are members of the community who are willing to volunteer their time to help set the library up for the future. We are always striving to make the library a community hub; a place that is relevant for everyone. We want to get as many people as possible involved in that planning, and our new board members will be a great addition to help make that happen. If you were interested in applying for the board position, but felt you just didn’t have enough time to give, perhaps you would be interested in joining our Friends of the Library instead. This group gets together about four times every year to help plan fundraisers for the library, and is always looking for fresh innovative ideas. If you are interested in joining the Friends, please contact the library at 403-783-3843 or jberry@prl.ab.ca.

Coming soon: From one of the world’s most popular and prolific authors, Danielle Steel, comes ‘Precious Gifts’, a deeply moving exploration of the rich territory of loss, inheritance and reawakening.