Technology Zoo – Printers and Vinyl and Robots – OH MY!

We’re launching our Creators’ Community with a Technology Zoo!

Creators' Community with 3 DsCreator’s Community is waiting for you to Devise, Design, and Discover with an all-day, hands-on open-house on the main level with new technology and library services. Live demonstrations will help YOU be a “Tinker Thinker” at ANY age! Visit three or more demonstrations to fill up your Passport to Prizes for chance to win a Kobo Touch!

CatalogueNew Online Catalogue – Demonstrations from 9 to 10 AM and 1:30 to 2:30 PM, Rotary Lounge, Main Level

Harness the full power of the library! Our online catalogue is changing in June – we are excited to offer an updated look and feel, as well as improved search functions.
Some things remain the same:

  • You can place holds on items
  • You can renew items online

Some things are improved:

  • Clearer search results
  • Easy facets to limit results by genre, format, or author

Some things are no longer available:

  • No advanced search
  • No “lists”

If you have questions or comments about our new online catalogue, the staff are here to help!

3D Printer3D Printers – Demonstrations from 9 to 10 AM and 1:30 to 2:30 PM, Creators’ Community (near Adult Non-fiction) , Main Level

We are so excited to be launching our new 3D printing service! Two “Cube” 3D printers will be a available for public use at all times in our Creators’ Community space on the main level. Be among the first to know how to design for 3D print, use them and see them in action! 3D printers are all the rage, but what does it mean for YOU? Find out at our live demo where we’ll teach you how to set up the printer, use the basic provided software, and how to unleash the awesome power of 3D printing! Printing costs are the bare minimum: 0.10 per gram. Not interested in creating your own design, but still interested? We will have demonstrations to let you watch the 3D printer in action!

DatabasesOnline Databases – Demonstrations from 10 to 11 AM and 2:30 to 3:30 PM, Rotary Lounge, Main Level

The library has so many online databases for cardholders to use – but there are a few that are new this year! We now subscribe to Gale Courses (for online education), Consumer Reports (for product recommendations and reviews) and Britannica online (for research at any age). GALE Courses offers hundreds of free online courses for professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. We’ll show you how to search the course catalogue and sign up for these fun and interactive courses. Thinking of buying a new car, vacuum, or bacon? Consumer Reports  offers complete access to rating information from the Consumer Reports Magazine, Buying Guides, and more. Results of product testing are made available by the Consumers Union, an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. We’ll show you how to navigate this database, and get the answers you need to help you make the best purchase decision. Britannica Library is the primary source for research – from elementary students to college students, from business professionals to curious seniors. Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Public Library Edition covers it all.

AncestryAncestry Library Edition & Microfilm Reader – Demonstrations from 10 to 11 AM and 2:30 to 3:30 PM, Local History, Second Level
Are you interested in doing some genealogical research? Our online database is an excellent place to start! Ancestry is easy to use, and has lots of full-text documents. Aren’t sure how to use it? Our knowledgeable staff can help get you going!

Did you know that St. Thomas Public Library has copies of old editions of the St. Thomas Times Journal on microfilm? We do! For example, you can read the newspaper from St. Thomas on the day the Titanic sunk. Both nifty and bone-chilling. It is easier than ever to take a look at old copies of the paper, using our microfilm readers! If you have never used a microfilm reader, now is your chance to get some hands-on training and practice using the machines, from our Local History experts!

ebookseBooks – Demonstrations from 11 AM to Noon and 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Rotary Lounge, Main Level
No late fees. No returning books. All of the books with none of the weight. eBooks and eAudiobooks are amazing. With access to over 50,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks, it’s no wonder our Overdrive Download Centre service is so popular!  Whether you have an iPad, Android tablet, or dedicated eReader, we have books for you! Our knowledgeable staff will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have, or walk you through the process of checking out an eBook, among other services offered by OverDrive digital service. Never used Overdrive Download Centre before? Give it a quick look-over before you get the full demonstration.

Vinyl CutterVinyl Cutter – Demonstrations from 11 AM to Noon and 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Creators’ Community (near Adult Non-fiction) , Main Level
Our vinyl cutter is a brand-new tool that the library is trying out! Do you have a small business and need some vinyl signs? Are you interested in using vinyl to decorate your home or garage? Would you like to create a custom bumper sticker for your car? Come on in and try out our vinyl cutter; costs of cutting are low at only five cents per square inch! We offer a variety of colours to use and the vinyl cutter is available during regular library customers on the main level in our new Creators’ Community space on the main level.

Lego RoboticsLego Mindstorm Robotics – Demonstrations from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, Magazine area (near Adult Non-fiction) , Main Level
Lego Mindstorm Robotics has been a staple program in our Children’s and Teens’ Department for a few years now – we thought it was time for them to shine and let people over the age of 12 see them in action! Come and watch the Robotics Team at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School put on a demonstration of Lego Mindstorm Robotics – who knows, you may discover a brand-new hobby! You won’t BELIEVE what these little Lego robots can do, and the St. Joe’s team is very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and absolutely brilliant!

MinecraftMinecraft Available to play all day, every day!
Did you know that the Library maintains its very own Minecraft server? Using a Minecraft EDU license, library card holders can log-in from any of the Children’s and Teens’ Department computers to access our Minecraft server. We change up the world every month, so there is always something new to discover!

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