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3D Printer in Motion

Thanks to our partnership with Pipestone Area Schools and Mr. D, we have a new 3D printer at Meinders Library.

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Our very first print in action!

Thanks to State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant, we also have three library pets. Our tiniest robots are solar powered and are in much need of names. Our frilled lizard, Joanna, responds to her environment through artificial intelligence, though it took the intelligence of PAS students, Lucas Winter and Carson Wipf to build them for us!

Library Pet Robots

Stop in any time during open hours and see our printer in motion as we gear up for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday.

Visit us on May 19 between 10am and 2pm to put your suggested names into a drawing for our tiny warthog and cricket robots.

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The Evolution of an Idea: Full STEAM Ahead

One year ago, we had the great idea to re-purpose our back room as a maker space where patrons could come to tinker. During our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event, our STEAM Room looked something like this:

Steam Room 2017 in Use

Full STEAM Ahead was a hit. People of all ages loved trying new things such as spinning yarn, using the cricut machine, coding our ozobots and stamping cards in the STEAM Room.

In fact, it ignited a community movement and this happened:

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Thanks to the wonderful support of countless people across the nation, Meinders Community Library won a $25,000 grant to expand our STEAM Room and our offerings to include more technology and more tinkering.

So, we got busy. We painted, we ordered storage furniture, we put together robots, and we organized, transforming our old work space into a functional maker space.

We invite you to join us at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-2pm for our second annual Full STEAM Ahead. You will have the opportunity to drop by for the day or a few hours and enjoy over 30 different tinkering stations that hit all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

If not, you may forever be stuck with this image in your head–our disorganized maker space mess that’s stuck halfway between a good idea and the realization of that dream.

Steam Room mess

Come tinker in our super organized STEAM Room and see for yourself what a community can do in such a short time.

 

 

 

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Gear Up for Full STEAM Ahead

Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts + Math = a day of fun for all ages and interests!

Full Steam Ahead 2018

Join us at Meinders Community Library for our Second Annual Full STEAM Ahead and our STEAM Room Open House.

Spend an hour or the day at the library tinkering, making, creating and exploring the world around you.

Thanks to our State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, we were able to stock our STEAM Room with some cool new gadgets that make learning fun. Participants will visit stations and engage in hands-on activities during their time at the library. A few projects follow a make-it take-it format, while others are experiential. Everyone will go home with new knowledge, new memories, and possibly a new hobby!

  • 10:30am: STEAM Story time (toddlers through early elementary)
  • 11:00am until the food is gone: hot dogs, chips, and a drink.
  • 10am-2pm: Summer Read Program sign up.

Full STEAM Ahead is free and open to the public–no library card needed to join the festivities. Come alone, come with a friend, or bring the whole family. We have something for youngsters as well as for those still young at heart.

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Code Jack the mouse to run the maze and find his cheese.

A big shout-out goes to State Farm for the wonderful grant of $25,000, as well as to all our community members who shared and voted for us last year (or coerced family and friends to vote). This maker space and all the goodies within it would not be possible without you.

Another huge thanks goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who rallied the troops (and the food) to make this event awesome. Our Friends group is always looking for more members to support our library and our community’s literacy. If you are passionate about either of those things, your time and talents could be put to good use!

Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods and Pepsi deserve our gratitude for their generosity in donating lunch. Our community is lucky to have you!

If our iPads come in on time, everyone will be thanking the Pipestone Area Community Foundation. In December we received a grant from them for $5,000 to go towards a digital maker space. These iPads will allow for more flexible programming and greater digital opportunities for our community members.

Please share this event widely with everyone who has a kid, knows a kid, or was a kid.

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Etched in Stone with Liz Rackl

Diamonds are brilliant, but no where near as dazzling as the beautiful designs they cut into granite.

Liz Rackl

Join us at Meinders Community Library as we welcome local artist Liz Rackl and her beautiful granite etchings.

At 6:30pm on Monday, April 9, Liz will share her artistic journey and demonstrate how granite can become a canvas. Aided by a diamond cutter and an intense love of nature, Liz has used her Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council Legacy Grant to open up a whole new world of creative expression and art appreciation.

If you love beautiful things, want to explore a new craft, or are simply interested in the unique and talented individuals in Southwestern Minnesota, please stop by the library for this one-of-a-kind program.

 

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Antique Appraisal at Meinders

10:00am to 1:00pm Saturday, March 24

Appraiser and Antiques Expert, Mark Moran, will be assessing community treasures at Meinders Library this Saturday. While all our slots have been filled, spectators are welcome to drop in or stay for the entire program.

We have some wonderful and intriguing items for Mark to appraise, ranging from wooden golf clubs to a spittoon to an invitation to a president’s inauguration, and everything in between.

Though there has been some concern about the weather on Saturday, the latest report indicates that Mother Nature might give us a pass on her latest storm. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will post cancellation information on our blog and facebook page, as well as contacting the radio and newspaper. Individuals may also call the library for details.

This program is sponsored by the Plum Creek Library System through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage foundation, and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

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