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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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Posted in Events and Presentations, PAFL, Programs, STEAM Room

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.

Mouse Maze
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.

 

Posted in Meinders Happenings, Programs

Cured: Cabin Fever Reliever

A few groups have yet to lock themselves into the Meinders Library escape room, but many staunch Midwestern souls have already braved the winter blues and busted free from their Cabin Fever.

The countdown begins…

Just Over An Hour…

JUST UNDER AN HOUR…

R12
Third Place: R12 cured their blues in 58 minutes!

Tied for 1st at 54 Minutes…

The Paige Turners (Gavin and Jessica Winter, Paige Ahrendt, Keri Prins, Jill Boucher, Liz Winsel, and Janet Bush) and The Boys Club (unavailable for photo shoot, but if you’ve seen one Wacker boy, you’ve seen them all, plus Avery Wagner)!

Additional campers included students who worked twice as hard to finish cracking the codes within their limited class times:

  • 1/2 MassCom class: unlocked 7 of 10 locks and started communicating like rock stars toward the end.
  • 3 and 4 year French Students: unlocked 8 of 10, half of which were written in French! Ooh la la!
  • ELL Students, Teacher and Interpreter: 10 of 10 with added time, clues in several languages, and lots of fun.
  • Several classes yet to go through…

Thanks for all who played. We enjoy your time in the escape room as much as you do!

Until next time…

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Got Cabin Fever? We have the Cure!

Add your name to the list of Escape Room winners at Meinders Library this weekend.

Cabin Fever

No need to drive, we’ve brought the cabin to you!

Ten Locks

One Hour to Find the Cure

A few spots left…

  • Friday, January 12 @7:15pm                       Up to 8
  • Saturday, January 13 @5:30pm                  1-4 individuals
  • Saturday, January 13 @7:15pm                  1-4 individuals
  • Sunday, January 14 @3:45                           1-6 football widows (Go Vikings!)

Call Meinders at 825-6714 or stop by to reserve your time!

These spots go fast and are only open due to cancellations and creative rearranging.

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We Are Open All Week!

November 7: Meinders Library will be open all day despite the PAS MS/HS Virtual Learning Day to accommodate voting.

November 11: We will also be open on Veteran’s Day.

In fact, we have a program that day with Minnesota journalist and publisher, Adam Wahlberg, from Think Piece Publishing.

how to survive

Mr. Wahlberg will present a publisher’s perspective on the creation of our Community Read book. How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, is a nonfiction account of everyday people’s struggles to survive the curve balls life throws their way. Written by Minnesota author, Andy Steiner, many of the stories in this compilation come from our native state.

Please join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 11, for the culmination of our 2017 Community Read program.

legacy-logo~This program is brought to you by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation, as well as the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. As such, it is free and open to the public.~