Friday, July 26, 2013

Activities covered in our snazzy new brochure:

Check out our brochure to be handed out to all patrons:   
[PDF format]

Adult Events:

Apps & Your Smartphone:   Bring your smartphone and your questions to informal sessions about smartphones and apps.

 Got Mail?  Learn how to join groups, manage photos, use a shared calendar and other advanced email functions.

 Jewelry Making:  Create one of a kind necklaces using beautiful beads, local shells, and old buttons.

 Knitting Night:  If you need help seaming a sweater, would like to learn how to turn a cable, or just want to learn to knit - join us! If you already knit, are you swatching and measuring your gauge? Do you know which decrease/increase to use? This will be a fun night of social knitting with help available for beginners and intermediates. is up and running on the Makerspace computer on the upper level of the library.  Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Sign up, up to one week in advance at the Reference Desk.

Puzzling Thursdays:  Challenge yourself with mind stretching puzzles of all types: crosswords, jigsaws, logic and more.

Writer’s Conferences for Adults:  Got writer’s block? Writer’s conferences offer opportunities to meet with other writers to share information and fun. Meetings will include writing exercises and games. Whatever you write - poetry, prose, memoirs, journal entries, etc. -- there will be something here for you to enjoy.

Teen Events:

Knitwits:  All young adults are welcome to drop in on a session of knitting and gabbing.

The PHILS DIY Club:  Middle School students explore how things work, take things apart and put them together in new ways. Some electronics projects involved. 

Teen Writers Club: We meet weekly to write, use prompts and exercises from the book “Writing Magic” by Gail Levine, and share what we are working on IF we wish. 

Children's Events:

 DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Events:  Learn how to make duct tape creations, experiment with circuits, or create photography. Explore architecture with Legos and Keva blocks.  Projects will be exploring various (STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) ideas with a different theme each month. 


Want to learn a new skill or hobby at your own pace? 

Watch for these exciting kits coming soon to checkout at the library…

 Birdwatching: The binoculars and guidebooks included in this kit will help you  find and identify those mysterious birds you see on vacation or here at home. Includes “Bird Watching for Dummies” and “National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Birds”.

What is Makerspace?

  • A place to spur innovation and artistic expression through hands-on experiences.
  • A place to collaborate with the community to explore talents, skills,  and expertise.
  • A place to build technology confidence and integrate technologies into our services, spaces, and processes.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Puzzling Thursdays coming soon!

All this talk about Makerspace is really so exciting, isn’t it? While much of the focus is on technology there will be many Makerspace events and happenings that have nothing to do with computers or gadgets and the like. One of those happenings will be Puzzling Thursdays. Born of our patrons’ love for the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle, the Duxbury Free Llibrary will be celebrating puzzles of all kinds on each Thursday in August. If it is a success we will continue into the fall. What to look forward to? We have a 42 ½ square foot crossword puzzle that will be hung on the wall (in sections) in the periodical room. Clue sheets and pencils will be provided.  We will also have various Sudoku, Kenken, logic, and word puzzles available. For those of you who like more tactile puzzles there will be a jigsaw puzzle, also in the periodical room, and rubic’s cubes, magic links, etc. are on our wish list. Please join us for the day, an hour, or even just a few minutes. This recurring event will be on Thursdays, all day, beginning August 8th.

Maker Camp 2013: Fun and Games with Unbored!

Here a great book that's mentioned on this video:  Unbored by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Podcasting to spread the Makerspace gospel...!

We have a podcast blog for which we have highlighted the Makerspace initiative this week:

Please subscribe to us on your Feedly or whatever Readers you use....
If you download podcasts from itunes, you can find us as a subscription podcast in their catalog.
Search either Duxbury Free Library or Difflepresents. We've got 4 podcasts in the itunes catalog but plan to increase that number substantially in the weeks to come.

There is SO much going on these days.
Many initiatives to discuss and lots of people to interview and gain wisdom from!

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer
Learning about Bees from Mr. Krebs by Alice Flanagan
Arduino for Dummies by John Nussey
Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today's Complex World by David Lankes

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Be a place where community members can learn from each other.

The library can be a place where people passionate about their hobbies can share their love for things like knitting, chicken-raising, bee-keeping, coupon-cutting, photography, music, writing, electronic gadgets, fishing, travel...

You name it, there's probably a community member doing it with knowledge, passion, and an interest in sharing their hobbies with others. Why does it have to be a big deal, an expensive commitment, a risky new challenge?  Why can't it be neighbors teaching neighbors and sharing their experience and passion about a life style choice?

Listen, ask, dig under the surface for the expertise and commitment needed for great programming. Set up a regular schedule, provide space, equipment, staff support and good media advertising and your library will become the go-to place for information and support.

The best teachers are people who are passionate about the subject - who are doing it for love.  Set up some practice sessions so you can help your patrons hone their presentation skills, support them in sharing their love for their subject and you've got a ready-made stable of experts who will draw crowds to their sessions.

Something as prosaic as how to be effective in using coupons, freebies, and discounts can be a popular topic for a program.

How do you go about choosing colors for a room?

How do you start a home business?

How do you go about self-publishing?

These are the kinds of questions that your community may be rich with expertise and yet hungry for the discussion.