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November 2014

Lego & K'Nex Fun at Barbara Frum Branch

November 25, 2014 | Kate S. | Comments (0)

This fall Barbara Frum ran its first Lego & K'nex Challenge Club, where kids ages 6-12 built some amazing creations. We saw great buildings, spaceships, gardens and more! Each week we had a different challenge for everyone to complete. We also looked at books about architecture around the world, space exploration, bridges and Lego construction for building inspiration. See some of the incredible designs below:

Lego Set Up    Lego Table    Lego Creation                                                                                        
Lego Creation     Lego Creation    Lego Creation

Lego Creation    Lego Creation    Lego Creation

Lego Creation    Lego Creation    Lego Creation

Lego Creation    Lego Creation    Lego Creation

Lego House Inside    Lego House    Lego Racetrack

Lego Island Getaway    Lego Island    Lego Island Close-Up

Lego Museum    Lego Museum Close-Up    Lego Museum

Lego Spaceship     Lego Build-up     Lego Creation

Tower of Doom  Space Launcher   Lego 102   Lego 103

K'Nex Hammer  K'nex 

Here is one of our k'nex builds in action - add a motor and you get a food processor with turning beaters!


Bridge Challenge:

We challenged the kids to build bridges which resulted in some pretty creative and impressive structures:

Bridge   Bridge & Car

Lego Bridge   Lego Bridge

Lego Giraffe Bridge   Lego Giraffe Bridge

Rainbow Bridge    

Random Card Challenge:

For our last Lego Challenge session everyone picked a card from a pile and had to complete the challenge on the card. Check out the awesome designs below:

Cool Bedroom       Feast

Musical Instruments on a Stage       Rainbow and Cloud

Rainbow       Waves 

Lemonade Stand       Sand Castle

Garden       Cool Bedroom

Ice Cream Sundae       Ice cream Shop

The Lego challenge club was a great success! We will be holding another one starting in January 2015. Dates to be determined. Please check the website or call the branch for more details.

Youth Volunteers Needed at Amesbury Park Branch

November 23, 2014 | Miss Vicky | Comments (0)

Do you need to earn community service hours? Are you looking for fun and rewarding opportunities to volunteer your time? Why not volunteer for Amesbury Park's Youth Advisory Group! We are recruiting volunteers to be involved in the creation and development of teen services, programs, collections and more. You don't need to be an avid reader to volunteer with us, you just need to care about your community and helping the library.

If you are...

  • between 13-19 years old
  • available on Thursday evenings
  • can commit 1.5 hours a month to attend meetings

...then this group is for YOU!

The group meets on a monthly basis to plan and work on teen programs and services and provide valuable feedback on our collections and space. Here are some of the awesome benefits of membership:

  • develop leadership and civic engagement skills
  • influence and advise the library 
  • make a difference in your comnunity
  • meet new and interesting people....just like you!
  • gain experience to list on college, university, scholarship and employment applications 
  • earn community hours

If you are interested in joining, pick up an application form in the branch. Not sure if this is for you? Why not attend a meeting to find out more about the group! Contact the branch at 416-395-5420 for upcoming meeting dates. 

Make & Wonder at #MMFTO

November 13, 2014 | Loretta | Comments (0)

The Maker Movement is all the rage lately. Find out all about it at the third ever Toronto Mini Maker Faire, coming up soon on November 22-23 at its largest venue yet, the Toronto Reference Library.

According to the folks at Toronto Mini Maker Faire #MMFTO:

"Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers; they are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community."

"Toronto Mini Maker Faire is local celebration of makers and the things they make.  It's a two day festival held each year where makers gather to show off their creations to the public - with an emphasis on hands-on experiences for all.  Show & Tell happens at each exhibitor table, plus there are talks, workshops, lots of opportunities to get involved!"

Last week, I attended the launch party for #MMFTO and it was mind-blowing! We screen printed t-shirts, ate Vodka Sushi creations, went on the illuminated teeter-totter, and checked out the 3-D Maker Bots.

MMFTO launch party
#MMFTO Launch Party
Absolut's interactive installation
Absolut's interactive installation. By tweeting @AbsolutCanada with the colour of your choice (I picked green), the installation automatically changes to that colour.
Illuminated teeter-totter
The illuminated teeter-totter from the Pop-Up Playground which changes colour with speed.
Laser-cut lanterns
Laser-cut lanterns.

Read more about the launch party. And that was just the launch party. Seriously, get your free tickets now to the main event.

Also, check out Toronto Public Library's very own digital innovation hubs at the Toronto Reference Library and Fort York Branch, and the Digital Design & Technology blog for info on more maker programs offered by the library.

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