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T.E.C.H. Lab - Teen Education & Creation Hub

 Teen Education Creation HubThe Teen Education & Creation Hub (TECH) Lab is located on the Library's second floor in the Integra Learning Lab and is a space where teens can hang out, explore, design, and create fun projects in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The TECH Lab is equipped with a wide assortment of technology, equipment and software, including PCs, Macs, iPads, cameras, a green screen, a sound booth, drawing tablets, games, art supplies, and more!. Teens ages 13-18 are invited to come and check out this exciting, teen-only space!

Are you participating in the "Salute Your Shorts" film workshop? The TECH Lab has equipment that can be borrowed when working on this film project.  Parents or guardians must sign for the equipment and approval is given by the Library.  Please complete the Equipment Lending Agreement and return to the TECH Lab on the 2nd floor.

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Hours

Summer Hours begin June 9
Tuesday - Friday: 1 - 5:30pm
Alternating Saturdays: 10am-12pm, 1- 4:30pm (closed for lunch)

August Saturday schedule:
Closed Saturday, August 1st for End of Summer Reading Block Party in Community room.
Closed Saturday, August 8 & 22. 
Open Saturday, August 15. 


Schedule 

Board at the Library - Every Friday 3-6 pm :  
Every Friday afternoon is Game Day in the TECH Lab!  Stop by to play a fun, quick board game, or stay the whole time and  dig in to a long strategy game.  Come in and learn how to play classic card games like cribbage or test your tactics with a game of chess.  Bring your friends and play all afternoon!  Don’t want to play a game? Just come in and explore the TECH Lab. There’s lots to do and even more to learn.   


Graphic for the MisKnits knitting groupThe MisKnits - New Weekly Fiber Arts Group, Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm
Drop by the TECH Lab on Wednesday afternoons, and learn how to knit and crochet! Bring your own projects or use our supplies. All levels of experience welcome.












Image of comedy mask Intro to Improv - Thurs. August 6, 3:30-5 pm
 Come to the TECH Lab to learn the basics of improvisational comedy and perform a scene! *Call 657-8258 to register.*

 











logo for Magic City Shorts Film Festival Salute Your Shorts: A TECH Lab Short Film Workshop Series

 The Magic City Shorts Film Festival is looking for student film submissions, and the TECH Lab wants to help! Come to the three-part series, and learn how to write a script, direct your film, and edit the finished product! For more information on submissions, check out the website. *Sign up for the workshops by calling 657-8258.*

 August 5, 3-5 pm: Screenwriting
 August 12, 3-5 pm: Shooting
 August 19, 3-5 pm: Editing




Blowing Off Some S.T.E.A.M.
 Week of Making: the SEQUEL


Image of bison and Old Faithful

A week so nice, we're doing it twice! No registration necessary; just drop by between 2-4 pm all week!

Tues. Aug. 11 - Science: Take a selfie using a bowl of water and make music with bananas!
Wed. Aug. 12 - Technology: Brighten up your wardrobe with LEDs and conductive thread, or make felt monsters!
Thurs. Aug. 13 - Engineering: Drones, drones, drones! Also, 3D design and K'nex.
Fri. Aug. 14 - Arts: The art of gaming. Design your own board, video, or card game, and test it out!
Sat. Aug. 15 - Math Music: Saturday means it's time for a LIP SYNC OFF! Come with your favorite song in hand, and battle for the title of TECH Lab Lip Sync Champion! (And other prizes.)



Teen Advisory Group

Teens who are 13 to 19 years of age can apply to be part of our Teen Advisory Group - The TAG.  The TAG advises the library about programs for teens, helps promote services and volunteers at the library. Apply today. 


Thank You Mentors!

We are done with Focus Days until September. Enjoy the summer workshops and come in for regular open hours. Many thanks to last year's mentors, you did a great job! 


Photo of 2014-2015 Mentors



Special Thanks

WYO-Ben Logo

Wyo-Ben, a Bentonite clay manufacturing company in Billings, recently made a very generous donation to the Teen Technology, Education, and Creation Hub. The T.E.C.H. Lab is able to thrive only because of donations such as these. Thank you Wyo-Ben!




Do you have a suggestion for a workshop or new technology?  Let us know. 

Submit an application to be an instructor in the TECH Lab.

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