Last Stop for Summer!

The summer reading program has come to a close as we get ready for a new school year. Thanks to all who participated in a summer of reading and discovery! We hope you enjoyed reading books, earning prizes, and trying out new activities, from Robot Club to K’Nex creations, button and map-making, story times and scavenger hunts. Be sure to check out the August calendar for what’s happening next at the Curve!

In celebration of this year’s SRP theme, “Read in any Language,” we invited you to pin your favorite places on our giant map in the Curve. Check out the progress of pins from the start of summer to the end!

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(Check out our Facebook photo album to see the rest of our summer decorations, inspired by global discovery and reading around the world).

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August @ the Learning Curve!

Check out what’s happening this month at the Curve!

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Story Time with the Pacers!

This morning, Pacers crew members visited the Learning Curve! Little fans listened to stories read by the Pacemates, then played games to win prizes and Pacers gear! Our special guest, Boomer (the Pacers’ mascot), loved his visit to the library. Check out the slideshow below!

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Story Time: Let’s Go Exploring!

This morning’s story time was quite an adventure as we pretended to go exploring. We even went on a bear hunt (the bear invited us to stay in his cave for tea). We talked about how maps help us find where to go, and we read stories about different adventures. For our take-home craft, we made our own maps and customized with crayons, stickers, glue, and paper map markers… X marks the spot!

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3-D Printing Workshop, Demo & Wild Times Exhibit!

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Interested in how 3-D printing actually works? Stop by Central Library on Wednesday, July 23rd to observe a workshop and demonstration by 3D Parts Manufacturing, LLC, beginning at 10:30am in the Learning Curve Arena. Anyone is welcome to observe the workshop, designed for educators, or the 3-D printing demonstration, open to the public.

Also on the west end of the Curve, check out “Wild Times,” a new exhibit sponsored by Creative Capital and others, featuring information and visuals that show the hike artist Susan Robb is taking on the Pacific Crest Trail. As she hikes, she is choosing rocks along the way and sending 3D design files to us so that they can be printed in 3D. They will then be attached to the Pacific Crest Trail map in the exhibit and displayed on the window ledge. A display of related books, bookmarks, activity ideas, and additional information will all be part of the exhibit.

The artist’s press releases share more of the story behind the exhibit:

“As our culture increasingly pressures us to maintain a personal “brand,” be in constant contact, and snapchat every moment, maybe it’s not just our geographic wild spaces that are endangered, but our internal wild spaces as well. Artist Susan Robb’s Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.

Beginning in mid-April 2014, Robb will embark on a 5-month adventure from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio, and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she will create digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files…At its core, Wild Times is a proposition to YOU to seek out and explore your own wildness. To aid this process, Robb has developed satellite events and programming. The project website features “Hack Your Wild” instructions for creative action, the results of which can be posted and shared.”

The 3D workshop and demonstration hosted by the Learning Curve will kick off the Wild Times exhibit of 3D printed rocks Susan has collected on the trail. Please join us!

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Robot Dance!

NXT robots show off their moves at Robot Club!

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K’Nex Creations

More fun with K’Nex in the Curve!

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Make a Map!

To go along with our global summer reading theme, maps are a big part of finding your way around new places. Many books include maps at the front of the book to show readers the world in which they are about to have an adventure. One new activity at the Curve this summer is to make your own map, starting with a template from maps.stamen.com to print and customize using markers, crayons, stickers, paper, scissors, glue, and of course, a good imagination. What kind of place would be found on your map? Check out a few ideas below, along with some picture examples of maps that were created by Curve patrons:

Map ideas:

–a pirate’s treasure map (X marks the spot!)

–your own backyard

–a secret clubhouse

–a fantasy world or magical land

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Story Time: Let’s Make Music!

This morning’s musical story time included sing-along songs with Mr. Landon and his guitar, music-making with various instruments, stories about music, and listening to classical music mentioned in one of the books we read. We also colored pictures of different musical instruments. Join us Friday mornings at 11am in the Learning Curve for interactive themed story times geared towards little learners and their caregivers!

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