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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Saint Paul Public Library Fuels Creation and DIY Learning

Saint Paul Public Library is increasingly a place for content creation, not just content consumption. Join in with Maker Break programs for kids, Createch for teens, and online do-it-yourself (DIY) learning resources.
 Maker Break programs will get kids busy making things at the library over spring break. Kids will make duct tape wallets, Lego structures, mini books, and kaleidoscopes. Activities are sure to be fun, and they will encourage kids to think and learn in new ways. Find events in the library calendar by searching “maker break.”

 To celebrate Teen Technology Week, the library offers Createch programs in March with sound art duo Beatrix*JAR. They'll be working with teens at Rondo and Rice Street libraries to create and perform their own experimental music.

You know your library card connects you to books and online databases. Your card also provides access to online services to jump-start your DIY learning. 

Treehouse is an online platform that teaches you how to build websites and mobile apps, create programs, and start a small business. A Treehouse subscription would normally cost hundreds of dollars, but with a library card you have free, unlimited access. 

Other free digital resources include Learning Express Library, with tools to help you do better in school, plan your career, work towards citizenship, and more. Transparent Language Online offers learning in 80 languages. Start creating and learning today.

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