Jesse Adams has been the Digital Services Coordinator of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library for three years, and in that time he has brought some serious fun. That fun includes 3D printing, robots, and even a VR headset.
“Our Makers Club meets twice a month and we bring out a set of science, technology, engineering, and math activities. It’s an all-ages crowd, tweens and teens,” Adams explained, “We do 3D printing. Participants can get a basic view of Computer Aided Drafting. We build circuits, robots, [and have] laptops for coding.”
At the Makers Club, kids get to create, which gets them engaged. “We’re in the anything goes sort of making.” That includes a craft component as well. “Our crafting could be a light up bracelet to binary beads. It’s really great to have such an accessible craft that kids can start up and make something, so they have something they can walk away with.”
One of their most popular activities is their Sony Vive VR headset. Right now kids can experience the technology through games, but the goal is to “get kids to start thinking what they could do with this technology,” Adams explained.
The activities are drop-in, so no need to sign up in advance. The Makers Club has one last meeting on May 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. before they break for the summer, then return in the fall.
The library has something for adults too—their Adult Digital Literacy class, “Understanding and Participating in the Web.” The class runs through the end of June, and anyone is welcome to attend—no prior experience is needed.
The course covers a variety of topics to help those who aren’t the most tech savvy become more comfortable using the World Wide Web. The next session is Thursday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Meeting Room in the library.
Feeling like enjoying the return of nice weather? Saturday June 9 is the 5K Bookin’ It Fun Run through Avery Park and along the riverfront. There is also a 1 mile family fun run for your wee ones. Registration is free, just head over to cbcpubliclibrary.net to register, or to find out more about any of the programs mentioned above.
By Ashley Rammelsberg