Tech Hub

Lego MindstormWelcome to the Tech Hub at Central Library!

We provide hands-on access to technology to encourage exploration and innovation in our community. By having technological know-how, our citizens can compete globally, leading to a better quality of life.

Windsor Public Library is proud to play a leadership role in advocating for and providing equitable access to technology and digital information to bridge the digital divide. The Tech Hub is a place where people are connected with tools to express their creativity and desire to learn.

Watch our video about the Tech Hub!

Winter 2018 Hours

Tuesdays 5-7
Wednesdays 3-5
Thursdays 5-7
Saturdays 2-4:30

If you can’t make it to our Check the Tech times listed above, call us at 519-255-6770 ext. 4439 to book your time in the Hub.

Equipment and Resources


– LEARNING STATIONS –

► Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. It’s a great way for beginners of all ages to learn about coding.

► Lego Mindstorm series of kits contain software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots. Build them, program them, race them!LittleBits

► LittleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower you to invent anything, from a remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, wiring or programming needed.

► Makey Makey is an electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB Olliecable. Learning electronics is easy and fun.  We turn bagels, flowers and even people into pianos.

► Sphero and Ollie are app-enabled robots that do it all. Intelligent and well-rounded, Sphero lets you play, learn, and explore.

– CREATION STATIONS –

► GarageBand Electronic Music: a music creation studio with sound library, instruments and voice. We offer a keyboard, bass, guitar, microphones and even a drum set.

► Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutter: Want to cut paper for cards? Vinyl decals for your walls or vehicles?  Come and learn what the Cameo can do for you.Maker Bot

► 3D Printers: we have 3D printers for the public to use.  We print in PLA plastic, and we charge 50 cents/half-hour of printing. Check out our 3D Printing FAQ sheet.

3D Printing also available at:

Forest Glade
Seminole
Bridgeview
Chisholm 

Contact branches for details, or email 3dprinting@windsorpubliclibrary.com

► Go Pro and Olympus Cameras: used for action and extreme action photography. We also have computers with video editing software so you can create your own video.

► Intuos Tablet: Wish you could draw right into the computer?  Now you can! The Intuos table lets you sketch in Photoshop, Silhouette and many other design programs.

8 Responses to "Tech Hub"

  1. Amr says:

    Hi Sue,
    I was looking for a 3d printer certification program similar to the one provided by Toronto Public Library. Is it available ? if yes Could you please send me its schedule.
    Thanks

    • Sue says:

      Hello Amr,

      We don’t require the certification program that TPL does, as staff here are the actual operators of the machine. We do run workshops on 3D design throughout the year, so watch the program guides for courses that match your interests.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  2. Bruce Clarke says:

    Hi Sue, I am interested in having some items 3D printed at the Bridgeview branch. Are there certain times of the day someone is available to speak with about it or can I just stop in during regular hours and discuss. Thanks, Bruce

    • Sue says:

      You can always phone the branch or stop in to discuss your project during open hours, although printing may not be available immediately.

  3. Miguel says:

    Hi Sue,
    I am looking for the link to send my stl files for 3d printing but can’t find it.
    can I send the files to your email address (on the message above)

    Thanks,

  4. Martin Utrosa says:

    Hello,
    I am very interested in learning how to use some of the equipment and resources that the WPL Tech Hub has. I know that there are special times when there are events at the Tech Hub, but I was wondering if it is possible to use the equipment and resources during regular library hours. Thank you.

    • Sue says:

      Hi Martin,
      In addition to programs focusing on specific equipment in the Hub, we also have times through the week when you can drop in and explore. Each Wednesday morning from 10-12 and Thursday evening from 5-7, the Hub is open. Outside of these times, you can always book the space by emailing sperry@windsorpubliclibrary.com or phoning 519-255-6770, ext 4603. Hope to see you soon! Sue

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