Book Sale
 April 24-27

Dec 182013


January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3
6 to 8 p.m. – Menomonie Public Library Meeting Room

Registration is now open.

Get introduced to the tools necessary to use the amazing “maker space” on the UW-Stout campus.  In this class you will learn the design tools necessary for using 3D printers and the FAB LAB equipment.  The course is intended to familiarize the student to 2D and 3D modeling and digital design.  Participants will receive “hands on” training in a lab type setting and gain an understanding of orthographic projections, pictorial drawings, and revolutions.  Using Google SketchUp Make (free download at Google), participants will develop a basic understanding of a CAD system and the techniques that are essential for real world prototyping and fabrication.   Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop and to gain access to Google SketchUp Make software prior to the first class.  This class is a prerequisite for Introduction to FAB LAB Equipment andHow to Make Almost Anything which will be held in 2014.  Class is limited to 12 participants, so sign up soon.  This class is sponsored and supported by the Menomonie Public Library. 

 The Discovery Center FAB LAB is a global network of labs for creative and innovative people to design, prototype and build things.  The FAB LAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design (CAD) and desktop manufacturing technologies (laser engraver, 3D printer, mini-mill, vinyl cutter, CNC router), to help bring your ideas to life.  The Introduction to Design for Digital Fabrication is first in a series of classes introducing community members to digital design and fabrication.  

Instructor:  Kevin Dietsche
B.S. Technology Education, M.S. Career and Technical Education (current).  Fab Lab Instructor

Related courses taught include Intro to Drafting and Design, Architectural Drafting, Mechanical Drafting/Design and Engineering Design.  Kevin was a Tech Ed teacher in Antigo, WI, for a number of years and is currently completing a masters at UW-Stout and is teaching in the FAB LAB.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and farming. 

For more information, call 715-232-2793.

Register Online Here


Dec 052013

National Book Awards
2013 National Book Award Winners announced.  


Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

Dec 032013

Digital Inclusion 

New initiative from OCLC’s WebJunction on why broadband access is important to communities and people.  Please share.  The Internet Is Important To Everyone aims to bring attention to the impact broadband has on our lives, our health, our government, our jobs, and our education while considering who among us does not use the internet and who does not have home broadband access. The infographic explains why Americans are not using the internet or purchasing home internet service and offers actions our communities can take. 

We welcome everyone to share this infographic, particularly with community leaders working on economic development, workforce, civic engagement, education and health. WebJunction created the infographic in partnership with the International City/County Management Association, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and TechSoup Global.

If you would like to learn more about digital inclusion visit