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 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 oc.lc/digitalinclusion.

Jul 082013



Things are changing at the library, as many patrons already know. Since eBooks and eAudioBooks have made their way into the library catalog, many patrons are turning to the Information Desk for assistance with their electronic devices. From the tiny screens of smartphones on up to laptops, we do our best to guide patrons through the process of downloading, installing, and using the correct apps and programs to read or listen to electronic books. 

We love offering one-on-one assistance when we can, but oftentimes it’s difficult to devote the amount of time needed to fully assist a patron, which can be frustrating for both parties. Here are a few other ways patrons can get assistance with their electronic devices: 

“Getting to Know Your eReader” is a workshop that is part of our Beginning eReader Series. On Tuesday July 16th, we’re welcoming patrons to attend in order to learn about their eReaders and tablets. If you own an iPad, iPad Mini, or iPhone, please attend from 1:00-2:30. All other electronic devices, including Kindles, should be brought from 2:45-4:30pm. Please call ahead to reserve a spot and to have any questions answered: 715-232-2164 ext 10. 

“App-apalooza” is the final workshop in our Beginning eReader Series. On Friday July 19th from 10:00am to 12:00pm, patrons are welcome to attend a presentation all about apps. We will discuss what exactly “apps” are, which apps are the most popular and useful, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. Please call ahead to reserve a spot: 715-232-2164 ext 10. 

Throughout July, Menomonie Public Library is offering a weekly Hands-On Computer Lab. From 1:00-3:00pm on Tuesdays July 2nd and 16th and from 5:00-7:00pm on Mondays July 8th and 22nd, patrons can come in for one-on-one assistance with a volunteer technology expert. We encourage patrons to bring their own devices if possible, but we welcome the use of our computers, too. July is the last month for the Hands-On Computer Lab until further notice, so take advantage of this great opportunity while it’s still available! 

Finally, there are many excellent online guides for getting help with your smartphone, eReader, or tablet. Check out the Menomonie Public Library website (under the “Downloads” tab) to access some of these guides, or do a Google search. As always, feel free to stop by the Information Desk for assistance and we’ll do our best to help. 

Jun 112013

Michael Schiel

UW Stout student and Vista Volunteer Michael Schiel has been working with the library to Bridge the Digital Divide by offering weekly technology workshops at the library. He and other Vista Volunteers will be recognized in a ceremony tonight, June 11 at The Raw Deal starting at 5:30 p.m.  Michael is tech savvy and worked very well with our patrons.