Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Read & Learn

A clown entertains on the plaza outside the Silver Spring Library as children sign up for our Summer Read and Learn program.  Young Daniel Weaver signed up and received a great big popsicle from the Friends of the Library, who sponsored this special sign up event.  Children of all ages, teens, and adults can register for the Summer Read and Learn program online or at the library any time between June 1 and August 10.

Children earn badges while reading and doing other activities.  You can read and do the activities by yourself or with others.  Keep track of your progress with your online log. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Learning About the Chesapeake Bay

Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help Andrew Wilson explain about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Tessa Barbero wears a snail costume to help
Andrew Wilson explain
 about animals of the Chesapeake Bay
Andrew Wilson from Under the Sea, a marine education organization, recently presented a program at Silver Spring Library all about the Chesapeake Bay. We learned a lot about the Bay's ecosystem and the critters who call it home.

For instance, did you know that the bay is made up of brackish water, a mixture of fresh water and salt water?  Did you know that animals and plants interact to survive in the Bay ecosystem? Some animals have seen a steep decline in their populations.  For example, the number of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay today is only 1% to 2% of what it was when Jamestown was settled.

Hermit crab and other crabs in observation tank
Animals include a hermit crab (on the left)
 and its friends.
Mr. Wilson brought live crabs with him to show us:  a blue crab, a spider crab, a horseshoe crab, a mud crab, and a hermit crab.  He also brought oysters, toadfish, eel grass, and a whelk,  Children and adults had a great time observing them and even touching some.

The library has lots of books you can read to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and its animals.  You also might want to look them up on the library's Kids InfoBits site.

Friday, May 13, 2016

中文讀書會 Chinese Book Discussion

Participants at table discuss Daughter's Taiwan, Father's China by Chen Hao
The first meeting of our Chinese literature (written in Chinese) book group was a big success. Participants gathered to discuss Chen Hao's Daughter's Taiwan, Father's ChinaAt the end of the meeting, there was a special tour of our new library building and our world language collections.

Our second meeting is June 2 at 7:00 PM, when we will discuss Start from the Heart by Chen Yueqing.

Customers can visit the 3rd floor Customer Service Desk to check out copies while available.  

書名: 從心開始,每天清除心靈癌細胞

Friday, April 29, 2016

Asian American & Pacific Heritage Month Programs

中文讀書會 Chinese Book Discussion:

Group of books on endCome discuss Chinese literature (written in Chinese) at this new Silver Spring Library program.  The first meeting is Thursday evening, May 5 at 7:00 PM.  Participants will discuss Daughter's Taiwan, Father's China by Chen Hao.   Customers can visit the 3rd floor Customer Service Desk to check out copies while available.  At the end of the meeting, there will be a tour of our new library building and our world language collections.


書名: 女兒的台灣,父親的大陸 作者: 陳浩

Our second meeting is June 2, when we will discuss Start from the Heart by Chen Yueqing.

書名: 從心開始,每天清除心靈癌細胞

Silhouette of tai chi pose

Tai Chi Demonstration & Workshop:

Join us Saturday, May 14 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Tai Chi Master Chung-jen Chang, who has taught Tai Chi for more than 30 years, presents a program for ages 14 and up.  Master Chang has won Grand Championship titles and also consulted on the Pushing Hands movie directed by Ang Lee.  Master Chang will demonstrate the unique Chen Style Small Form and Big Form, Tai Chi push-hands, Tai Chi sword and Yang style Tai Chi.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

Digital Media Lab and 3-D Printing

MAC ComputerSilver Spring Library now has a Digital Media Lab.  What does that mean?  The Digital Media Lab is a creative and learning space with 7 MAC computers where customers can use advanced software to design, develop and innovate.  Computer coding? Yes.  Digital Photography? Yes. Animation?  Yes.  Web pages?  Yes.  And much more.  These aren't the computers you use just for email.  Come with your creativity.

Some of what's available:
  • Adobe Creative Suite includes InDesign (publishing software), Illustrator (graphics editor), and Photoshop (picture editing software)
  • Garage Band (helps create music and podcasts)
  • iMovie (video editing software)
  • Cura (3-D printing design software)
  • Xcode (coding software for Apple)
  • GitHub (coding software)
For individuals, lab computers are available on a first come, first served basis.  All Digital Media Lab users must be 14 or older, complete a user agreement, and have a valid library card in good standing. Teen volunteers are available most days after 3:00 PM to assist customers in the lab.

You might want to get ready to use the lab by taking some of the classes offered on Gale Courses which are available through MCPL.  Free courses in web design, digital photography, graphic design, and the Adobe Creative Suite are available. All you need is a library card.

Toy and light switch examples of 3-D printing

3-D Printing is the process of making a three-dimensional object from a digital design file. Successive layers of material are laid down until an object is complete.  Each layer is a thinly sliced cross-section of the object.  Customers must agree to the 3-D user agreement and submit a 3-D Printing request.  A $1.00 fee is charged for each file submitted along with a charge of 5 cents a gram for the filament used. The library uses Printrbot Plus printers with PLA (polylactic acid) filament, which is recyclable and biodegradable.