TechConnect: a Space to Make Stuff Happen

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For business or craft,
The tools you need to succeed!

techconnectCatawba County Library invites you to get “creatively messy” with free access to high-tech tools to design, build and co-create.

At the main library, you will hear the whirring of machines. It’s the sound of learning and comes from “TechConnect,” an environment for people to connect with others and create meaningful projects using technologies and tools that might not be easily accessible otherwise.

 

 

TechConnect has 4 high powered computers–2 iMacs and 2 Dells, a Fusion3 3D printer, aFusion3 Curio Silhouette Digital Cutter, GoPro cameras, and advanced engineering and design software to design and create.

Among the activities you can participate in are:

  • Classes on technology and tech tools
  • One-on-one sessions by appointment
  • NCWorks Career Specialist on hand weekly  (Wednesdays from 10 am – 2 pm)
  • Robotics Lab Hours
  • Monthly STEAM classes
  • 3D scanning
  • 3D printing
  • Digital Cutting
  • GoPro cameras and audio/video graphic design/editing applications

In addition to library staff, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments partners with us by sending an NCWorks career specialist once a week. Another partnership with the Manufacturing Solutions Center offers access to professional tools, software applications, and training.

TechConnect is a place where anyone can explore new technology as well as design, prototype and build inspired ideas from start to finish.

Independent use of equipment and specialized 3D printing and cutting is also available by reservation, with nominal costs for printing and cutting.

TechConnect is made possible through a grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Upcoming Events

Mar
29
Wed
all-day Call to reserve a 1-on-1Technolo... @ Available at All Library Locations
Call to reserve a 1-on-1Technolo... @ Available at All Library Locations
Mar 29 all-day
Need to know how to use your iPad, Kindle, or Smartphone? Do you want help using Word to write your resume? Would you like to start storing things in the cloud? Call your local library[...]
all-day Resume Reviews @ Newton
Resume Reviews @ Newton
Mar 29 all-day
Did you know that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume? How do you make those few seconds count? Schedule an individual one-hour resume session to help get you started writing a[...]
10:00 am Baby Bounce @ Conover
Baby Bounce @ Conover
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
This sweet and simple 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play and singing for ages 3-18 months. Playtime follows.
10:00 am Baby Bounce @ Conover Branch
Baby Bounce @ Conover Branch
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This sweet and simple 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play and singing for ages 0-24 months! Playtime follows.
10:00 am Ready to Learn Story Time
Ready to Learn Story Time
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Preschool story time with reading readiness components for ages 0-5. Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Free & open to the public.
1:00 pm eBay for Beginners @ Main at Newton
eBay for Beginners @ Main at Newton
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Interested in finding out how to make a little cash selling your unwanted items? Learn how to set up an account, upload pictures, and list your items on this widely used auction platform. We’ll go[...]
Mar
30
Thu
all-day Call to reserve a 1-on-1Technolo... @ Available at All Library Locations
Call to reserve a 1-on-1Technolo... @ Available at All Library Locations
Mar 30 all-day
Need to know how to use your iPad, Kindle, or Smartphone? Do you want help using Word to write your resume? Would you like to start storing things in the cloud? Call your local library[...]
all-day Resume Reviews @ Newton
Resume Reviews @ Newton
Mar 30 all-day
Did you know that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume? How do you make those few seconds count? Schedule an individual one-hour resume session to help get you started writing a[...]
all-day Technology Tutoring @ Claremont
Technology Tutoring @ Claremont
Mar 30 all-day
Call the library to book an hour long session with a librarian to learn new skills and solve your technology problems. You can learn anything from finding and printing recipes online to selling on eBay.
9:30 am Ready to Learn Story Time @ Maiden
Ready to Learn Story Time @ Maiden
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your pre- schooler to learn.