KPL “Tech It Out” Blog
Here at Kirkwood Public Library we never stop innovating. We give our community access to the leading edge of trends and technology, and we are constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of our community. We contribute to the library world and are a recognized leader among community libraries.
We value learning, and we inspire our patrons to be lifelong learners. On this Technology Blog, we post about the innovations in technology we are pursuing at the Library. We blog on topics of interest to our users and will use our experiences to assist our readers with important technology, both important and necessary.
3D printed HOUSES?!? Yep, that was my reaction too when I first read about them. Before that, I had heard of 3D printed chess pieces, Pokemon buttons, Daleks, etc., as well as 3D printed knees and elbows, but not entire houses. Until week before last when a friend...read more
The Kirkwood Public Library has many wonderful tablet apps to help children strengthen early literacy skills. These apps are available in the Children’s Area and on the Early Literacy Ipad Kits (available for check-out). All of the apps are educational and engage...read more
One of the most highly developed pieces of technology in history (well, sort of...) is the T.A.R.D.I.S! TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. This is the spaceship time machine that the Doctor uses to travel to space and time in the television show...read more
The Apple TV is a device, in the form of a small box, that you connect to your TV. Through this device you can use Netflix, Hulu, and many other video-watching platforms, as well as projecting anything from your iPhone screen onto the TV screen. In order for an Apple...read more
What is conductive paint, you ask? It is a paint that can conduct a low-level electrical current once it is painted onto a surface and dries. There are different conductive paints and inks that can be bought in jars and pens from various vendors on the internet, or...read more
As many library goers know, we have offered 3D printing services for about 10 months. During this time we have had dozens of prints and have spent a lot of time experimenting with using a 3D printer. Therefore it is no surprise that our 3D printer has seen a lot of...read more
Having a 3D printer your your offices has it's advantages. First and foremost, it allows one to attempt some pretty impressive projects. Print submissions have been a little light lately, so I have spent the last several weeks working on something fun. In November of...read more
So you may be wondering what all the hoopla is about Hoopla (yep, I went there). Hoopla is the new e-content streaming service available through Kirkwood Public Library using your library card. What makes it different from our other digital services? Well, as well as...read more
Tablets and eReaders...what's the difference? Which one should I buy? How similar are they? These are questions the Technology department at KPL gets asked frequently. There is no real clear answer, because we all have different needs and expectations when it comes to...read more
An excellent resource for 3D models is Thingiverse. Here modelers have shared thousands of free 3D models for use, many of which can be printed on 3D printers. Recently, I found several models of dinosaur skeleton puzzles including a Velocirapter. Normally these...read more