Port Macquarie-Hasting Library has been an early adopter of new technologies, being one of the first services in the state to provide Wifi, eBooks and downloadable resources.
Funding was sought through the Public Library Infrastructure Grants 2014/15 to enable the introduction of new technology to Port Macquarie-Library and the wider community.
The “Tech Room” was launched on Friday 26 February at a special open day where members of the community were able to have hands on experience of a range of technologies and software applications. Future sessions are planned for Wauchope and Laurieton Libraries as well as the Library Van. The portability of the equipment will allow access to those groups who cannot visit the Library.
Check out some of the weird and wonderful stuff we have below:
3d printing is awesome.
We have two Makerbot 3D printers - the Replicator Desktop and the Replicator Mini. Thousands of free downloadable 3D designs can be found at Makerbot's Thingiverse. MakerBot Thingiverse is the 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models. See the great 3D models created by Thingiverse super users – and share your own!
Virtual Reality (VR)
Samsung Gear VR. Swim with sharks. Dangle over cliff edges. Get nauseous rocketing through space. Do all of the above - we have!
Virtual Reality is something that has to be experienced to be believed. The device tracks your head movements to simulate total immersion in a world; be it a video game, film, or even a 360 degree photo.
Also coming soon - Oculus Rift!
What's Raspberry Pi, you ask? Great question.
Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
Still confused? Us too!!
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween!
3Doodler is the world's first 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS or PLA plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It's compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes. And by 'anything' we mean 'not much' because it is stupidly hard. Still, come give it a go and prove us wrong!!
Port Macquarie Library Tech Room is available for schools to book on Fridays during the school term. Bookings can be made for a maximum of 15 students for these sessions.essions go for approximately 45 minutes and are for students no younger than Stage 2. Please call 6581 8755 for bookings and so we can plan your visit.
This facility was made possible by a Library Development Grant from the State Library of NSW.