Grinnell Makers February: Sketch up and Ardnuinos

The second meeting of the Grinnell Makers will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11th at the Drake Community Library from 2-4pm. Individuals of all ages who are interested in exploring various skills and technologies relating to creating, building, and designing  are encouraged to attend.  The first meeting in January attracted around 15 individuals who shared ideas and enthusiasm and the group looks to build on that.

Every meeting includes an open invitation to show and share about projects you are working on or looking to find a way to work on, i.e. I’d like help learning this skill. For the February meeting leaders Rich Dana and Craig Shore will offer resources to help explore the free, online “Sketch Up” design tool and Arduino microcontrollers.  Sketch up is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architecture, interior design, landscaping, mechanical engineering, etc.   Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects, quite popular for people just starting out with electronics.

See more about Grinnell Makers here.

Watch It Wednesday

School age kids are invited to watch “Ramona & Beezus”  2010

Based on the classic series of books by Beverly Cleary.

Rated G, 1 hour, 43 minutes long.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Snacks provided.




View Meeting Room Schedule

You can view the calendar of meetings scheduled at the library at

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After school Code Club

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Come learn coding from Grinnell College Computer Science students. This fun and relaxed group will help you explore computer coding, develop your coding skills, and just have fun with your computer. Thursdays from 3:45-4:45 during the school year (except when Grinnell College is not in session). For youth in 3rd grade through High School. There will be snacks too!

Introducing Video Tutorials for Online Resources

We are excited to now offer video tutorials for most of our online resources, as well as many social media services. You should now see a button at the right of your screen that says Tutorials. Click on that to see the list of available tutorials. The carousel image above also will show you available tutorials.

See all tutorials available in the DCL Niche Academy here.

This great product from Niche Academy should help you learn about the many online resources we offer our library users. We’ll be more fully incorporating these resources into our website and catalog in the weeks to come. For now, we encourage you to explore and discover the many things available from the library at your fingertips!