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Get techy this fall with the Oakville Public Library

October 20, 2017

This fall, Oakville Public Library (OPL) will be running a series of tech-focused programming for teens and adults. From beginner to expert, OPL has many different options for tech-lovers of all learning levels.

Equipped with 3D printers at every branch, OPL continues to offer 3D learning opportunities for community members. In addition to its 3D Printer certification class, the library also runs a hands-on 3D Modelling for 3D Printing session that introduces design software and the basics of 3D modelling and printing. OPL has two more sessions this fall – on Oct. 26 and Nov. 30 – with a couple more to follow next year.

On Nov. 16, the library will be holding a 2-hour virtual reality program that includes a viewing of the TED Talk ‘VR as an Art Form,’ followed by an engaging virtual reality experience with the library’s Oculus Rift and SirsiDynix and VR cardboard headsets.

The library will be highlighting its exciting augmented reality technology later this year, which allows participants to colour and bring their artwork to life using iPads. The Colouring 2.0 program will be held on Nov. 28 at the Woodside Branch, and again on Dec. 14 at Glen Abbey.

Community members who are interested in learning how to code are encouraged to attend the library’s intergenerational An Hour of Code workshop on Dec. 10. In this free, drop-in program, library staff will introduce the basics of coding and various coding techniques. Individuals of all ages are welcome and no experience is required.

OPL will continue with its tech programming into the New Year, picking up again on Jan. 9 with an Ask the Blue Shirt Expert info-session on Smart Home Gadgets.

The following week, the library will hold a workshop on taking beautiful photos using your cellphone. Photography with your Phone runs on Jan. 13 and will teach participants how to maximize their phone’s camera and editing software.

The library will also introduce a new program early next year, which focuses on OPL’s digital resources and collections, including streaming apps for movies, books, TV series, and more. The hands-on Love My OPL info-session runs on Feb. 7, and any interested customers can register for it online.

Also in the winter, the library will have Microsoft Word (Feb. 11) and Microsoft Excel (Mar. 11) workshops, a session on filming drones and GoPros (Feb. 15), and an interactive Instagram workshop (Feb. 20).

In addition, the library runs a series of Digital Discovery with the Teen Tech Team sessions where individuals can receive tech coaching. The library only has a few more sessions left for this season – interested individuals can visit www.opl.ca for specific dates, times, and locations.

For more information on any of the programs mentioned above, please visit www.opl.ca.