Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Library Open House - Friday 9/6 9:30am - 3pm

Everyone's invited!

The CSM Library will be hosting an Open House on Friday, September 6th from 9:30am - 3pm (we're in Building 9).  Drop by for some fun and adventure in the library! There'll be a trivia contest, a scavenger hunt, snacks, prizes and much more! Come by and see what we have to offer and how we can help you succeed at CSM!

We'll have two Makerspace Events going on during the Open House (learn more about the CSM Library Makerspace http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/makerspace.php):

Structure Straws: Soda Straw Architecture
Friday, September 6th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Architecture Club and the CSM Library
The structures that shelter us are all based on simple geometric forms; triangles, squares, and circles. Learn about the basic building blocks of architecture and help us build a geodesic dome out of soda straws! 

MakerBot 3-D Printer Demonstration
Friday, September 6th from 12:30 am - 2:30 pm
Hosted by: CSM Engineering Club
Join the Engineering Club as they show off their cool new 3-D printer that can turn digital files into real objects that you can pick up and touch!

We hope to see you on Friday, September 6th!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome to Fall 2013!

Welcome back to Students and Faculty! Here are a few items to get done this week.
  • Get a library card. If you don't already have a PLS library card from any library in San Mateo County, you can apply for a new card at the College of San Mateo Library.

  • Get a USB flash drive to save your school work. You can buy them at the campus bookstore -you'll probably need 4 gigabytes or more.

  • Check College Reserves for your textbooks. If your instructor has a copy and puts it in College Reserves, you can check it our for use in the library. Check back often -- new reserve items get added as the semester progresses.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Makerspace Events!

We've added more Makerspace events for the month of May, and we would love it if you'd join us!  All events are free and all materials are provided.  Please drop by for any of the events listed below.  More details about the events can be found on our Makerspace webpage: http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/makerspace.php

2:30 pm - 4 pm
Telescopes, Lenses and Optics
Hosted by: CSM Professor Mohsen Janatpour
Location: Astronomy Lab near the CSM Planetarium next to the Science Building (Building 36)
Learn how to make and operate a telescope in this hands-on workshop in the Astronomy Lab.

12 pm - 2 pm
"Duct-ivities" - Arts and Crafts with Duct Tape
Hosted by: CSM Librarians
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Learn how to make everything from flowers to keychains to wallets with that most versatile of materials: duct tape!

3 pm - 4 pm
Write Poetry: Create a Sestina
Hosted by: CSM English Professor Autumn Newman
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Join CSM English Professor and poet Autumn Newman to work on a fun collaborative poetry project.

2 pm - 4 pm
MakerBot 3-D Printer Demonstration
Hosted by: CSM Engineering Club & CSM engineering professor Laura Demsetz
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Join the Engineering Club as they show off their cool new 3-D printer that can turn digital files into real objects that you can pick up and touch!

2 pm - 4 pm
Build a Terrarium
Hosted by: CSM Professor Matt Leddy
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Build your own mini-biosphere with succulents and air plants. (Materials provided or bring your own glass container).  

1 pm - 3 pm
Take a Study Break before Finals
Hosted by: CSM Librarians
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Come by the library to make a simple and relaxing craft project.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Make a cool project with us - National Library Week starts today!

Drop by and celebrate National Library Week with us!
Today (Monday, 4/15) come by between 10am - 1pm to learn the basics of making a simple stitch-bound book, or print your own celebrity-style READ poster.

All week long (April 15-19) you can come by to add to our "Words On The Move" Mobile Magnetic Poetry Board or our “MAKE / READ” Collaborative String Art Installation.

We hope to see you soon!  For the full schedule of events and activities, see the schedule here: http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/makerspace.php

Monday, April 8, 2013

Free "Makerspace" Workshops to Celebrate National Library Week!

CSM faculty from biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, and the Library are hosting free drop-in workshops and events in the CSM Library to celebrate National Library Week (April 15-19). This year we are introducing "Makerspaces" to CSM. All CSM students, faculty, and staff are invited to drop in for any of the events listed here: http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/makerspace.php

Highlights of events happening next week: 
  • "Words On The Move" Mobile Magnetic Poetry Board
  • “MAKE / READ” Collaborative String Art Installation
  • Book-making and READ posters with your favorite book
  • Yarn Bomb a Bookcart  
  • Empower and Get the Most Out of Your Digital Device 
  • Get Free eBooks, Textbooks, and Audiobooks on your Smartphone or Tablet – Drop-in Help 
  • Smartphone Projectors and Optics 
  • Jewelry Making 
  • MakerBot 3-D Printer Demonstration 
  • Build a Terrarium
 All workshop and event attendees will be entered to win free tickets to Maker Faire Bay Area (May 18 - 19) at the San Mateo County Event Center. More information about the Maker Faire available here: http://makerfaire.com/

Friday, February 22, 2013

We're offering three workshops over the next two weeks that are tailored to iOS (2/28), Android (3/6) and traditional e-Reader (3/7) devices that will help you learn how to find and use research apps and library resources on your device (including textbooks!) Sign up now for a free workshop! http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/device_workshop.php

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blind Date with a Book

Pick up your blind date at the CSM Library to celebrate Valentine's Day (and Library Lover's month) - "Blind Date with a Book" is going on during the month of February - just select a wrapped book, check it out, and see if you've found a new book to love!