Tech Happenings at Kirkwood Public Library

Courtney Flesch

By: Courtney Flesch on June 9, 2016 Print This Post

Your Kirkwood Public Library is always trying to stay on the forefront of technology, whether it be new software, equipment or programs. We want to be a place where you can connect with tech, like being able to check out a device to use and see what you think before you buy, or use a brand new piece of tech equipment you might not find anywhere else.

We have many different e-readers to check out, such as a Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and a Nook simple touch reader. These all check out for three weeks, and are loaded with a variety of new and popular book choices. For young children ages 0-5 we have Early Literacy iPad kits, preloaded tablets that contain 55+ early literacy apps that touch on reading, writing, singing, talking and playing. These check out for three weeks, and introduce kids to a great digitally interactive way of learning. We also have a wide new selection of preloaded tablets called Launchpads, that range in age for kids 3-5, 5-7, 8-10, and 10+. Each tablet has a different theme and is loaded with 10 applications. These come with a charging cord and are great for on the go.

This Summer we are also offering a variety of Science and Technology programs for kids and teens that will connect them with Little Bits, small electronic building blocks that are put together through magnets to form circuits, and Lego Mindstorms. With Little Bits you can let your imagination take you anywhere, building things such as a flashlight, thermometer, or even a stop watch! Brain Fit with Little Bit classes are for ages 9 and up June 16, 25 and July 21, 2-3 pm. For younger kids ages 5-8 we have two Little Bit Buddies programs that will pair up kids with teen volunteers to learn and play with Little Bits. Join us June 11 from 10-11 am, and July 7 from 2-3 pm.

In the library we have a 3D Printer available for patron use. 3D models can be submitted to Models are printed on a first come, first serve basis, with a minimum cost of $0.50 cents for up to 30 minutes of printing, with a cost of $0.25 for each additional 15 minutes of printing. Print times are determined by the estimated time given by the 3D printer.


Chelsea Bedley is the Assistant Director of Programs and Youth Services and is currently reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Visit your Kirkwood Public Library at 140 East Jefferson Avenue, or call us at 821-5770. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Courtney Flesch

Written by Courtney Flesch