TECH @ Your Library
Telescope Lending Program
Library cardholders who are in “good standing” and 18 years or older with a valid photo I.D. can check-out a telescope kit at the main library in Walhalla. The telescope comes ready for viewing – there is nothing to assemble. The telescope kit comes with one Orion StarBlast 4.5 inch telescope, a picnic blanket, a headlamp to allow for reading in the dark, a moon map, an introductory to the night sky book, full instruction manual, and lens cleaner. The telescope kit can be checked out for seven days with one renewal if no one else is on the waiting list for the telescope. Telescopes can only be checked out from the Walhalla Library. Call or visit today to reserve your telescope kit.
OCPL offers monthly Science Saturday events on a rotating basis between the four library branches. Check our calendar for dates and locations. The purpose of Science Saturdays is to engage children at a young age in STEAM learning by providing fun, hands-on opportunities for children to explore scientific principles and to promote literary resources correlated to STEAM topics. Our Science Saturday programs are taught by either South Carolina certified science teachers or professors and graduate students from Clemson University Outreach Lab. They are usually designed for ages 4-12 but we welcome all ages to participate.
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As part of the Oconee County Public Library’s vision to provide access to emerging technology, the library is pleased to announce 3D printing service is now available to our patrons. The Library system’s first 3D printer was purchased with grant funds from a Library Services and Technology Act grant funded by the State Library of South Carolina. The printer, an Ultimaker 2, which uses plastic filament to build objects layer by layer, can print a cell phone protective case, model airplane, or just about any object that can be designed.
Individuals can custom design objects using 3D modeling software (free downloadable programs such as Cura, TinkerCAD, and SketchUp are available online), or they can visit websites, such as www.thingiverse.com, which provide design-ready objects for printing. To have a print job printed at the library, patrons can simply save their custom or selected design on a flash drive and fill out a 3D print request form which can be picked-up at the Walhalla Library or printed from the library’s website. Once the 3D print request form is filled-out and returned to the Walhalla Library a staff member will be in contact with details about scheduling a print job session. The cost of 3D printing at the library will be a $1.00 per print job handling fee and an additional $.50 per hour to offset the cost of the filament. 3D print services are available to OCPL library card holders in good standing only. A detailed copy of the library’s 3D print policy is available on the library’s website.
More workshops and 3D printing programs will be scheduled in the future.
OCPL 3D PRINTER POLICY