River Rapids District Library
227 E. Broad St.
Chesaning, MI 48616
989-845-3211

Girl Scout Troop 30787 needed personalized hangers for their "Bridging" ceremony. Kristen Perrine came in and used the library's Cricut Maker to make the custom lettering for each girl. Great job Kristen!

Remember the Cricut Maker is available for patrons to use after a introductory training session. We also have two 3d printers, an 11x17 laminator, VHS to DVD archiving equipment and more available.

The American Rocket Challenge

STEAMspace Rocket Module registration is now closed! You can still register to be on the list for our Video Editing and Chroma Key (Green Screen) special effects Module starting in January. Register online or call the library.

Already used up your 4 borrows from Hoopla this month? Welcome to "Bonus Borrows". Each month Hoopla offers free borrows in selected categories. Here are some of them for August.

Remember you can borrow as many of these as you want in August and they don't count against your 4 item limit.

Online books and media

Borrow and enjoy audiobooks, eBooks, comics, movies, TV, magazines, or music everywhere you have a screen-your computer, your phone, your car, even your TV. All you need is your River Rapids library card. hoopla syncs across all your devices, so you can stream titles immediately or whenever you're in the mood. Most titles can also be downloaded to your phone or tablet. hoopla offers more content, in more places, than any other digital library platform and it's all FREE thanks to River Rapids Library!

Find out more at https://www.hoopladigital.com/

hoopla is available on

itunes store
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We needed a bulletin board for our upcoming summer reading program. This year the theme is "Oceans of Possibility". I created and printed a tiled background and then hung fish and other aquatic creatures in front of it using fishline attached to the ceiling tiles. Scroll down to find out how I did it using free software and public domain images.

  1. I searched https://freesvg.org to find a cartoon style underwater scene.

2. I used inkscape (a free vector image editor) to remove the objects I didn't want) and added the text "Oceans of Possibility". I added a gradient color to the text and then modified the shape with Inkscape's tweak tool to make them look wavy.

3. After I finished the background scene in Inkscape I used Plakativ (another free open source tool) to resize the image to the size of the bulletin board and divide it into overlapping tiles so I could print it out to individual 11x17 inch sheets of paper.

4. I trimmed and then stapled the tiled sheets to the bulletin board.

5. I found cute cartoon fish and sea creatures on freesvg.org

6. I used our Cricut to "Print and Cut" the animals on cardstock. I printed two images of each fish with the second one being mirrored so I could glue them back to back.

7. I punched a small hole in each of the printed sea animals and attached them to a length of fishing line. Using a paper clip at the other end of the fishing line I attached them to the ceiling tile framework just in front of the bulletin board.

That's it! Would you be interested in a workshop at the library on how to make your own tiled bulletin board backgrounds? Let us know and if we get enough interest we will schedule a hands on workshop so you can learn how to create your own posters, bulletin boards or other large scale images.

We needed a hook to hold one of the keys at the library. We wanted it to fit in one of the adjustable shelf peg holes. Rather than try to find something to purchase, our 3d printer came to the rescue. It took about 15 minutes to design and 6 minutes to print a custom hook that fit tightly in the peg hole. Quick and Easy!

Remember our Prusa Mini Plus 3d printer is available for patron use. Schedule a training time with James and start on your first 3d project.

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