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Exploration Point! is a makerspace and digital media resource offering everyone from preschoolers to adults the opportunity to connect with others and bring their ideas to life using technology. Explore hands-on experiences with coding robots, 3D design, digital media creation, green screen photography, and STEM activities in a self-guided learning environment. Attend a program for more in-depth learning. What will you create?

Located in the Eldersburg Branch, Exploration Point! is open for scheduled programs and open access times. Drop in for self-guided use of the makerspace resources on a first-come, first-served basis during Independent Exploration. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to work with children 12 and under to explore their interests and projects.

Please note that laser cutter appointments and customer trainings are temporarily suspended at this time.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Check Currents or the Calendar of Events site for more events.

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Independent Exploration
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Independent Exploration
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Owl Pellets
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
Registration and more information
Learn about owls and dissect an owl pellet. Use your investigative skills to analyze and identify the contents of the pellet to figure out what the owl ate!

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Independent Exploration
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Writing Group
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:15am - 11:15am
Ages: Adults
More information
Writers of all levels and genres are invited to join our weekly writing group. It is a flexible, drop-in, stay as long as you like, environment. The primary goal is to dedicate quiet time away from the daily chaos to make consistent progress on your novel or children's book. Periodically, per group consensus, some time will be spent brainstorming, critiquing, and sharing knowledge about upcoming events and the book publishing industry.

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Midweek Minecraft: Creative
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 8 - 17
Registration and more information
Come play Minecraft with other players on our special library Minecraft server. 

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Midweek Minecraft: Survival
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ages: 8 - 17
Registration and more information
Come play Minecraft with other players on our special library Minecraft server. 

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Chess Club
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ages: 11 - Adults, Adults
More information
Whether you are a master or have never played, join us for Chess Club. You can learn the rules of the game, study classic games from history, stretch your brain with chess puzzles, or just sit down and play with friends. 

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Independent Exploration
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Solar System Bracelets
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 5 - 8
More information
Learn about the planets in our solar system, then make your very own solar system bracelet!

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Independent Exploration
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Origami Cranes
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ages: 11 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Learn and perfect some basic origami folds that can be used to create a classic paper crane, along with many other origami projects. 

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Independent Exploration
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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Independent Exploration
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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EPIC Animation
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
For 5th - 8th graders. Learn to design your own cartoons with Pivot Stickfigure Animator in this fun computer class. You'll learn how to add multiple characters and figures, change the colors, and add backgrounds. Bring a thumb drive if you'd like to save your cartoon. 

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Independent Exploration
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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EPIC Photo
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
For 5th - 8th graders. Learn to turn your photos into epic works of art using Paint.net in this fun computer class. You'll learn to apply epic effects and manipulate colors and backgrounds. Bring a thumb drive to save your work. You may also bring sample photos on the thumbdrive if you'd like to experiment at the end of class. 

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EPIC Web
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
For 5th - 8th graders. Create your own epic zombie-themed website using Wix.com in this fun computer class. You'll add multiple pages, images, and photo galleries. You need an email address for this class. (Parents: this website will be housed at Wix.com and can be accessed with the web address the student creates. The website will be difficult to find on the web and can be easily removed.) 

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Independent Exploration
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.

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EPIC Video
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: 10 - 13
Registration and more information
For 5th - 8th graders. Learn how to record YouTube videos using the free program Bandicam. You'll learn how to record your screen as you are playing games and will learn about the settings and features available (like adding your voice or using your webcam). 

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Independent Exploration
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ages: 3 - Adults, Adults
More information
Drop in for self-directed use of our makerspace resources during our unstaffed open lab hours. Check https://library.carr.org/programs/explorationpoint.asp for a full list of the equipment and software available. For staff assistance with a project or piece of equipment, please speak with a librarian to schedule a one-on-one tech appointment.


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