The Columbia Public Library has some cool tech programs planned for older kids and teens during Spring Break. The fun begins on Tuesday, March 28 with our popular “Stop-Motion Animation Workshop” at 2 p.m. We’ll provide all kinds of props and backgrounds for you to create your own mini-movie. Staff will show you how to use software on our iPads to photograph and edit your film. You can also bring your own props and backgrounds if you wish. Children and teens, ages 8 and older.
“Hour of Code” will return for two sessions on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 2-3 p.m. Computer programming helps cultivate logic skills, problem-solving abilities and creativity. Using Blockly, a visual programming tool, you will learn to code using a variety of tutorials based on “Minecraft” and other popular computer games.
All of these programs require advance registration. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.
If you are heading out of town for Spring Break, don’t forget you can download free eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and more to your tablet or smartphone.
Overdrive offers access to thousands of downloadable eBook and audiobook titles, including many of the most popular young adult novels. View a list of devices compatible with this service, or download the iOS or Android app.
Hoopla allows you to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music and audiobooks, or read eBooks and comic books with your computer or mobile device for free. Download the Hoopla app for iOS, Android or Kindle Fire HDX.
Freegal allows you to permanently download five free songs per week and listen to five hours of ad-free streaming music daily. Freegal works on most devices and the apps are free through Google Play or the App Store.
Zinio offers over 100 free digital magazines for you to read on your computer, tablet or smartphone such as Seventeen, ESPN, Girl’s Life, Teen Vogue, Popular Science, US Weekly and many more. Get the app for your iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Nook HD or Windows 8 mobile device.