3-D printing is a form of additive manufacturing that makes three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, using molten plastic, computer-driven motors, and Cartesian geometry. The children’s department has a Prusa i3MK3s at each library building and can print objects up to 9x8x8 inches using PLA or PET-G filament.
We offer 3D introductory classes to kids ages 6 – 12. Classes consist of an hour of learning about the basic 3-D printing process, including downloading a design file, preparing it to print using slicing software, and setting up the printer. At the end of the class, participants may choose from a menu of basic designs to slice and print. (Due to the length of printing time, prints will need to be picked up at a later time.) The class does require some basic computer navigation and reading ability. Space is limited; call or ask at the children’s desk for more information or to register.
If you are more experienced with 3-D design, you are welcome to use the design programs on the library computers. We offer a monthly drop-in clinic for children 12 and under who have taken the introductory class and are working on projects of their own. Call or ask at the children’s desk for more information. Adults and children 13+ who have a design ready to print can use the Makerspace at the Williamsburg Library. Please note that all projects are limited to 5-hour prints.
Draw, create, and explore in our Open Art Studio at the James City County Library. Hours are daily from 1 p.m. until an hour before the library closes.
Our Learning to Go collection has puzzles, games, craft tools, toys, and tech for all ages — everything from Scrabble to Spheros. Most items check out for a week, and all can be put on hold and renewed. You can check out as many Learning to Go kits as you’d like, up to your account limit.
To see the collection in the catalog, search “Learning to Go” in the subject field. You can also browse labels on a magnetic board at either library building.
Learn something new twice a month from this series of enrichment programs for children in grades K-5. Explore a new topic every first and third Wednesday of the month. Registration is required; signups begin the first of the month preceding the program.