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Accessible Tech for Youth at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

This post is by guest blogger Ivy Kuhrman, the Young Adult Librarian at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York City. The ALSC Children and Technology committee invited Ivy to write this piece to share information about the Andrew Heiskell Library’s innovative use of accessible technology in their youth services. The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library provides free library services to patrons living in New York City and Long Island who are blind, low vision, or otherwise unable to read standard print. In addition to free and accessible reading materials in both braille and audio formats and a robust calendar of library programming for all ages, we offer access to a wealth of accessible technology for patrons at the library and beyond!

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Exploring the World of 3D Modeling

Have you seen Crayon Creatures? The concept is to take a child’s drawing and turn it into a 3D-printed sculpture. Aw…so cute! Grandma will love it! Until news of this service started circulating on Twitter and blogs and places, I hadn’t thought about how 3D printing might intersect with the lives of kids. The maker movement seems to be all the rage right now, and 3D printing is a significant part of that. In-home 3D printers are becoming a thing as prices drop. They may become ubiquitous, or they may turn out to be a fad. Who knows? At the very least, these devices are likely to have a surge of popularity. So what does this have to do with kids? They’re going to want to make stuff, too! So what does this have to do with libraries? Unless your library has money to burn, you’re not going to run…