Past Events, Programming, & Outreach

CSM Library provides a wide variety of engaging events for CSM students, staff, faculty, and members of the community. We welcome you to explore some of our past events.

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CSM Family Science & Astronomy Festival + Makerspace

Outreach & Events

Japanese Ministry of Education Advance Visit
Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Representatives of the CSM Library, CSM Bookstore, and CSM XLO Project made presentations and discussed issues surrounding use of electronic resources in colleges and universities with representatives from Japan.
CSM Library presentation slides

Library Newsletter
Spring 2014
Available as a flipbook or PDF.

Book Displays
Fall 2014


Pop-Up Makerspace
Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Drop in to take a finals week break.

Build A Gingerbread House
Date: Friday, December 12th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Roll up your sleeves and show off your design skills.
Co-sponsored with the CSM Architecture Club.

Makerspace Open Studio: Holiday Crafting
Date: Wednesday, December 3rd & Friday, December 5th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Unwind before finals with holiday crafting!

Makerspace + Family Science & Astronomy Festival
Date: Friday, October 4th, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Activities throughout the day at CSM Library.
Full event schedule available as a PDF

Lei Making
Date: Friday, May 9th, 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Make a lei at CSM Library

Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2:00pm - 6:15pm
Learn how to make everything from flowers to keychains to wallets with that most versatile of materials: duct tape! At CSM Library.

Date: Wednesday, May 7th, 2:00pm - 6:15pm
The art of Japanese paper folding is a low-stress, low-skill, high-reward activity. Origami papers provided. At CSM Library.

Date: Tuesday, May 6th, 2:00pm - 6:15pm
Knit one, purl YOU! Use our skeins, needles, and our space to kick back and show off your knitting and crocheting skills. At CSM Library

Creative Collage
Date: Thursday, May 1st and Monday, May 5th, 2:00pm - 6:15pm
Relax and unwind before finals with some creative collaging! Come to the CSM Library Makerspace and get creative! Magazines, scissors, glue, and project examples provided.

READ Poster Selfies
Date: Monday, April 14th, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Snap and share a photo of yourself with your favorite book! Open all day at the CSM library.

Makerspace: MakerBot 3-D Printing Demo / Project Kits (Engineering Club)
Date: Tuesday, April 15th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Hosted by: CSM Library and Engineering Club
Come try out our new project kits (Arduino, solar cars, and more!) at the CSM Library Makerspace, and watch the Engineering Club's new Makerbot 3D Printer in action!

Makerspace: Tetrahedron Kites (Makerspace Club)
Date: Wednesday, April 16th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Hosted by: CSM Library and Makerspace Club
Location: College Center Plaza (Building 10)
Learn to make a remarkably good kite with straws, tissue paper, and string! Co-hosted by the CSM Makerspace Club.

Makerspace: Solar Cars (Makerspace Club)
Date: Wednesday, April 16th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hosted by: CSM Library and Makerspace Club
Come to the CSM Library and show off your building and engineering skills by assembling a mini car that runs on the sun! No previous experience or special skills required.

Makerspace: Arduino Basics / Soldering
Date: Thursday, April 17th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Come celebrate National Library Week with a double-shot of DIY electronics for beginners.  Learn the basics of soldering LEDs, and explore the basics of the beginner-friendly Arduino microcontroller. No experience required!

Makerspace: Deconstructed T-Shirt / Upcycle Event (Fashion Club)
Date: Friday, April 18th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Hosted by: CSM Library and Fashion Club
Celebrate National Library Week with us, and join us for a t-shirt makeover! Transform and glamorize an old t-shirt into something fun, funky, and fashionable. Bring a t-shirt if you have one.

Makerspace Open Studio
Date: Friday, March 21st, 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Friday April 18th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
What do you want to make? Come and use our space and materials to work on your own project, or check out what other people are working on to get inspired!

Mold-Making Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 20th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Learn how to make your own molds for chocolate, soap and other fun projects. Bring a small object or toy to make your mold from.

Smartphone AstroPhotography - CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
Date: Friday, February 28th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Hosted by: Professors Mohsen Janatpour and Darryl Stanford
Learn to use your smartphone's camera to snap some unique photographs of Jupiter and other astronomical objects. Be sure to dress warmly and check the weather!

Black History Month: African Inspired Masks
Date: Friday, February 28th, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us in honoring Black History Month and make your own interpretation of a traditional African mask. All supplies provided!

Mobile Device Workshop

Outreach & Events

Make Hardware Innovation Workshop: Makerspace Library Tour and Activity
Tuesday, May 14th
Discover the next frontier in learning through making.
Workshop flyer [PDF]

Spring Pruning: Books Not Plants
April 19th
Faculty are invited to lend their subject expertise to library collection development. Help shape the CSM Library Collection to fit the needs of you and your students.
Flyer [PDF]

Never Alone
February 13th - March 15th
This art exhibit by CSM Sociology Professor Jane "Henri" Williams explores expression, attitude, emotion, and awareness of self.
Flyer [JPG]

Get Your Mobile Device Research Ready Workshop Series
February 28th, March 6th, & 7th
Find the apps you need to take advantage of free ebooks, audiobooks, and more from CSM Library
Workshop flyer [PDF]

♥ Blind Date With A Book ♥
Check out your blind date book during the month of February.
Blind date book display [PDF]

Library Newsletter
Spring 2013 [flipbook] [PDF]
All newsletter issues


Holiday Open House
Date: Friday, December 6, 9:00am - 3:00pm
See what the CSM Library Makerspace has to offer while you sample from a smorgasboard of creative projects in electronics, crafts, and more! We'll be doing different activities throughout the day -- feel free to participate in as many as you want! (Jewelry making, LED holiday cards & Ribbon ornaments, Potpourri lights & Paper star lanterns)

Make the Connection: Learn to Solder
Date: Thursday, November 14th, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Soldering is an essential skill for most projects in electronics, robotics, and circuit design.  Make a nifty light-up pin while you learn the basics of soldering electronics and circuit boards in this fun and easy workshop.

Ghostly Glow: LED Jack O'Lanterns
Date: Thursday, October 31, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Get ghoulish with LEDs and conductive paint and learn to light up this origami jack o'lantern paper pumpkin project.

Spooky Sestina: Collaborative Poetry Making
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Professor Autumn Newman and the CSM Library
Join CSM English Professor and poet Autumn Newman as we 'make' a fun and collaborative poem called a sestina.
* Read the Halloween Sestina created at the 10/30 Workshop!

Shed Some Light on it: Printmaking with the Sun
Date: Friday, October 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Professor Beth Todd and the CSM Library
Learn to make photogram prints using sunlight-reactive cyanotype paper.  Bring everyday objects with interesting shapes and outlines - leaves, tools, fabric, etc. - and see what develops!

Make Movement
Date: Friday, September 27th, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Hosted by: CSM Library
Location: In front of Building 10
Our first Make Movement event - a salsa and merengue workshop! Learn new dances and ways to move!

Bag Binding: Repurposed Covers for DIY Bound Books
Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to turn that old shopping bag into your own unique stitch-bound blank book or journal. Bring a paper shopping bag if you have one.

Mold-Making and Casting Demo and Workshop
Date: Friday, September 13th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hosted by: CSM Library, Eric Newgard
Learn the Silicon RTV mold making technique and Urethane Resin casting process in this hands-on workshop from master prop maker Eric Newgard. Bring a small object to mold - ceramics, keychains, shapes, etc. (1.5" x 1.5" x 1.5")

MakerBot 3-D Printer Demonstration
Date: Friday, September 6th, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Hosted by: CSM Engineering Club
Join the Engineering Club as they show off their cool new 3-D printer that can turn digital files into real objects that you can pick up and touch!

Structure Straws: Soda Straw Architecture
Date: Friday, September 6th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Architecture Club and the CSM Library
The structures that shelter us are all based on simple geometric forms; triangles, squares, and circles. Learn about the basic building blocks of architecture and help us build a geodesic dome out of soda straws!

Crafty Study Break before Finals
Date / Time: Friday, May 17, 2013 -- 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Come by the library to make a simple and relaxing craft project

Build a Terrarium
Dates / Times: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Friday, April 19th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Professor Matt Leddy and CSM Librarian Katherine Becvar
Location: CSM Library (Building 9)
Build your own mini-biosphere with succulents and air plants. (Materials provided or bring your own glass container).

MakerBot 3-D Printer Demonstration
Dates / Times: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 -- 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Friday, April 19th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM Engineering Club & CSM Engineering professor Laura Demsetz
Join the Engineering Club as they show off their cool new 3-D printer that can turn digital files into real objects that you can pick up and touch!

Write Poetry: Create a Sestina
Date / Time: Friday, May 10, 2013 -- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM English Professor Autumn Newman
Join CSM English Professor and poet Autumn Newman to work on a fun collaborative poetry project..

"Duct-ivities" - Arts and Crafts with Duct Tape
Date / Time: Friday, May 10, 2013 -- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Learn how to make everything from flowers to keychains to wallets with that most versatile of materials: duct tape!

Telescopes, Lenses and Optics
Date / Time: Friday, May 3, 2013 -- 2:30 pm - 4 pm
Hosted by: CSM Professor Mohsen Janatpour
Location: Astronomy Lab near the CSM Planetarium next to the Science Building (Building 36)
Learn how to make and operate a telescope in this hands-on workshop in the Astronomy Lab.

Jewelry Making
Date / Time: Thursday, April 18, 2013 -- 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM biology professor Tania Beliz and CSM librarian Katherine Becvar
Make a necklace, earrings, or leather cuff. (Materials supplied or bring your own)

Smartphone Projectors and Optics
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -- 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Make a projector for your smartphone with a shoebox and magnifying glass. (Materials supplied or bring your own shoebox)

Get Free eBooks, Textbooks, and Audiobooks on your Smartphone or Tablet – Drop-in Help
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -- 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to get free library eResources on your digital device: ebooks, textbooks, audiobooks and more.

Empower and Get the Most Out of Your Digital Device
Date / Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -- 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hosted by: CSM chemistry professor Jeff Flowers
Get quick tips to maximize the potential of your laptop, hard drive, smartphone, or tablet. Also learn about the best privacy settings, backups, and see who is tracking you online.

Yarn Bomb a Bookcart
Date / Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 -- 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hosted by: CSM biology professor Theresa Martin and CSM librarian Teresa Morris
Help us cover a  library bookcart in yarn! No knitting or crochet experience required.

Book-making and READ posters with your favorite book
Date / Time: Monday, April 15, 2013 -- 2:30 pm - 4 pm
Learn the basics of making a simple stitch-bound book, or print your own celebrity-style READ poster.

"Words On The Move" Mobile Magnetic Poetry Board
Dates: April - May 2013
April is National Poetry Month – celebrate with us by adorning our mobile magnetic poetry wall with your own original poetry.

“MAKE / READ” Collaborative String Art Installation
Dates: April - May 2013
Contribute your talent to our unique word art project!


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