Menomonie Public Library is pairing with UW-Stout's FAB LAB and Discovery Center to offer a course to introduce community members to digital design and fabrication.

A free course, Introduction to Design for Digital Fabrication, will teach community members the basics of 2D and 3D modeling and digital design and serves as a prerequisite to the rest of the classes in the series, which will be available in 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for community members to get exposed to the skills needed in order to use the FAB LAB, all for extreme cost savings.

The Discovery Center FAB LAB is part of a global network of labs for creative and innovative people to experiment with designs and prototypes, and is a great place for people who like to build things. The FAB LAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design (CAD) and desktop manufacturing technologies such as a laser engraver, 3D printer, mini-mill, vinyl cutter, CNC router, which all help bring ideas to life.

The class will take place from 6-8 p.m. on the following Mondays — Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 11 and 18 — in the Menomonie Public Library meeting room. Interested folks can sign up on UW-Stout's Professional Education Programs and Services webpage,

Registration is limited to 12 people, so sign up today. You may bring your own laptop, but please install Google SketchUp Make (free download) prior to the first day.

Introduction to Design for Digital Fabrication will be taught by Kevin Dietsche (B.S. Technology Education, M.S. Career and Technical Education, FAB LAB Instructor), who has experience teaching Intro to Drafting and Design, Architectural Drafting, Mechanical Drafting/Design and Engineering Design. Please make sure you will be able to attend most, if not all, of the four classes before registering.

Other upcoming programs at the library include:

— Hands-On Tech Lab: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, and Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m.

— Author B. J. Hollar (as part of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival ) will present at MPL Wednesday October 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

— Elk Mound Library Book Sale: Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Elk Mound Public Works Building

— Crime Book Club discussing "Last Rituals" by Yrsa Sigurdardottir on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

— Friends of MPL Fall Book Sale: Oct. 24, 5-8:30 p.m. (Friends only); Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-5:30pm; Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4:30pm; Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m. ($5 bag sale!)

— "Around the Farm Table" screening with show host on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7-8:30 p.m.

— Mark Moran, antiques expert seen on Antique Roadshow, Nov. 4, 1:30-4:30pm (registration required).

Please check out the library's website for the latest news and upcoming events. Give us a call at 715-232-2164, ext. 10 for information on any of these events and to sign up for Mark Moran. If you have questions about the FAB LAB class, feel free to give us a call.

Erin Gitchell is an assistant librarian at the Menomonie Public Library. She can be reached at

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