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Library NExT

Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a series of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics including circuits, Python programming language, virology, and 55+ other STEAM courses. Initially started as a pilot program at six San Diego libraries in 2017, it has expanded to 24 locations in 2021 with plans to be offered at all City of San Diego library locations. This San Diego Public Library program is a collaboration with UC San Diego Extension and Sally Ride Science.

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For questions about the program, please contact us at LibraryNext@sandiego.gov.
 
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Fall 2021 Virtual Library NExT Programs

   Fall 2021 Virtual Library NExT Courses are here!

Programs from October through December are either live online via Zoom or on-site. Please read descriptions carefully to determine each program’s format. Registration opens approximately one month prior to course date for all programs. If supplies are needed for virtual programs, you will receive an email directing you to an open library branch location to pick up your supplies. Zoom links for virtual programs will be emailed out with reminder emails.

 

October

Virtual Beginner's SketchUp
Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School ( 6th - 8th)
 
With 3D modeling, you can design a house, a bridge, a monster – or anything else you can dream up! Learn to use SketchUp Make 3D Modeling to create all sorts of three-dimensional graphic models. This is a virtual workshop.
 

Slime and Non-Newtonian Fluids

Monday, October 4, 2021 | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Logan Heights Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
It’s slime time! Just like slime, Earth’s glaciers, mudslides and quaking bogs are made of fluids that are neither liquid nor solid. We’ll use slime to investigate how things work in the natural world. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Beginner's SketchUp
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
With 3D modeling, you can design a house, a bridge, a monster – or anything else you can dream up! Learn to use SketchUp Make 3D Modeling to create all sorts of three-dimensional graphic models. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Craftronics
Tuesday, October 5, 2021| 4:00- 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: San Ysidro Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Learn about electronics and circuits while creating fun crafts projects! Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet or robot bug. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Messy Science
Tuesday, October 5, 2021| 4:00- 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: College Rolando Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Slimy Sea Creatures
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
How do octopuses change color and why do oysters make pearls? Investigate how slimy sea creatures live and thrive in their underwater homes. Then create an artwork inspired by what you have learned. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Space Out
Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Linda Vista Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to blast off as you plan your own mission to space! Explore our Earth and then move on to other planets, solar systems and faraway galaxies. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Messy Science
Saturday, October 9, 2021| 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Virtual Exploration for a Sustainable World
Saturday, October 9, 2021| 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.| Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Want to help build a more sustainable future? We'll use Google Earth to survey sites around the world where people live. Then you will create a design for a sustainable home in a place of your choice. This is a virtual workshop.
 

Intro to Electronics

Monday, October 11, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Rancho Bernardo Library | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Put electric circuits to use as you build a light-sensitve nightlight, sound-effects board or pocket flashlight. You will learn how to interpret circuit drawings and how to use capacitors and transistors in fun projects. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Space Out
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: University Community Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to blast off as you plan your own mission to space! Explore our Earth and then move on to other planets, solar systems and faraway galaxies. This is an in-person workshop.
 

Virtual Cracking the COVID-19 Code
Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Unravel the mysteries of the pandemic by exploring the science behind COVID-19. Find out how the COVID virus attacks the human body and how vaccines work. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Virtual Exploration for a Sustainable World
Saturday, October 16, 2021| 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.| Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Want to help build a more sustainable future? We'll use Google Earth to survey sites around the world where people live. Then you will create a design for a sustainable home in a place of your choice. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Messy Science
Saturday, October 16, 2021| 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Central Library- Denny Sanford Children's Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Craftronics
Saturday, October 16, 2021| 2:00- 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Tierrasanta Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Learn about electronics and circuits while creating fun crafts projects! Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet or robot bug. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Marine Mammals of California
Saturday, October 16, 2021| 2:00- 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch| Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Get to know the mammals that live off San Diego’s coast, from playful dolphins to majestic whales. Through a variety of activities, we’ll explore the amazing adaptations of these marine mammals. This is a virtual workshop.
 

Virtual Physics of Fidget Spinners

Saturday, October 16, 2021| 3:00- 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Fidget spinners are fun, but did you know you can learn from them? We’ll use these little devices to explore motion, tension, gravity and other concepts in physics. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Animation & Video Game Design Using Scratch
Saturday, October 23, 2021 | 2:00- 5:00 p.m.| Register Here
Location: Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Make zombies, princesses and flying carpets come to life as you develop your own online game! Using Scratch software, you will learn about character and storyboard design as you use basic animation to design games. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Messy Science
Monday, October 25, 2021| 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Point Loma/Hervey Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 

Exploring the Science of Harry Potter

Tuesday,October 26, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Otay Mesa-Nestor Library | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Did you know a lot of the magic in the world of Harry Potter is rooted in real science? Explore how the Harry Potter books and movies reflect concepts in genetics, chemistry, herbology and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Marine Mammals of California
Wednesday, October 27, 2021| 2:30- 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Get to know the mammals that live off San Diego’s coast, from playful dolphins to majestic whales. Through a variety of activities, we’ll explore the amazing adaptations of these marine mammals. This is a virtual workshop.
 

November

Space Out
Monday, November 1, 2021 | 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Rancho Peñasquitos Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to blast off as you plan your own mission to space! Explore our Earth and then move on to other planets, solar systems and faraway galaxies. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Introduction to Python Programming
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Logan Heights Library | Level: Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Up your coding game by learning the popular programming language Python. Through hands-on activities, you will get an introduction to Python syntax and learn to code simple apps. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Physics of Fidget Spinners
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.| Register Here
Location: San Ysidro Library | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Fidget spinners are fun, but did you know you can learn from them? We’ll use these little devices to explore motion, tension, gravity and other concepts in physics. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Cracking the COVID-19 Code
Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd-5th)
 
Unravel the mysteries of the pandemic by exploring the science behind COVID-19. Find out how the COVID virus attacks the human body and how vaccines work. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Messy Science
Saturday, November 13, 2021|10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m| Register Here
Location: Pacific Beach/Taylor Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Marine Mammals of California
Monday, November 15, 2021| 3:30- 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Get to know the mammals that live off San Diego’s coast, from playful dolphins to majestic whales. Through a variety of activities, we’ll explore the amazing adaptations of these marine mammals. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Craftronics
Saturday, November 20, 2021| 2:00- 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Mission Valley Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Learn about electronics and circuits while creating fun crafts projects! Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet or robot bug. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Explore 3-D Modeling and Printing with Blender
Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 2:00- 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Use the open-source program Blender to explore the potential of 3D modeling and printing. This workshop will teach the basics of environmental design for video games and is a good starting point for moving on to advanced 3D modeling skills. This is an in-person workshop.
 

Exploring the Science of Harry Potter

Monday, November 29, 2021 | 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Point Loma/Hervey Library | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Did you know a lot of the magic in the world of Harry Potter is rooted in real science? Explore how the Harry Potter books and movies reflect concepts in genetics, chemistry, herbology and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 

December

Virtual Messy Science
Wednesday, December 1, 2021| 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Internet Programming and Web Design
Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Linda Vista Library | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Ever wanted to design your own website? You will get famiiar with HTML and CSS as you use templates to build a website highlighting a topic of your choice. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Slimy Sea Creatures
Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
How do octopuses change color and why do oysters make pearls? Investigate how slimy sea creatures live and thrive in their underwater homes. Then create an artwork inspired by what you have learned. This is a virtual workshop.
 

Exploring the Science of Harry Potter

Monday, December 6, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Central Library- Pauline Foster Teen Center | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Did you know a lot of the magic in the world of Harry Potter is rooted in real science? Explore how the Harry Potter books and movies reflect concepts in genetics, chemistry, herbology and more. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Squid Dissection
Monday, December 6, 2021 | 4:00- 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Things might get a little inky as we work together to dissesct a real squid. Students will develop scientific resarech skills as they learn about squids and other ocean animals. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Virtual Slimy Sea Creatures
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
How do octopuses change color and why do oysters make pearls? Investigate how slimy sea creatures live and thrive in their underwater homes. Then create an artwork inspired by what you have learned. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Intro to Electronics
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: University Community Library | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Put electric circuits to use as you build a light-sensitve nightlight, sound-effects board or pocket flashlight. You will learn how to interpret circuit drawings and how to use capacitors and transistors in fun projects. This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Medicine and the Heart
Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Have you ever thought about a career in medicine? Explore this fascinating field as you learn about human anatomy and about diseases of the heart. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Marine Mammals of California
Saturday, December 11, 2021| 1:00- 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Tierrasanta Library | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Get to know the mammals that live off San Diego’s coast, from playful dolphins to majestic whales. Through a variety of activities, we’ll explore the amazing adaptations of these marine mammals.  This is an in-person workshop.
 
Virtual Disney Dtyle: Act, Sing, and Stretch
Saturday, December 11, 2021| 10:00- 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Want to learn how singers and actors get ready for the spotlight? You’ll discover how to use active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to loosen up before acting out familiar movie scenes and songs. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Craftronics
Saturday, December 11, 2021| 2:00- 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: Central Library- Denny Sanford Children's Library | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Learn about electronics and circuits while creating fun crafts projects! Possible projects include a moving origami swan, light-up LED bracelet or robot bug. This is an in-person workshop
 
Virtual Messy Science
Saturday, December 11, 2021| 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Ready to get messy in the name of science? We’ll conduct noisy and colorful experiments as we explore the science of volcanoes, rain clouds, glaciers and more. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Virtual Disney Dtyle: Act, Sing, and Stretch
Saturday, December 11, 2021| 3:00- 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Elementary School (3rd - 5th)
 
Want to learn how singers and actors get ready for the spotlight? You’ll discover how to use active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to loosen up before acting out familiar movie scenes and songs. This is a virtual workshop.
 
Virtual Internet Programming and Web Design
Saturday, December 4, 2021 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Register Here
Location: SDPL Virtual Branch | Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
Ever wanted to design your own website? You will get famiiar with HTML and CSS as you use templates to build a website highlighting a topic of your choice. This is an in-person workshop.
 

September

Virtual Introduction to Python Programming
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
A basic understanding of how the internet works is a valuable tool in many today’s high-tech careers. Explore the intricacies of the web and then use Python to program simple apps for internet communication. Students will examine the technology behind the World Wide Web. Then they will get an introduction to the syntax of the Python programming language and the basics of code documentation. Students will use Python to create a variety of small applications that utilize communications over the internet. In building these applications, they will discover how to use existing network systems to make powerful programs. The class is most suited for students with beginning to intermediate experience in a coding language.
 
Virtual Lights, Camera, Acting
Friday, September 3, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.| Register Here
Level: High School (9th-12th)
 
Welcome to acting bootcamp! Every day we'll be exploring different realms of the performing arts world. We'll tackle theatre acting, musical theatre acting, Shakespeare, commercial acting and film/tv acting. By the end of this course students will have general knowledge of many genres of acting. Students will learn the basics of musical theatre. Students will dive into beginning Shakespeare. Students will find out about what a professional audition is like and learn how to do one. Students will learn about commercial acting.
 
Virtual Marine Mammals of California
Friday, September 3, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.| Register Here
Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
 
This workshop introduces students to the many marine mammals native to San Diego, including seals, sea lions, dolphins and great whales. Through virtual activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions.
 

STEAM Videos

The San Diego Public Library is excited to present a series of videos for our Summer Library NExT STEAM programs! These fun videos will inspire and engage students of all ages to keep up on their STEAM studies while experiencing STEAM subjects and entertaining exploration!
 
For more Library NExT videos click here!
 

 

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The Great Geography Clues Game
 
Do you have what it takes to earn the crown of The Great Geography Clues Game? You will be exploring the world, while given several clues along the way in order to guess the famous place or city in question. Take the quiz and then challenge your family and friends to beat your score. Good luck!

 

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Glowies: Crafting with Instamorph
 
Learn about plastic casting and electronics with Instamorph - a safe, non-toxic, low temperature thermoplastic. Similar to hot glue but you can mold it, or shape it by hand. When it cools, it turns hard again. Put an LED in it while it's soft and attach a coin cell battery to make a "Glowie". The molds are also easy to make, from 100% silicone and cornstarch.

 

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Tiny Houses: Mini Architecture
 
Learn all about the tiny house design process.

 

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Craftronics: Popsicle Stick Flashlight
 
Learn how to create a simple circuit flashlight project using the items around the house like popsicle sticks, binder clips and aluminum foil.

 

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Introduction to Python Programming
 
Get a jump start into python programming. This video covers the installation of python with Anaconda, print statements, and variables. After viewing the video, you have a chance to study python programming with a free textbook provided in the links below.

 

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SketchUp
 
SketchUp is a free 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architecture, furniture design, 3D printing, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. In this short video, you will learn how to build a simple 3D object using basic commands and tools which will allow you to turn all your ideas into 3 dimensions.

Partners

project is funded in whole or in part with the State of California, administered by the California State Library, and with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

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