Here is a follow up from Jason “Jay” Barone, Manager at the Niagara Branch Library in Buffalo, who hosted and attended the WNYLRC Workshop on “Building Your Own Raspberry Pi” in January 2018. Led by Don Watkins (Library Trustee at the Blount Library in Franklinville and business entrepreneur engaged in many Open Access projects), people from school, public and academic libraries learned about the hugely powerful and versatile capabilities of the little device called Raspberry Pi!
Jay is using the Raspberry Pi he won (we raffled off several at the end of the session – but you can buy your own for less than $60), to get creative with Summer Reading programming – the theme this year is “Libraries Rock,” which could inspire music programming. In this vein, Jay tells us,
“This program is fantastic! We’ve been using our Raspberry Pi to develop STEM programs using the Scratch programming language, as well as creating music through code using the pre-installed Sonic Pi language and development environment!”
He added, “We’re also looking into creating our own on-demand arcade for the gamers in our community. The best part is that we can bring accessible and useful creative computing to our patrons of all ages and abilities, with programs that provide concrete results, like making your own song or creating your own animated short! These are just a few uses of the Raspberry Pi in libraries, but the sky is the limit!”
You can make Raspberry Pi a part of your library’s “recipe for success” in meeting different types of patron needs!
Niagara Branch Library
280 Porter Ave
Buffalo, NY 14201