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A Collision of Art and Technology at the Saint Paul Public Library

Date: Jul 10th, 2013


The Saint Paul Public Library is a great place to explore new technologies and hands-on creation. This summer four library locations are offering free, creative workshops for adults this summer where participants can experiment and create with inflatables, glowing clothing, folded structures, and shadow puppet animation. No experience is necessary. These Wednesday evening programs are designed to be fun, and everyone is welcome.

The Collision of Art and Technology program series kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. with "Inflatables" led by artist Asia Ward at Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave, St Paul, 55104, 651-642-0385. Participants can experiment with urban art by creating a giant inflatable shape with everyday materials like tape, plastic bags, and box fans.

For more information, please call 651-266-7000 or visit

Additional program workshops include:


Glowing Clothing

Participants learn how to wire LEDs and embed them in clothing, shoes, arm bands, or neck bands, and they should bring an article of clothing or piece of fabric that can be cut up and embedded with lights. Led by Janet Groenert, fiber and electronic wearables artist.

Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave, Saint Paul, 55104, 651-642-0293


Shadow Puppet Animation

Participants make cut-out silhouettes, similar to shadow puppets, then use a stop motion animation program called SAM to animate the puppets. Led by Peter Kirschmann.

Wednesday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Riverview Library, 1 E George St, Saint Paul, 55107, 651-292-6626


Folded Structures

Explore the art and science of three dimensional forms and paper folding and make your own unbelievable geometric forms from folded paper. Led by Margaret Pezella-Granlund, paper artist and sculptor.

Wednesday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave, Saint Paul, 55119, 651-501-6300


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