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Get to Making at the Just Opened Richmond Public Library Innovation Lab

Today, May 1st is the first day the Innovation Lab is open for innovating.

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Learn more about the Innovation Lab.

Richmond Public Library’s new Innovation Lab is a digital lab and makerspace for children, teens, and adults.  In it you will find tools and technology for learning, exploring, designing, creating, and innovating.

USING THE INNOVATION LAB

The Innovation Lab is located at the Main Library.  There are several ways you can use the lab:

Orientation – We offer a general orientation to the Innovation Lab and its equipment twice a week:  Mondays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Orientation lasts approximately 15 minutes and is a great way to learn what the Lab has to offer.

Open Hours – The Innovation Lab has open hours on Mondays from 4:00-7:30 pm and Saturdays from 1-4:30 pm.

Classes – RPL offers a variety of classes including basic 3D printing, beginner instruction using the Cricut, Lego robotics projects, and more!  Please visit our online calendar for a full list of our upcoming classes.

Reservations – Reservations are available for those wishing to use the Adobe Creative Suite and/or the 3D scanner.  Reservations may be made for a 90-minute period per day.

You’ll find all the following in the lab.

  • ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD – Use this collection of apps to and design tools for video, design, photograph, and more! Reservations are required.
  • 3D PRINTER -The Innovation Lab houses a LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. At this time, the 3D printer is only available for use during 3D printing classes.
  • 3D SCANNER – Our Matter and Form 3D Desktop Scanner captures high resolution scans. Import your scan into 3D design software to alter and transform your object. At this time, 3D printing from scans is only available for use during 3D scanning classes. Registrations are required.
  • OCULUS GO VR GOGGLES – Experience virtual reality using one of our Oculus Go goggles. Play games, watch TV, meetup with friends, listen to music, and more! Recommended for ages 13+. Users are limited to a 30-minute period per day.
  • CRICUT MAKERⓇ MACHINE – The CricutⓇ Maker cuts hundreds of materials quickly and accurately. Download designs or create your own. If you have never used a CricutⓇ before, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using it during Open Lab. Makers must bring their own materials for personal projects outside of class time.
  • SEWING MACHINES – The Innovation Lab has several Janome Sew Mini machines for use. The Janome Mini features a top loading full rotary hook bobbin, 4-piece feed dog, two stitch types, and 5 width adjustments. Please bring your own materials for use.
  • LEGOⓇ ROBOTICS KITS – Collaborate, build, and problem-solve with the LEGOⓇ Robotics kits.  Use coding and engineering skills with these hands-on STEM kits. The Innovation Lab offers two types of LEGOⓇ kits. The LegoⓇ WeDo 2.0 kit is recommended for elementary students ages 7+. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 is recommended for students in middle and high school.  If you have no prior experience with the LegoⓇ Kits, we recommend you attend one of our classes before using the kits during Open Lab.

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Wayback RVA — Main Office of the Negro Development and Exposition Co. U. S. A.

A Then & Now photo essay of Richmond places from around the area.

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Main Office of the Negro Development
and Exposition Co. U. S. A.
also Clothing and Gents Furnishings
Mr. I. J. Miller, Proprietor
528 East Broad Street

Just down the street from Richmond Dyeing, Scouring and Carpet Cleaning Works!

Giles Beecher Jackson was the first black attorney certified to practice law before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. With Daniel Webster Davis he co-authored a book entitled The Industrial History of the Negro Race of the United States, where he mentions I. J. Miller gent’s furnishing store, with a stock of $10,000.

He also created the Negro Development and Exposition Company, which secured $150,000 to produce the Negro Building, exhibitions by and about blacks, for the 1907 Jamestown Tercentennial. That he was unsuccessful in converting this into a National Museum for Colored People, it was nevertheless one of the earliest attempts for a dedicated museum of this kind. An amazing story you can read here.


(Main Office of the Negro Development and Exposition Co. U. S. A. is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


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Stoney administration proposes supported isolation for select COVID-19 positive cases

On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond, in partnership with the Richmond City Health District, will offer COVID-19 positive individuals with demonstrated need an opportunity to isolate safely and securely in hotel units.

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On Thursday, Mayor Stoney announced that the City of Richmond, in partnership with the Richmond City Health District, will offer COVID-19 positive individuals with demonstrated need an opportunity to isolate safely and securely in hotel units.

Research shows that diligent testing, contact tracing and supported isolation will limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. “Boxing in the virus” in this manner requires that every COVID-19 positive patient effectively self-isolate, ensuring they do not spread the virus to family members, friends or the general public.

However, a prolonged, secure period of self-isolation is not possible for many Richmonders.

“The truth is that not all people are safer at home,” said the mayor. “Some aren’t fortunate enough to have a home large enough to isolate from loved ones.”

Using the CARES Act funding from the federal government made available last week by the state, the city will offer COVID-19 positive individuals with a demonstrated need to isolate securely a space to do so.

The city and Richmond City Health District will partner with the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care, a coalition of service providers with expertise in the intersection of physical security and human services due to their charge of aiding those experiencing homelessness.

Basic needs of those who choose to isolate, such as food and COVID-19 related primary care, will be funded through the Family Crisis Fund and safety net provider network.

The program will be facilitated by Richmond City Health District.

“Let me be clear: this program is specifically for those who cannot isolate safely, not a vacation for those who can,” said Mayor Stoney. “These COVID-19 patients will be cared for and sheltered for the good of themselves, their families, and the entire city.”

The Mayor ended with an appeal to the city’s communal sense of unity and compassion: “I know you’d want it for your family members; Richmond is my family. Let’s take care of each other.”

Upcoming testing events:

  • Friday, May 22 at Eastlawn Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27 at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and Southwood Apartments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 30 at Martin Luther King Middle School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Area museums will join forces May 24th to offer socially distant digital scavenger hunts

Local museums are collaborating on a unique scavenger hunt experience for people across the Richmond region. The program, dubbed the #RVAHistoryHunt, will launch on National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24 and is tailored to fit the unique challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Local museums are collaborating on a unique scavenger hunt experience for people across the Richmond region. The program, dubbed the #RVAHistoryHunt, will launch on National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24 and is tailored to fit the unique challenges of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It’s so important to foster community connection,” said Jamie Bosket, President and CEO of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC). “These scavenger hunts are designed for families and friends to immerse themselves in Richmond’s culture in a new and safe way.”

“We’re thrilled to be working on this project with so many important Richmond institutions,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Everyone deserves to feel that they can still engage with history and culture even with the limitations of social distancing.”

There will be two available hunts – one in which participants will physically hunt down items and one that can be completed entirely online with prizes available for each. Information on both versions of the scavenger hunt can be found here.

For the physically distanced scavenger hunt, Richmonders are invited to download the #RVAHistoryHunt PDF card from the website. Walking or driving, hunters will then use the PDF to locate specific items displayed externally at each museum. Hunters should then snap a photo of the object. Participants are encouraged to tag the location and include #RVAHistoryHunt in their posts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Anyone who publicly tags a participating location and uses the hashtag #RVAHistoryHunt will be entered in the prize drawing.

To participate in the digital scavenger hunt, users will scour the websites of participating museums looking for specific images, facts, or other content. Participants can submit their answers for the digital hunt here.

Everyone who competes in one or both of the scavenger hunts will be entered into a drawing to win one of a variety of prizes from participating museum stores. The #RVAHistoryHunt will run from May 24 through August 23.

Participating sites include Historic St. John’s Church, the Executive Mansion of Virginia, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, the Cole Digges House, the John Marshall House, Richmond National Battlefield Park-Tredegar, Maymont, Agecroft Hall & Gardens, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, the Poe Museum, the American Civil War Museum, Children’s Museum, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Virginia House, The Library of Virginia, the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, The Valentine, and the Science Museum of Virginia.

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