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Guided walks will help La Jolla's environment!


Join the La Jolla/Riford Library and the La Jolla Historical Society for a tour of La Jolla's canyons. Participants will be asked to collect plants and bugs that they find along the way to have them identified by their DNA sequences, contributing to our understanding of La Jolla's unique ecosystem. Sign up for one of the two hikes here:

Saturday June 30th from 9-12 in Rose Canyon 

Saturday July 14th from 9-12 in Kate Sessions Canyon

teachers teaching kids how to code


California is heading towards a mandate that will require every child to be taught computer programming in the public K-12 system. The only problem is that there are not enough teachers to teach all of the kids! Here's where UCSD and our library come in. Recently, undergrads from UCSD School of Computer Science and Engineering held a workshop at the La Jolla/Riford library. The purpose was not only to teach the kids how to code, but also to teach the teachers "how to teach" and understand the mechanics of teaching. These students were not necessarily going to become teachers down the road, but as part of the experience of learning to code, one needs to understand how to teach coding.  And one of the best outcomes is inpiring kids to learn more about computers! 

Click here to see the video on CS Foreach: Teaching Computer Science in Informal Space



Kudos to 95-year-old Paul Canin, pictured here, who recently learned how to use our 3D printer to make a bagel-hole cutter. 3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model by laying down many thin layers of material in succession.  Life-long learner and former architect Paul and his wife, Helen, were visiting their nephew Allan Kleinman, a resident of La Jolla Shores, when Paul expressed an interest in learning about 3D printing.  Suchetta Sharma, a member of the La Jolla/Riford Library volunteers, demonstrated the technique in our Innovation Lab. Paul has a workshop in the basement of his home and makes many things of his own design in wood, plastic, silver and, apparently, bagel dough.  And, Paul recycles too. He will not discard the “holes,” but intends to reshape them into breadsticks.

If you too would like to learn how to use 3D printing, stop by during lab open hours