Simsbury Public Library to Launch “Innovation at Work” Program

The Simsbury Public Library will run a series of programs as part of “Innovation at Work”, a project that will introduce and use new technology, such as 3D printing, to highlight technology’s influence on the current workforce and workplace and how it will ultimately shape the work of the future. A variety of multi-generational programs and community conversations will set the context of new technology as the springboard for innovation and creativity.
The Innovation at Work program will kick off with an Innovators’ Fair on Saturday, April 26, when the Library’s new 3D printing lab will be launched.  Informational programs in May will have Jeffery Shook of Talcott Mountain Academy demonstrate how 3D printers work and how they are currently being implemented in different work environments. There will also be a conversation led by Attorney Tom Rechen about the ethical implications of 3D printing, from guns to human organ replication. In June, local dentist Dr. Lawrence Christian, who uses 3D printing in his office, will talk about using technology to innovate and Balam Soto, Maker-in-Residence at Westport Library will consider how innovation will change our world and workforce. In July, as a means of connecting the present and future through the past and demonstrating the use of technology and innovation, a history of the Ensign-Bickford Company, established in Simsbury in 1836, will be presented. All programs will be held at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow Street and can be found on the Library online calendar at www.simsburylibrary.info or by contacting the Library at 860-658-7663. All programs are free and open to all. Registration is suggested.

This program is part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long conversation on the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities. “We are thrilled that a grant through Connecticut Humanities’ Connecticut at Work initiative will give the people of the Farmington Valley a forum to discuss ways in which we can use technology to promote innovation in the Greater Hartford area and statewide. We want to draw everyone into the discussion:  techies, artists, entrepreneurs and the next generation of workers, tweens and teens – anyone interested in innovation and creativity!” said Simsbury Public Library Director, Lisa Karim.

Connecticut at Work travels across the state through December 2014. The program features the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition with stops in seven communities: New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford and Groton. Surrounding communities are adding local focus with community history exhibits, book and film discussions, author talks, performances and more. Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the Hartford area, Connecticut at Work is a partnership with Hartford Public Library and Greater Hartford Arts Council. The Connecticut tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. For a calendar of events and more information, visit cthumanties.org/ctatwork.


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