Tech Central is a state-of-the-art technology center located on the 3rd floor of the Riverfront Library, unmatched by any other library in Westchester County. Programs and workshops held in Tech Central help patrons gain knowledge, develop confidence in their computer skills, and introduce emerging technologies to our Community in a technologically advanced and inclusive space, all absolutely free. We also offer one-on-one tech help during designated hours.
3D printing is offered for free at the Riverfront library. You can design your own 3D object OR download a 3D file. The file must be in *.stl format. Click here to submit a 3d print request.Click to view our 3D printing policy. Click to register for a 3D printing workshop.
Available after school for Teens 12-19 every Thursday at 4pm and Tweens 7-12 every Tuesday at 4pm in Tech Central and every Thursday at 3pm at the Will library.
Designing: Free 3D design programs are available online, such as tinkercad.com, sketchup.com and autodesk.com.
Downloading: 3D objects can be downloaded for free from tinkercad.com or thingiverse.com.
Our printers: We have three 3D printers at the Riverfront Library: a Makerbot Method, a Makerbot Z18, and a Makerbot Replicator+. Our printers use PLA (polylacticacid) filament, a bio-plastic made from cornstarch and sugar cane.
Colors: If you have a specific color request for your item, we will do our best to accommodate you. Objects print in one solid color.
We have several VR units, including HP Reverb headsets, Oculus Go, Quest, Quest 2, HTC Vive and an HTC Vive Pro. Experience a thrilling roller coaster, walk out on a ledge of a high rise building or watch an educational video. All types of experiences await you in an alternate reality!
VR in the classroom! If you are a Yonkers Public School teacher, contact us to find out how to incorporate virtual reality into your classroom with ClassVR. Common core curriculum available in every subject for every class level. Click to fill out a ClassVR request form.
The Riverfront library offers free large format printing, up to 3 requests per month. Email your print request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yonkers Public Library strives to advance the three core aspects of digital inclusion: digital/technology skills, access to low cost wi-fi, and computer access in the library, as well as a laptop lending program. With participation in such programs as Reconnect with Tech and the Yzone, we connect our patrons with the tools they need to participate in every life. In addition, our Job Search Coach is available for one-on-one virtual meetings to help prepare resumes, teach interview skills, and other job-related services.
The Learning Lab is our technology classroom, equipped with HP laptops, iPads, Smart Board, 9 ft. drop-down screen, LCD projector, designed with assistive listening technology (Induction Loop). We offer technology classes on Microsoft Windows & Office, Adobe Suite, QuickBooks Accounting software, Google Suite, 3D printing, Social Media, Internet, Cybersecurity and more. We also offer free printing on our HP Design Jet large format printer. Click here to access the large format print request form. Click to access the Monthly Technology Class schedule.
The Maker Lab is a do-it-yourself space for creating and learning. We offer many STEM workshops, arts & crafts, food programs and more for every age group. Make, create, cut craft, sew, learn a variety of skills on science, tech, arts & crafts. Visit our website to find the next schedule maker program or contact us to reserve the space for your small group/class.
Maker lab equipment includes: cricut machine, engraver, Ozobot robots, arts & crafts, legos, sewing machine, circuit sets
Create a podcast or Youtube video in our media lab. Our green screen walls provide the perfect backdrop for your self made videos and make video editing easy. Practice playing an instrument or borrow a keyboard or guitar.
The TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is ideal for high school math and science.
STEM & Technology
More than a Glitch
When technology reinforces inequality, it’s not just a glitch—it’s a signal that we need to redesign our systems to create a more equitable world.
The word “glitch” implies an incidental error, as easy to patch up as it is to identify. But what if racism, sexism, and ableism aren’t just bugs in mostly functional machinery—what if they’re coded into the system itself? In the vein of heavy hitters such as Safiya Umoja Noble, Cathy O’Neil, and Ruha Benjamin, Meredith Broussard demonstrates in More Than a Glitch how neutrality in tech is a myth and why algorithms need to be held accountable.
Broussard, a data scientist and one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, masterfully synthesizes concepts from computer science and sociology. She explores a range of examples: from facial recognition technology trained only to recognize lighter skin tones, to mortgage-approval algorithms that encourage discriminatory lending, to the dangerous feedback loops that arise when medical diagnostic algorithms are trained on insufficiently diverse data. Even when such technologies are designed with good intentions, Broussard shows, fallible humans develop programs that can result in devastating consequences.
Broussard argues that the solution isn’t to make omnipresent tech more inclusive, but to root out the algorithms that target certain demographics as “other” to begin with. With sweeping implications for fields ranging from jurisprudence to medicine, the ground-breaking insights of More Than a Glitch are essential reading for anyone invested in building a more equitable future.
The Age of AI
Three of the world's most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society--and what this technology means for us all.
An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI-powered jets are defeating experienced human pilots in simulated dogfights. AI is coming online in searching, streaming, medicine, education, and many other fields and, in so doing, transforming how humans are experiencing reality.
In The Age of AI, three leading thinkers have come together to consider how AI will change our relationships with knowledge, politics, and the societies in which we live. The Age of AI is an essential roadmap to our present and our future, an era unlike any that has come before.
Hidden Human Computers
Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
In a captivating memoir, an Egyptian American visionary and scientist provides an intimate view of her personal transformation as she follows her calling—to humanize our technology and how we connect with one another.
LONGLISTED FOR THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • “A vivid coming-of-age story and a call to each of us to be more mindful and compassionate when we interact online.”—Arianna Huffington
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PARADE
Rana el Kaliouby is a rarity in both the tech world and her native Middle East: a Muslim woman in charge in a field that is still overwhelmingly white and male. Growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, el Kaliouby was raised by a strict father who valued tradition—yet also had high expectations for his daughters—and a mother who was one of the first female computer programmers in the Middle East. Even before el Kaliouby broke ground as a scientist, she broke the rules of what it meant to be an obedient daughter and, later, an obedient wife to pursue her own daring dream.
After earning her PhD at Cambridge, el Kaliouby, now the divorced mother of two, moved to America to pursue her mission to humanize technology before it dehumanizes us. The majority of our communication is conveyed through nonverbal cues: facial expressions, tone of voice, body language. But that communication is lost when we interact with others through our smartphones and devices. The result is an emotion-blind digital universe that impairs the very intelligence and capabilities—including empathy—that distinguish human beings from our machines.
To combat our fundamental loss of emotional intelligence online, she cofounded Affectiva, the pioneer in the new field of Emotion AI, allowing our technology to understand humans the way we understand one another. Girl Decoded chronicles el Kaliouby’s journey from being a “nice Egyptian girl” to becoming a woman, carving her own path as she revolutionizes technology. But decoding herself—learning to express and act on her own emotions—would prove to be the biggest challenge of all.
Wonder Women of Science: How 12 Geniuses Are Rocking Science, Technology, and the World
What does it take to be a STEM genius? Check out these exciting, highly readable profiles of a dozen contemporary women who are on the cutting edge of scientific research.
Searching the cosmos for a new Earth. Using math to fight human trafficking. Designing invisible (and safer) cars. Unlocking climate-change secrets. All of this groundbreaking science, and much more, is happening right now, spearheaded by the diverse female scientists and engineers profiled in this book.
Meet award-winning aerospace engineer Tiera Fletcher and twelve other science superstars and hear them tell in their own words not only about their fascinating work, but also about their childhoods and the paths they traveled to get where they are--paths that often involved failures and unexpected changes in direction, but also persistence, serendipity, and brilliant insights. Their careers range from computer scientist to microbiologist to unique specialties that didn't exist before some amazing women profiled here created them. Here is a book to surprise and inspire not only die-hard science fans, but also those who don't (yet ) think of themselves as scientists. Back matter includes reading suggestions, an index, a glossary, and some surprising ideas for how to get involved in the world of STEM.
The Age of Living Machines
From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution, and how it will change our lives.
A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, aircraft, radar, nuclear power, computers, the Internet, and a host of still-evolving digital tools. These technologies so radically reshaped our world that we can no longer conceive of life without them.
Today, the world’s population is projected to rise to well over 9.5 billion by 2050, and we are currently faced with the consequences of producing the energy that fuels, heats, and cools us. With temperatures and sea levels rising, and large portions of the globe plagued with drought, famine, and drug-resistant diseases, we need new technologies to tackle these problems.
But we are on the cusp of a new convergence, argues world-renowned neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies—next-generation products that have the potential to be every bit as paradigm shifting as the twentieth century’s digital wonders.
The Age of Living Machines describes some of the most exciting new developments and the scientists and engineers who helped create them. Virus-built batteries. Protein-based water filters. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Mind-reading bionic limbs. Computer-engineered crops. Together they highlight the promise of the technology revolution of the twenty-first century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.
Raising Humans in a Digital World
Sexting, cyberbullying, revenge porn, online predators... all of these potential threats can tempt parents to snatch the smartphone or tablet right out of their children's hands. While avoidance might eliminate the dangers, that approach also means your child misses out on technology's many benefits and opportunities.
Raising Humans in a Digital World shows how digital kids must learn to navigate this environment, through
- developing social-emotional skills
- balancing virtual and real life
- building safe and healthy relationships
- avoiding cyberbullies and online predators
- protecting personal information
- identifying and avoiding fake news and questionable content
- becoming positive role models and leaders.
This book is packed with at-home discussion topics and enjoyable activities that any busy family can slip into their daily routine. Full of practical tips grounded in academic research and hands-on experience, today's parents finally have what they've been waiting for--a guide to raising digital kids who will become the positive and successful leaders our world desperately needs.
Praise for Raising Humans in a Digital World
"If you need practical, positive advice on how to handle your and your kids' digital lives, look no further. This book tackles the risks and addresses the potential harms, while keeping our eyes on the prize of the remarkable rewards that the online world brings."
--Stephen Balkam, founder & CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
"Raising Humans in a Digital World is not only a timely book, it's essential reading for every parent, grandparent, and teacher. Diana Graber empowers you through her educational (proven and practical) curriculum and engages you through anecdotal stories."
--Sue Scheff, founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts and author of Shame Nation, Google Bomb, and Wit's End
"Brilliant, compelling, and essential are the first words that came to my mind when reading Diana Graber's Raising Humans in a Digital World. Diana not only taps her own exemplary expertise but also assembles a "who's who" of digital thought leaders to deliver a treasure trove of pragmatic advice via an engaging storytelling style."
--Alan Katzman, founder and CEO, Social Assurity LLC
"Diana Graber not only shows parents how to create safe and responsible relationships in this ever-changing digital world, but she gives them the powerful tools to navigate through the many aspects of what is required to keep kids safe online. The misuse of technology and the cruel behaviors that take place daily by kids and teens can be changed, and Graber shows this in her informative and educational book Raising Humans in a Digital World. The book should be every parent's bible as a resource to ensure that their children are responsible and safe."
--Ross Ellis, founder and CEO, STOMP Out Bullying
"This beautifully written book gives you the tools to raise healthy kids in a digital world. The anecdotes underscore the thoughtfulness of today's youth and their hunger for learning how to navigate their world well, instead of just being warned off by fearful adults. It is thoughtfully organized and theoretically sound, and will empower parents to have some of those much-needed conversations with their kids."
--Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director, Media Psychology Research Center and faculty member, Fielding Graduate University
Life in Code
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review, GQ, Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, Bookforum, and Kirkus
The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, the author of the seminal Close to the Machine
The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman lived and worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she tells the continuing story of the changes it wrought with a unique, expert perspective.
When Ellen Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and went on to become a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world. In 1997 Ullman wrote Close to the Machine, the now classic and still definitive account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution.
Twenty years later, the story Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. It is necessarily the story of digital technology’s loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasn’t. Life in Code is an essential text toward our understanding of the last twenty years—and the next twenty.
Make: 3D Printing
The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, this book makes it easy to understand this complex and constantly-shifting topic.
Based on articles and projects from MAKE's print and online publications, this book arms you with everything you need to know to understand the exciting but sometimes confusing world of 3D Printing.
Office 2016 in Depth
Beyond the Basics...
Beneath the Surface...In Depth
Do more in less time!
Whatever your Microsoft Office experience, don't let Office 2016 make you feel like a beginner! This book is packed with intensely useful knowledge, tips, and shortcuts you just won't find anywhere else. It's the fastest, best way to master Office 2016's full power, and the great new features built into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote. This friendly, expert guide will make you way more productive... whether you're creating documents, analyzing data, delivering presentations, designing newsletters, taking quick notes, or managing your life!
- Take full advantage of Office 2016's cloud integration
- Use Insights for Office to quickly access information
- Easily create complex Word documents, from books to mail merges
- Coauthor Word documents with collaborators in real time
- Build flexible, reliable Excel workbooks with formulas and functions
- Transform data into insight with Excel charts and PivotTables
- Discover best practices for creating great PowerPoint slides, handouts, and notes
- Take advantage of the new Tell Me Box, which provides access to contextual and traditional Office help features including the new Insights pane
- Use Outlook 2016's Clutter feature to clear away low-priority email
- Create visually compelling documents of all kinds with Publisher 2016
- Gather, organize, share, and use knowledge with OneNote 2016
- Get more done faster by integrating OneNote with other Office 2016 components
- Discover Microsoft's new mobile Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10
All In Depth books offer
- Comprehensive coverage, with detailed solutions
- Practical, real-world examples with nothing glossed over or left out
- Troubleshooting help for tough problems you can't fix on your own
This book is part of Que's Content Update Program. As Microsoft updates features of Office, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. See inside for details.