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What is a Makerspace?

The term “Makerspace” may be new to your vocabulary but if you have participated in any of Richland Library’s craft, science or technology programs you have already used our facilities as a place to learn and create. A makerspace is simply a dedicated area to tinker or experiment with various materials and tools. From providing access to basic craft supplies to offering advanced manufacturing equipment, the goal of a makerspace is to enable the public to create.

In response to the do-it-yourself movement, such spaces are popping up around the world to support communities in their artistic and inventive endeavors. Every makerspace is different because they reflect the needs and interests of the local community. Equipment provided in these spaces can vary from being technology and media focused to electrical, engineering, or arts and crafts centered.

Being involved in a local makerspace comes with many benefits. According to the American Library Association, “Makerspaces in libraries allow everyone to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; they facilitate opportunities for collaboration and community engagement that will aid in entrepreneurial thinking as well as the next generation of STEM jobs. They provide access to tools (from books to 3D printers) and, most importantly, access to each other” (M.G.)

Did you know that the second floor of the Main Library is currently being renovated to provide this type of adult hands-on learning? We want to hear about your hobbies and maker interests. Comment below this post to share with us what you would like to make and what equipment you would like to use at the library.

To find out more about makerspaces, visit the online directory of maker locations around the world or check out the following library resources.

M. G. (2014, June 13). American Library Association supports makerspaces in libraries. Retrieved March 14, 2016, from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/06/american-library-associat...


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