In last month’s newsletter we discussed our library makerspace area with our new 3D printers. We want to expand what we do with our makerspace area and the exciting thing about this possibility is the variety of ways we can make this happen. A makerspace is just what the name implies, an area to make things. These things can be made by high tech exotic machines or they can be things made from machines that have been around for many, many years.
We now have two sewing machines available for check out. One of the additions we want to add to our makerspace would be the combination of a couple more sewing machines, a serger, and an embroidery machine. A way to learn about these machines and the chance to actually use them is not a common as it would seem.
A key aspect of makerspaces is the freedom to experiment. Perhaps you have always wanted to try your hand at sewing but for whatever reason have never had a chance to. You might try sewing and find you love it, you might find you never want to look at another sewing machine again. Either outcome is okay, the main point is you had the opportunity try something new and find out for yourself.
It is not fully decided that we will add sewing machines or the other machines that go with them, but we feel they would be a valuable addition to our makerspace area. Some might feel going with this older technology would be old school. That’s okay, maybe it is, but it will teach those that are interested how to use these machines and give them the chance to explore something new. It gives them the opportunity to create and make something that they may have never had the chance if not for a library makerspace.
Another machine we would be excited to bring to our makerspace is a laser engraver. This machine is high tech and expensive and simply amazing. It will engrave a variety of different objects with just about any pattern you can come up with. Some of the surfaces that can be used to engrave a pattern on are wood, acrylic, glass, plastic, stone, fabric, anodized aluminum, marking metals and more. This may or may not be something that we add to our makerspace, but it is one of the high-tech machines that will be part of the manufacturing of the future and we hope to someday make it part of our makerspace area.
Hopefully this has given you some idea of what a makerspace in a library is and some of the ideas we are working on to make the most out of our makerspace area. We are always open to ideas wherever they come from and if you have an idea for what we could add to our makerspace area we would love to hear about it. These are the technologies of the past, present, and future and we want to make them available to all those that are interested.