PLYMOUTH – Terryville Public Library has received strong support from the community as plans to establish a “makerspace” move forward.
Gretchen DelCegno, library director, said that 10 people attended the virtual meeting that the library held on Aug. 20 which began the conversation with the community. A “makerspace”, she said, is a “creative community workplace” where people can build things and experiment with art, craft and technology projects while sharing materials, tools, and ideas.
“So far the feedback we received was that we are moving in a positive direction,” said DelCegno. “There were no changes proposed for what we had planned. Two local educators expressed an interest in being part of our planning group.”
DelCegno said that the makerspace will be located on the library’s upper level. It will give the community free access to “state-of-the-art tools and materials for crafts, robotics, textile design, digital videography, podcasting and 3D printing.” The makerspace will also have a “computer guts” area where kids can take apart a computer to learn how all of its parts work together. The library hopes to open the makerspace in early 2021 and DelCegno plans to seek community input for what to name it.
Since the virtual meeting, DelCegno reached out to “CT Hackerspace,” located in Watertown, and “MakerSpaceCT,” located in downtown Hartford, for input from those involved in previously established spaces.
“We thought we would try to do a tour of CT Hackerspace and MakerSpaceCT with our planning committee as the next part of the plan,” said DelCegno. “We’re also planning to talk to them about what equipment we need to get started. The makerspace will grow over time and after a year it will probably look a lot different than it will when we first start.”
DelCegno said that she also hopes people from the community with a variety of skill sets will reach out to her to provide input.
“When the makerspace opens, library staff and volunteers will be able to mentor kids and adults in the space to support learning, inspire creativity, and nurture opportunities for the next entrepreneur, inventor or artist to emerge,” she said. “They will also use the space to enhance and expand the library’s existing programs for all ages.”
DelCegno encouraged those with questions and those who want to provide input to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.