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Terryville Public Library wants to create a makerspace

Published: Friday, 7 August 2020 10:32

Terryville Public Library
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PLYMOUTH – “Calling all Makers” - Terryville Public Library has scheduled a virtual meeting for Aug. 11 to discuss creating a library “makerspace.”

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. over Zoom. Gretchen DelCegno, library director, explained that makerspaces are “creative community workplaces” where people can build things and experiment with art, craft and technology projects while sharing materials, tools, and ideas.

“The makerspace will serve as an idea lab and creation space for all, including kids, students, parents and lifelong learners to explore their creativity and cultivate their imaginations in interactive, hands-on ways,” she said.

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.

“These days, there are few places where you can just walk in and get hands-on access to a breadth of tools and technology for free,” said DelCegno. “There are even fewer places where you have the opportunity to work alongside others in the community to share knowledge and learn these skills together.”

Although planning remains flexible in consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic, DelCegno said that the library hopes to open the makerspace area in early 2021.

“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 said that community members of all ages are invited to attend the virtual meet up to learn more about the “maker movement” and provide input on the types of tools and technology to be included in the makerspace. They can also participate in the planning process for the creation of the space.

A contest will also be announced to create an innovative name for the new library makerspace.

To receive the Zoom link, email DelCegno at gdelcegno@biblio.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.