PLYMOUTH – Terryville Public Library is continuing to survey residents on what they would like to see included in a planned “makerspace.”
Gretchen DelCegno, library director, said that the makerspace is envisioned as 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 library has received about 60 responses to their survey. The survey period will continue through March, with Terryville Public Library aiming to establish the makerspace by June or July.
“The answers we received have been very helpful for looking at what initial equipment we will purchase,” said DelCegno. “We have had a lot of interest in traditional art such as painting and sculpture as well as textile art such as knitting, crocheting and quilting.”
Another thing that residents have expressed an interest in is gardening.
“We’re trying to get more information from them,” she said. “Our town already has a community garden and we could connect them to those resources if that’s what they are looking for. If they are looking for planting boxes, that would involve woodworking tools and if they are looking to make Terracotta pots then that’s more clay-work.”
Residents, she said, have also said that they are interested in coding, programming, Photoshop and video/audio editing.
The Library Board is also meeting to come up with plans for how the makerspace will initially open, depending on what covid-19 safety requirements may look like at the time.
“We may be utilizing some of the equipment outdoors in socially distanced spaces,” she said. “We may also let individual households set aside time slots that they can come in and use the equipment instead of having large classes. We’ll have to see what the situation looks like. We’re looking at different scenarios so that we will have a strategy regardless for making it accessible to people.”
Terryville Public Library is also conducting a naming contest for the makerspace. The contest winner will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card. Each person may submit up to two entries. Those who wish to participate can email their submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 31 and include their name, mailing address and e-mail address. They may also drop off ideas to DelCegno at the Terryville Public Library.
The library website has a list of names of other makerspaces from around the country as examples.
“We’re hoping that people who are considering names will take into account not just STEM sounding names, but choose something community-focused too,” she said. “We hope that the name will incorporate our town’s rich industrial history.”
DelCegno added that the library staff is happy to walk residents through with using computers to participate in the survey as well as to register for vaccine appointments and tax appointments
To participate in the survey or the makerspace naming contest, visit terryvillepl.info/services/library-makerspace.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.