It’s time to get creative at the West Lincoln Library with the arrival of MarkerSpace, allowing people to use many new resources.
“The library is more than just books. It’s really a community space. We’re really inviting everyone to visit and check out all the great new technologies available and check out our books,” explained Loraine MacDonald, supervisor of library administrative services.
Included in the MarkerSpace is a 3D printer, two Cricut machines, a green screen, sewing and embroidery machines, a button maker, a VHS to DVD converter, and a virtual reality headset.
For certain tools, like the virtual reality Oculus Quest 2, it allows guests to do more than just have fun. It also offers the opportunity for learning.
“A lot of people think of video games and things like that, but they can walk on the moon. They can visit Anne Frank’s house, they can tour ancient Egypt,” added MacDonald.
While some of the tools, like the button maker, are able to be used by library patrons at any time, others require a training class to be taken before they’re used.
“The MakerSpace allows anyone in the community to work creatively and collaboratively, using their imagination and technological innovation. Community members can now create custom clothing and jewelry, mugs and decals, and even unique toys such as jigsaw puzzles and game pieces. There are so many possibilities,” added Vanessa Holm, CEO of West Lincoln Public Library.
For items like the sewing machines, Cricut, and 3D printer, guests do have to pay a small fee to cover the cost of materials used for their product.
“The cost of a lot of these devices are out of reach for some families, so the fact that they can come to a public space and have access to these devices is huge,” explained MacDonald.
The community has already been able to make use of certain items, like the 3D printer, before the MakerSpace opening, allowing staff to see a variety of things that people are using it for.
“We feel so proud to offer all of these new resources to our community; 3D printing, for example, not only is it fun to be able to create detailed models and swords and little keychains, but we’ve also found they can actually make really reliable tools to help with everyday items,” said Sarah Nicholson, library services supervisor.
Additional information about MakerSpace and services offered at the West Lincoln Public Library can be found online at westlincolnlibrary.ca.