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City Spotlight: The Makerspace at the Louisville Public Library

Post Date:02/05/2020 9:35 AM


Nestled in the corner of the 2nd floor of the Louisville Public Library (951 Spruce Street), you’ll find a creative paradise equipped with a 3D printer, a Cricut paper and vinyl cutter, sewing machines, and more. The Makerspace, funded by the Louisville Public Library Foundation, is available for Library patrons to use free of charge with or without the help of a knowledgeable volunteer or member of staff.

Since January, Library patrons have been able to attend a Makerspace Open Lab on Monday evening, Wednesday morning, or every other Friday afternoon to use the equipment for projects ranging from one of a kind t-shirts, vinyl stickers, dressmaking, or simple programming in languages like Scratch. Makerspace programs are available monthly and cover a variety of topics like basic wood working, crochet, glass etching, iron-on decal design, and watercolor painting.

Commenting, Technology Librarian Jenni Burke said:

“The Makerspace is a meeting place for creativity in our community. If you’re interested in traditional crafts like quilting or scrapbooking, or if you want to try out photo editing on the Macs or 3D printing then the Makerspace is a great place for that. In addition to our ongoing programming and 3D Modeling Labs, our new Open Labs are a great way to welcome everyone of all skill levels and interests.”

Available within the Makerspace you’ll find two sewing machines with basic quilting functions, Cricut craft cutters (for vinyl, Cricut Cuttlebug embosser, fabric, paper, leather, matboard, and balsa wood), Lulzbot Mini 3D printer, SparkFun Inventor’s Kits (for programming), a digital camera (with light box, green screen, and white muslin backdrop – upon request), and a keyboard and sound equipment (upon request), and various basic fiber arts and art supplies.

In addition to the equipment available to use in the Makerspace, the following equipment can be checked out with a library card: GoPro, SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, digital camera and tripod, telescope, microscope, Cricut electric craft cutter, and a BB-8 Robot.

Find out more

Visit the Library’s Makerspace website for full list of equipment, tutorials and guides, and further details.

The Makerspace Open Labs are listed on the City’s calendar. No registration is required.

Starting in early-February, the Makerspace can be booked for a two-hour window throughout the week. Please note these sessions are unsupervised and no support is available with the equipment during this time. Booking will be through LibCal.

If you have any questions about the Makerspace, contact Technology Librarian Jenni Burke.

To find out more about the Louisville Public Library Foundation, visit their website.

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