The Cambridge Public Library, which uses the name “Idea Exchange” has an interesting branch called the “Old Post Office”.
It’s Canada’s first all digital library, meaning that it’s focus is on technology, creation and connection rather than books.
While the newly expanded Picton Branch Library will certainly have print books (more than ever before, actually!) it will share some features with the Old Post Office. When the expansion is fully complete we anticipate having a Makerspace and creative technology lounge where you can use many of the pieces of equipment the library already owns in a welcoming and inspiring space with friendly tech help at your fingertips.
The library’s 3D printers will be available for you to create your own unique designs.
If you’re not sure of how you could use a 3D printer, we’ll have classes to teach and inspire you. The embroidery machine will also be available for you to embellish fabric items like shirts and bags. These are just a few of the technologies that will be available.
Who uses Makerspaces in public libraries? Everyone! Libraries often divide their spaces into “children” “youth” and “adults”, but Makerspaces are one area that transcends age divisions. Even toddlers can get creative in a Makerspace! For example last year, we asked children to draw something on paper and transformed their drawings into tshirts by scanning them and using the vinyl cutter. Makerspaces are also used by artists who may not need to own specific equipment such as a laser cutter but who can use them for a specific project.
We also anticipate that artists and makers will use the space to work on their own projects – just as some people like to work on their laptops in a coffee shop, creatives will be able to use the space as a place for inspiration. Currently with the Picton Branch lower level under construction, much of the Makerspace equipment has been moved to the Milford Branch and is available by appointment. The laser cutter is the only piece of equipment that is fully out of service until it’s reinstalled in the new building.
One of the library’s 3D printers is in operation at the Picton Branch and is regularly put to use by library patrons of all ages! If you have a project in mind, give us a call at (613) 476- 5962. We are also happy to make an appointment with you just to demonstrate the machine if you have never seen one in action. If you have ideas or suggestions for the Makerspace in the expansion, we’d love to hear from you.
Drop by the Picton Branch and share your ideas, or email email@example.com.