There are exciting plans coming up soon at the Georgetown Branch. Our periodicals room is being transformed into a maker space. Wikipedia defines a maker space as “a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate.” We will be purchasing things like 3D printers and scanner, sewing machines, a vinyl cutter and a heat press.
These machines are things that you might know how to use, or would like to learn, but purchasing them for home use might be out of your budget. We will offer classes to the public to show people how to use these things and then have them available for use. (The Main Library has at least one 3D printer currently available to the public.) This will all be available to the community to use for a very minimal cost. Main Library currently charge $3 to print a 3D object.
Georgetown recently received our first 3D printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2. Lisa, the branch manager, and I were so excited unboxing and firing it up. We are getting all of our staff acquainted with how the 3D printer works. We plan to have this available for public print jobs beginning Monday, December 4. We have been busy making a variety of objects to demonstrate the myriad ways 3D objects can be used. All of our staff are also learning how to create our own 3D designs using Tinkercad.
The possibilities are so exciting! Please join us at the Georgetown library as we explore ways to put science, technology, engineering, art, and math to use!