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Public Libraries and Makerspaces

November 24, 2013 10:09 AM | Leslie Contos
Public Libraries are evolving to increasingly reflect the digital information age.  You have probably already downloaded  e-books from your library website and your kids may have checked out computer games from the local branch.

There is also a current movement to create digital media spaces and makerspaces within libraries. In Chicago, the library system has partnered with Digital Youth Network to create an expanding YOUmedia program which provides spaces filled with computers, tablets, digital cameras, editing software, and mentorship for any teen with a Chicago library card.  A makerspace is also open at Harold Washington Library, offering 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutter, milling machine and design software. 

What's important to understand is that this is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a national movement within public libraries.  The idea of a library makerspace likely won't be a new idea for your local librarian; and resources for librarians such as websites offering project ideas for library maker spaces are popping up. Since this may already be on their radar as a program for consideration; now may be a great time to encourage your local library to create a makerspace in your community.

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