3D Printers, crafting supplies, photo printing, sewing machines, a Shotbox portable photo studio, video editing software; these are just a few of the things available to the public at the Petoskey District Library’s Makerspace, and now the Library is excited to expand that list due to a $4000 grant awarded by the Bay Harbor Foundation, a $3500 grant awarded by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and a gift from the Friends of the Petoskey Library.
The grants provide funds to support purchase of new equipment and kits for the lower level area of the Library known as the Makerspace and Teen Area, including a laminator for public use, and more. The newest addition is smartboard technology. A smartboard is essentially an interactive white board which can be connected to one or more laptops, PCs, tablets, or other electronic devices. This smartboard will be used for Library programs and classes, teen activities, and will be available for individuals and organizations who book the Library classroom for their meetings.
Makerspaces are popping up in libraries everywhere. They provide residents access to hands-on learning experiences that can not only enrich lives, but spark imagination and creativity and give people the opportunity to use tools that they may not otherwise have access to. In addition to equipment, the PDL Makerspace has various kits including embroidery, knitting, soldering, and rock polishing. Many of the tools and kits are free to use, though some require training with library staff.