According to Caitlin Bagley with ALA TechSource, ” Libraries are places of community engagement. Recently many libraries have begun to develop spaces for design and activities that both teach and empower patrons. The learning in these spaces varies wildly–from home bicycle repair, to using 3D printers, to building model airplanes. Fittingly, they are called makerspaces. .. Defining a makerspace can be somewhat difficult due to the differences among spaces and activities, but the emphasis is on creating with technology. .. The maker movement in libraries is about teaching our patrons to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions before running off to the store. In short, a makerspace is a place where people come together to create with technology.”
Closer to home, the Edmonton Public Library has now got a Makerspace, complete with Espresso Book Machine, two 3D printers, Lego Mindstorm Robotics kits and other tools, and a lot more. If you are interested, check out the links and do some online searches for Makerspaces.