Rural Libraries Hosting Movable Makerspaces
The Nebraska Library Commission is using a $531,000 grant to purchase “mobile” maker labs and spread them into rural communities for five months at a time. Nine libraries have been chosen to host what’s being called “Library Innovation Studios.” These join 18 other libraries that were previously selected for the same program in 2017.
The Studios project provides a rotating set of makerspaces that contain creative tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and film and photography equipment. The project uses makerspaces hosted by the public libraries to offer participatory learning experiences to local residents. The idea is to stimulate creativity, innovation and the exchange of ideas to promote creativity, learning and …