Written by Randi Smith, South County Regional Library
Each morning as the South County Regional Library branch opens, patrons make their way through the building finding places to sit and work, browsing collections, and utilizing public computers and resources. Some of these patrons are here nearly every day, walking by our brightly decorated room and silently wondering: What exactly IS a Makerspace?
If you are one of those patrons, at South County or any other branch, or if you just happened across this post and find yourself asking the same question, you’ve come to the right place!
A Makerspace is a dedicated space for creativity and innovation. We utilize equipment and resources to get creative and bring your ideas to life! The possibilities are truly endless; from 3D printing prototypes to making personalized gifts, to designing t-shirts for your small business or recreational sports team, Makerspaces exist to create equitable access to resources and empower the community to create and innovate!
You can find dedicated Makerspace Studios at South County Regional, SouthPark Regional, North County Regional, and ImaginOn; although you can find makerspace programming at many more branches! Each Makerspace Studio features 3D Printers, Vinyl Cutters, Heat Presses, and Sewing Machines. Additionally, South County Regional also houses an Epilog Laser Cutter that can cut and engrave wood, North County Regional has a Button Maker, Cricut, and Embroidery Machine, and ImaginOn features a production studio.
If you want to start creating, contact the Makerspace at your preferred branch and ask about how to get started! South County Regional has one-on-one appointments available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as well as various monthly guided workshops! You can tour the South County Makerspace every Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM or make an appointment at picktime.com/sormakerspace.