Update 9/12: Construction on the MakerSpace starts Monday, September 16, and will last 4-6 weeks. Pardon our noise and dust!
If you’ve been in the Library this week, you will notice that the AV collection has been moved. This shelf shift is the first phase of the Library’s new MakerSpace project. The Media Desk will be in a temporary location while the construction takes place. Full construction of the MakerSpace will begin in mid-August and should last approximately 4-6 weeks. Watch our social media channels and website at deerfieldlibrary.org/makerspace for information about the opening of the new space.
The new MakerSpace is going to house STEAM-related equipment and provide additional table seating for people to use all hours the Library is open. When the construction is completed, we will have a new, larger service desk across from the book return, which will serve Media and additional patron needs.
When the MakerSpace opens, it will feature the following equipment for patron use:
- 3D printers
- Laser engraver (generously sponsored by the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library)
- Sewing and embroidery machines
- Vinyl cutter
- Digital Media Lab equipment (primarily for conversion of older technologies to digital files)
- Large format printer
- Recording sound booth
The Library is committed to meeting the needs of our community. We undertook this project as part of the Library’s current Strategic Plan. From our research and planning in 2016, we knew there was an interest in increased STEAM-related offerings. The STEAM acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Since 2017, we have continued to add new STEAM programs. These have included our popular 3D printing programs, as well as Tech Drop-ins, that provide a casual opportunity to see new technologies in action.