Hubbard Library unveils new Makerspace Room

HUBBARD — The Hubbard Public Library, 436 W. Liberty St., has unveiled a new Makerspace Room on the second floor that will allow patrons the opportunity to use new state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Amy Zell, coordinator of teen and virtual service, said Makerspace is a new area dedicated to 3-D printing and scanning, as well as augmented and virtual reality equipment and technology tools and toys.

Representatives from the Cleveland Public Library were on hand last week for the official opening of the room to help show off the technology capabilities available to the public. The Cleveland Public Library mobile teen lab showcased a laser engraver and Northeast Ohio Regional Library System had an emergency technology lab.

”This room and equipment are permanent additions to the library,” Zell said.

Zell said the augmented reality does topography, so when someone moves the sand using the equipment it showcases the different levels and shows how it is being moved.

The room also includes a laser engraver,virtual reality headsets, coding, Lego Mindstorm and other equipment that will engage individuals’ educational, creative amd professional lives, Zell said.

Zell said a goal is to get younger patrons to use the new equipment and show interest in the technology as potential careers.

Plans are for classes to be offered to the public that will include hands-on demonstrations on coding, 3-D printing and virtual reality.

“There will be a variety of things people can come in an use. Children will learn how to use circuits, robots and keyboards,” Zell said.

For information or reservations on using the room, call 330-534-3512. Ext. 2 or online at http://www.beyond-books.org

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