Missoula Public Library is Opening a Makerspace in the Library
WHAT: This will be a space for tinkerers and makers to learn about 3-D printing & scanning, electronics prototyping, and soft-tech development. Makerspaces are utilized by people interested in the Maker/ Do-It-Yourself movement, often for developing prototypes for small businesses. The library intends for the makerspace to evolve as volunteers come forward to teach classes and facilitate open creativity sessions. Classes on a variety of topics will utilize equipment as the library is able to acquire it. As patrons grow out of the library’s resources, they can move up to other makerspaces available in Missoula. “The Do-It-Yourself Movement is an area with tremendous growth,” said Honore Bray, the library’s director. “People need access to tools and a space in which to create. The library’s makerspace will give the community a place to create, learn, and stay competitive in a tough economy. “ INFORMATION SESSIONS: Information sessions will be held at the library on May 13th and May 20 at 7 PM. The public is invited to come and learn how to get involved as learners, or as teachers and mentors for makerspace activities.