SDG Library refashions Finch branch into the region’s ‘MakerLab’

From left, Jenna Lamarche (SDG Library District Supervisor), Amy Mayer (SDG Library MakerLab staff), and Library Board members Margaret McDonald and Tony Fraser, at the Grand Opening of the Library's MakerLab at the Finch branch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — The SDG Library branch here has been ‘remade’ — into the region’s ‘MakerLab.’

While some book shelves still remain, the 17 George St. facility (at the Finch arena building) now serves as a hub repository for the county Library system’s inventory of equipment dedicated to the tactile experiences of creating real things as well as handling real musical instruments.

Over 60 residents from all over the United Counties came out to experience the MakerLab’s grand opening, where they checked out the “MakerKidz” programs and 3D printer, Cricut machine demonstrations, and available guitars on the wall. A weekly program that offers hands-on maker activities for children ages 6 and up, some MakerKidz kits are distributed across SD&G’s library locations.

A Library patron might otherwise have to wait a day or two for these items to be shipped to their local branch, but they can immediately access the full gamut by heading to the now-specialized Finch branch, which was specifically chosen as the dead centre of the United Counties.

“We are very excited about launching this space” said Jenna Lamarche, District Supervisor with SDG Library. “The response from patrons and visitors has been very positive and we are looking forward to providing some unique and innovative programs here.”

The MakerLab’s debut comes as the SD&G Library adapts to changing times and, in this case, taps into the increasingly popular ‘maker movement’ and the penchant for crafting in the Pinterest era. Individuals or groups are encouraged to use the Lab to take on their own projects or to join one of the Library’s planned programs.

In operation since Sept. 3, the Lab’s Sept. 26 grand opening saw visitors tour the space, explore the currently available equipment and discuss future plans with staff. Library board members also attended, including North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser.

Amy Mayer (SDG Library MakerLab staff), Jenna Lamarche (SDG Library District Supervisor) and Cindy Bickerstaffe (SDG Library staff). 

 

 

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