A community partnership between Washington Township RecPlex and Washington-Centerville Public Library
On January 11, Washington Township and Washington-Centerville Public Library signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a makerspace to be located on the RecPlex campus, creating a hub for innovation, learning, and creativity. The space will function as both an educational center for STEAM activities, as well as an open digital fabrication and creation studio for the public.
“The Library has been supporting the maker movement for more than a decade through our maker programs and circulating maker kits,” said Patron Services Manager Bill Menker. “This partnership will provide the space we need to create a true studio-like makerspace with cutting edge equipment and technology not generally available in other venues.” Maker equipment planned for the space include a laser cutter/engraver, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, sewing machines, embroidery machine, soldering stations, dye sublimation printer, and more.
In addition to the open hours for people to use the equipment, the space will also be used for programming. Librarians and other experts will offer classes both low-tech and high-tech for patrons of all ages, skills, and interests to explore craftsmanship and gain access to new technologies. “This partnership with RecPlex allows for crossover opportunities with their afterschool programs, summer camps, and Enrichment Center,” said Menker. “We think it is a fantastic partnership opportunity and will be a tremendous resource for the community.”
The makerspace is expected to be open to the public sometime in the second quarter of this year. More details on the makerspace will be released as plans are finalized.
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