Library floats “makerspace’’ concept


Local officials are asking for public feedback on the proposed creation of a “Makerspace,” or a workshop intended for those who do activities with their hands like woodworking, sewing, and building computers. The survey, drafted by Watertown Free Public Library officials as part of the process of preparing a comprehensive plan to guide the community’s growth over the next two decades, asks residents which activities they like the most and what technology or tools they’d like to see in a workshop. Leone Cole, the library’s director, said the initiative might start out as classes and other opportunities to partake in “maker” activities. Cole said the library hopes to establish a permanent facility for the workshop, but does not have a list of possible locations. The idea has already garnered some buzz: Residents taking part in the survey, at www.envisionwatertowncompplan.com , have requested cooking classes and poster-size printing equipment, and brainstormed on where the workshop could be located; one suggested an old library branch. However, Cole said, she was not sure when Watertown could expect to see the Makerspace come to fruition. The library is also seeking donations, both monetary and equipment, for the workshop. For more information, visit www.watertownlib.org.

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