Medfield Library to open new makerspace

A screenshot of Sprout PC program ‘Tinkercad’ shows a 3D model pattern that can be used to create a final 3D-printed product. Photos by Geena Matuson

By Geena Matuson
Hometown Weekly Staff

With the new Friends Bookstore moved to the main level of Medfield Public Library, what will take its place in the library’s lower level? Shelving and walls are coming down, and throughout May and early June the space once home to the bookstore is transforming into something new: a makerspace. Makerspaces are collaborative environments full of new technology, software and crafting tools for creating and hands-on learning. The Medfield Library is no stranger to new technology and associated programming, between its current 3D printer and the large display of tools and technology available for check-out. However, the library’s catalog is expanding and therefore more space is required; the new lower-level makerspace will be home to all of the library’s great tools and technology resources.

Director Kristen Chin has brought immeasurable innovation to the library over the last two years, and is always looking for ways to keep the library relevant and fun while also focusing on education and learning. Both the library and its new makerspace are a testament to STEAM innovation, as “the makerspace will evolve based on patron interests,” Kristen explains. “This is a space for children and adults to come and use new technologies and older crafting skills to make new things, hence the name ‘makerspace.’”

Thanks to the generous funding provided by Medfield Lion’s Club, new structural items such as countertops and a half-glass door will create a feeling of an open environment, organized and structured for all of the new technology to be included in the space. But what should this new space be called? The library is looking for the community’s ideas, and residents can submit your makerspace name suggestion into a box at the library.

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