Maker space to expand thanks to multiple grants

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) The maker space area of the Hastings Public Library has been a popular spot since added during renovations completed in 2017. Now, the offerings will be growing, thanks to multiple grants.

The Hastings Library maker space area will have new features thanks to multiple grants

Librarian Tim Lentz says the grants are mainly from the Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Library Commission.

Library assistant Erica Rogers says there will be new offerings that even she hasn't seen before.

"We're getting a CNC router. We're going to be getting a large vinyl cutter," said Rogers. "So, those are two things I'm really excited about."

Lentz says a fully equipped maker space helps with a more broad definition of literacy, something he says now includes more than being able to read a book.

In the 21st century, literacy is a lot more than that," said Lentz. "It's being able to look at these tools, being able to take these tools and then - not only learn sort of how they work, but master them and create things on their own."

New devices for the maker space will be arriving over the next two weeks. Once library staff is fully trained, they will be available to the public. Rogers says with the new grants, people will be required to take training sessions on all maker space devices before they can use them.

More information can be found on the Hastings library web site.