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Northeast Times | October 28, 2021

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North Texas Library Consortium Member Library to Open 4,800 Square-Foot Full Service Maker Space

North Texas Library Consortium Member Library to Open 4,800 Square-Foot Full Service Maker Space

The North Richland Hills Public Library is a member of the North Texas Library Consortium and they are excited to announce that The Maker Spot will be opening in 2015 in the North Richland Hills Library. This project is made possible by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It represents a partnership between the North Richland Hills Library, the Tarrant Makers and the North Texas Library Consortium of which the John Ed Keeter Public Library of Saginaw is a member as well as 11 additional libraries.

A community maker space, The Maker Spot, will be installed in a 4,800 square-foot space at the North Richland Hills Library. Consortium member libraries like Saginaw will greatly benefit from this project that will include training for personnel as well as Maker kits to use at their locations for their patrons. The Maker Spot will be a collaborative work space where children, teens and adults can participate in hands-on learning opportunities through access to emerging technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. The Maker Spot will provide access to resources that support the following areas: 3D printing, audio-visual production and editing, electronics and robotics, science (as a hands-on, collaborative area), soft crafts and will also house a training center.

Public libraries represent an established gateway to continuing education for their communities. The legacy mission of the library as a learning resource is evolving to align with a 21st century role wherein libraries represent a diverse, creative channel for patrons of all ages and go beyond book check-out.

For more information, and to sign up for updates and event information, visit www.themakerspot.org.