The library as an inventive space

'Libraries have always adapted to what their communities need,' says Westport's library director, launching the 'Maker Space' concept.

3 July 2012

The impetus for the Maker Space originated from the Mini Maker Faire, an exposition in April at the library that featured works by 60 local inventors and attracted more than 2,200 visitors.

With the help of young 'makers', local builder and designer Joseph Schott is overseeing construction of two 15-foot wooden model aeroplanes that will hang from the ceiling of the library's Great Hall by the end of the summer.

This is the first project to be launched in the library's new 'Maker Space', described as a growing trend towards creative user participation in the library space. Schott will serve this summer as the Maker Space's first maker-in-residence. There is an interview with Schott on the library website.

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