What is Makerspace?
For many people, making something can be both a difficult and rewarding experience. While we might have the motivation and all the lofty ideas of what we would love to create, finding the time, space, and available tools can be a whole other barrier – unless you have access to a makerspace.
Physically speaking, a makerspace is a communal space that contains tools, equipment, and materials that allow for people to come in with an idea and leave with a completed project. It is the physical representation of all things STE(A)M – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
As part of the maker movement, Makerspaces emphasize and encourage hands-on discovery, natural creativity, and innovation in ALL users, regardless of age, gender, or “talent.” You do not have to be an artist to utilize Makerspace. They are environments made specifically for exploring, challenging your imagination, finding inspiration, embracing mistakes, and creating new things (or even just enhancing what already exists).
Here at Saline County Library, Makerspace – in conjunction with our Library of Things – fully encompasses the idea that “We Are More.” We are “rewriting tradition” by providing our community with tools, materials, and invaluable educational experiences with which they normally would not interact. Whether crafting or tinkering, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination!
What is IN Makerspace?
Makerspace equipment available for patrons to use includes:
- general art supplies (pastels, colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, hot glue guns, etc.)
- acrylic, tempera, and watercolor paint supplies
- 3D printer (available by request only)
- 3D printing pens
- computers with Adobe Creative Suite software
- photo printer
- HD video camera + audio equipment
- green screen
- sewing machines
- die-cut machine + variety of dies
- fiber art supplies (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, macrame)
- table loom
- jewelry-making supplies
- leather-working supplies
- wood-burning supplies
- Glowforge laser engraver (available by request only)
- Cricut machine (Benton)
- Silhouette machine (Bryant)
- heat press machine
- sublimation printer
- mug heat press
- polymer clay supplies
- Perler bead supplies
- heat foiling pens + supplies
- Shrinky Dink supplies
- scrapbook, origami, and quilling paper supplies
- comb binding machine + book-binding supplies
- guillotine paper cutter
- light tables
- label maker
- small thermal laminator
- grommet tools
- building toys (legos, Picasso tiles)
- soldering tools
- heat guns
To reserve the use of certain high-demand equipment, complete and submit an Equipment Use Request. The Glowforge laser engraver and 3D printers are the only machines that a request is required; however, use of other high-demand equipment can only be guaranteed via request.
When can I use the Makerspace?
The Benton Makerspace is open Mondays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thursdays from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The Bryant Makerspace is open Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Makerspace hours are subject to change for holiday or other circumstances. Please check our online calendar for most updated hours.
Suggesting Materials and Equipment
Our list of available tools and supplies is continually growing, and we’d love to know how we can better our serve our community, as well! Have interest in a specific craft or tool? You can submit suggestions for things you’d love to see in our Makerspace! Have tools or materials you’d like to donate? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a donation!
- Creation Station on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM in Benton
- Teen Crafternoons on Mondays at 4:00 PM in Bryant
- Teen Drawing Club on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM in Benton
- Loops & Love on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in Benton
Check our calendar of events to see what is happening this month in the Makerspace!
Library of Things: Makerspace Kits
Special "kits" include all non-book, activity-type "things," such as board games, kitchen equipment, children’s learning kits, Makerspace crafts, and various equipment available for checkout. Just SOME of the Makerspace-specific kits include a sewing machine, foil art pens, rock tumbling, yarn crochet, leather working, wood burning, watercolor painting, polymer clay, brush calligraphy, and embroidery kits.Check Out the Library of Things