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: 

  • 3D printer (print jobs made by request) 
  • 3D printing pens 
  • computers with full Adobe Creative Suite software 
  • HD video camera + audio equipment 
  • green screen 
  • sewing machines 
  • die cut machine + variety of dies 
  • knitting + crocheting supplies
  • embroidery supplies 
  • macrame supplies
  • table loom 
  • jewelry making tools + supplies 
  • leather working tools 
  • wood burning tools 
  • laser engraver (engraves wood, cardboard, plastic, and leather) 

  • Cricut machine (Benton) 
  • Silhouette machine (Bryant) 
  • heat press machine 
  • polymer clay + tools 
  • Perler bead supplies 
  • heat foiling  
  • general art supplies (pastels, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, etc.) 
  • acrylic, tempura, and watercolor paint supplies 
  • scrapbook, origami, and quilling paper supplies 
  • guillotine paper cutter 
  • light tables 
  • label maker 
  • small laminator 
  • grommet tools 

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 ashlynw@salinecountylibrary.com to arrange a donation! 

Makerspace Programming

Each week teens and tweens can join Ms. Ashlyn for “Creation Station” Afterschool Makerspace Hour on Tuesdays from 4 PM – 5 PM. She will also be hosting “Make It!” adult-only Makerspace programs scheduled on one Saturday a month.

Check our calendar of events to see what is happening this month in the Makerspace!

How to make a Makerspace Reservation

Starting in January 2022, patrons will be able to reserve one-hour time slots in the Benton Makerspace during Makerspace hours. A reservation request does not guarantee availability. You will received a confirmation once your reservation is approved.

The Makerspace at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton will be open Tuesdays from 9 AM – 12 PM, Thursdays from 2 PM – 5 PM, and one Saturday a month from 1 PM-3 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Specific days/times cannot be guaranteed and available times are subject to change.
  • You will be contacted via email to confirm your reservation by the Friday of the week prior.
  • Only one reservation will be granted per person(s), per day.
  • Each reservation is for 1 HOUR of time in the Makerspace, which includes clean-up.
  • Your time will not be extended if you arrive late to your reservation.
  • If you do not finish your project in your allotted hour, your time will not be extended. You will have to submit another reservation request in order to complete the project at a later date.

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
Makerspace Kits