Glass cups with both the North Platte High School Bulldogs and St. Patrick High School Irish emblems sit on shelves. Printed aprons and other goods line shelves. Cecelia Lawrence’s tree wall hangings sit on a shelf.
All are products of the North Platte Public Library’s Creation Station. People can work with the 3D printer to design and print plastic goods, a laser printer for engraving, a heater press, a green screen, cameras, a button-maker and more.
The Creation Station will be at the library for 20 weeks through a Library Innovation Studies Grant and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Nebraska Library Commission, said Lawrence, the library’s director.
The station will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Creation Station closes an hour earlier than the library, Lawrence said.
After the 20-week period, library staff, the North Platte Public Library Foundation and Friends of the North Platte Public Library will work to raise funds to purchase the most popular equipment. Members will also be open to hearing about new equipment that residents hope to see, she said.
In a newsletter, Lawrence listed the last date of the sponsored equipment as Jan. 20, 2019.
“It definitely takes you back to that creative mode, maybe from when you were in school,” Lawrence said as she worked to perfect the design of her plastic trees, which she’ll hang on a wall. She also created plastic cats and owls.
Creators will train on the equipment first, and individual pieces do have age limits. Creators are asked to bring their own goods for printing, though the library does have some for purchase. Items listed in the newsletter cost from 8 cents to $8.
Lawrence noted the low cost of items and said the Creation Station is a great opportunity for someone to pay little for a product, then to sell them, either for a fundraiser or a personal shop. She also plans on seeing a lot of people in the Creation Station through Christmas, and said the library is looking for someone to staff the Creation Station.
“We’re here to help people facilitate their creativity,” she said.
But the staff is also there to show people how to use the equipment, “then let go.”
Source: The North Platte Telegraph – Grant brings makerspace to NP library