“Libraries are some of my favorite places, and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. The obvious reason for that is that they’re full of books, but they’re so much more than that, too. They’re quiet places of respite, while simultaneously being places that embrace community. And the rise of technology hasn’t diminished their relevance at all – quite the opposite, actually. Libraries have always been the first access point to new technology for a lot of people. I can actually remember using the Internet for the first time at my school library, opening up a browser window and not having any idea how to navigate past the library’s home page. That’s kind of laughable to think about now, but how many people had that same experience as their first exposure to the Internet?
Similarly, many people experienced 3D printing for the first time at a library. More and more libraries, both school and community ones, are beginning to offer access to 3D printers – and sometimes full makerspaces. The Kearney Public Library in Nebraska recently added a makerspace as part of its public offerings, and the staff are excited to open it to the community…”