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A smiling girl watches a machine in the makerspace

Welcome to your Greene County Public Library makerspace—coming to the second floor of Xenia Community Library. The makerspace will be an open lab where patrons can engage, learn, and play with both new and traditional technologies. The makerspace houses a variety of equipment, from sewing machines to 3D technology to a CNC mill.

The makerspace is set to open to the public in early 2017. Library staff members specially trained in technology will be available to help with all types of projects, from prototyping for small businesses to assisting with school projects for students.

“Libraries are all about literacy,” says Cara Kouse, the library’s Innovation & Makerspace Manager. “Making these technologies available to the public is another way we are teaching people important life skills.”

Patrons can look forward to watching the makerspace’s continued growth over the next few months with the addition of a recording studio slated for late 2017. The library is also planning to circulate maker kits to each of its seven community locations.

Use of the makerspace and its equipment will be free of charge, except for a minimal fee to cover the cost of materials for each project. We’ll be posting more information on the Greene County Public Library website as the makerspace continues to develop, so check back for updates!

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