"One of the most unexpected roles the Central Library hopes to take on is that of a makerspace, also referred to as a hackerspace. These are essentially community open labs where patrons can stop in and work on just about any kind of technological, artisan or craft project imaginable. Plans are in the works to partner with Sector67, a makerspace on Winnebago Street, to bring the hacker concept to the library in a portable manner on a regular basis. Area quiltmakers, animators, welders, printmakers, brewmasters and other experts will bring in their wares and introduce them to interested patrons through workshops, day classes or lectures. The library doesn't have to invest in permanent equipment, and those whose interest is sufficiently piqued can go back out into the community and seek more of what they learned.
"It's not just a place to go to get stuff, but a place where they can come and contribute," says Mickells. "To offer their talents for the entire community, that's where the transition is happening with the library. It's not that we're just being providers; we're providing opportunities for others in the community to provide the content that we can share throughout the city."
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