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Library opens “maker space”

imageBurlington’s first public makerspace has opened. I was delighted to participate in opening ceremonies as Deputy Mayor, alongside our MP Karina Gould,  MPP Eleanor McMahon, chair of the library board Nancy Douglas, and library CEO Maureen Barry. Councillors Craven, Lancaster and Taylor were also present.

Libraries have always been places of learning, imagination, and discovery. On March 6, the Central branch of Burlington Public Library launched the community’s first public makerspace, Ideaworks Studio, an area dedicated to creativity, innovation, and learning life skills through hands-on experiences.

Ideaworks Studio offers local residents the chance to access and learn how to use specialized tools and technology that can ultimately lead to invention and entrepreneurship.

Responding to the need for programs based in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, Ideaworks Studio maker programs use:

image• Vinyl cutter

• 3D printer

• Knitting machines

• Sewing machines

• Drawing tablets

• Weaving loom

• Green screen

• Negative/photo scanner

• VHS to DVD converter

• Basic robotics activities, such as Cubelets

• Basic circuit activities, such as Snap Circuits, Little Bits

Maker programs for seniors, high school co-op and volunteer opportunities, and partnerships with community makers are all in the works with more to come based on input from Burlington residents.

For more information:  www.bpl.on.ca/explore/crafts-maker

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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