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Calling all designers. Makerspaces coming to Gloucestershire libraries


A new service has been launched which will allow easier access to 3D printers and Lego Mindstorm robots with Stemworks in Gloucestershire libraries this month

Innovation labs, also known as ‘makerspaces’, are spaces for creativity and collaboration using digital technology. To kick off the development, a programme of hands-on events across the county’s libraries has started this month, specifically to showcase new technology.

The first events will be held in Chipping Campden Library on Saturday 21st October, followed by Hucclecote Library, on Saturday 4th November, both from 10am-1pm.

Coding and simple electronics will also be available at Hucclecote and smart phone users will have a chance to try out virtual reality technology.

These fun sessions will be aimed at the whole community. Further sessions with business forums and other interested groups will be planned.

Available to people of all ages, this investment will allow libraries to create spaces where anyone can explore their creativity with a range of digital technology and support access to science and technology in the county.

The state-of-the-art digital and electronic equipment and skilled staff will provide support for all residents.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “This is a really exciting way to expand and develop the services we offer from libraries.

“I hope these sessions will help both local residents and local businesses see some of the potential that new technology has.  Perhaps the next Bill Gates or Ada Lovelace is out there waiting to be inspired!”

Jane Everiss, head of library services said “This is an exciting new service for Gloucestershire Libraries and we are keen for these events to kick off a lively conversation about how the library innovation labs should develop”. 

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