Tech play land opens Monday

Dec. 1, 2014

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Ave | Topeka, KS 66604
785-580-4486 | www.tscpl.org

Diana Friend, Communications and Marketing Director
Office: 785-580-4486 Cell: 785-554-5334
dfriend@tscpl.org

Leah Sewell, Communications Editor
785-580-4487
lsewell@tscpl.org

For Immediate Release

Library’s maker space opens Monday

The Make-It Lab is all about creating with the right set of tools.

(Topeka, Kan.) — Your library has a stellar reputation for good reason. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, a 2014 Star Library, a 2014 Top Innovator and a 21st Century library, is always improving and implementing new possibilities. And now it will soon be home to a brand new maker space.

If you can dream it, you can make it. That’s the idea behind the Make-It Lab, a new maker space opening Mon. Dec. 8 in the library’s media room. It will house a ton of equipment library customers can use to make, create, design, compose, record and manipulate.

The equipment at the Make-It Lab was provided as a gift from the Friends of the Library, and includes:

Software:
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
Google Sketchup
iLife Suite (Garage Band, iMovie)
Hardware:
Two iMac computers
Studio monitors
Scanner
Digital drawing tablet
3D printer (pictured at top)
Camcorder
Tripods and lighting
Microphones
The library will also offer specialized media bags for checkout at the end of January. They’ll contain tools for at-home songwriting, photography, video and field recording.

Why is the Make-It-Lab such a big deal? Because it provides a space for small business owners, entrepreneurs, creative professionals and amateur inventors to utilize equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford or access.

Here’s what customers will be able to do:
Record music, podcasts and oral histories
Create digital art
Create and edit videos
Edit and manipulate photos
Use a bevy of tech equipment (try before you buy)
Make physical products with the 3D printer
The space will be available for checkout via a reservation on the library’s website. Customers can pick up a key to the room at the media desk, after which they’ll have 3 hour access to the room. The 3D printer will be housed in the main media area for customers to use and observe.
About the Library
The Topeka & Shawnee County Library offers an outstanding collection of books, movies, music in print, digital and audio formats. It also features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, the Chandler Booktique, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and free computer/Internet access and training.

Library hours are Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

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Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.