AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) – The downtown Amarillo Public Library has a new service, MakerSpace, where it offers free tools and materials for different trades and projects.
This service is free for anyone on condition of showing up with their library card.
The library says this service is a great tool for those who want to try something new without spending any money.
“If you want to try it and experiment and say oh here I’ll try it this time we already have it, you can’t just take it off the shelves of a craft store and start hammering, but here you can and see if you like it, ”said Cynthia Hunt, programs specialist at Amarillo Public Library.
They have a lot of different options for tools and materials.
“We have a variety of different tools and materials to work with, we have leatherwork, we have sewing, we have knitting, hobbies like pattern making, we have a long arm quilt machine, a few small metal fabrications, we’ve got a little bit of everything, ”said Ben Wilting, digital services librarian, Amarillo Public Library.
If you don’t know how to use or craft something, they will teach you.
Hunt says the MakerSpace has many advantages.
“It gives people the opportunity to create in a very positive and supportive environment and for me creativity is like a muscle, the more you create the more creative you become, so if you keep coming and learning new skills, that “It’s great for your memory retention, it’s good for your craziness,” Hunt said.
They also have a YouTube channel, where they post step-by-step videos on how to complete different projects.
Different programs are also offered, where they teach you how to complete a certain project.
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MakerSpace is open seven days a week.
It is open to all ages, but aimed at adults. If a teenager or child enters, rules are in place for their safety and require that they be supervised by a guardian.
MakerSpace was funded in part by grants from the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services.
Other funding came from capital improvements at the Friends of Amarillo Public Library and the City of Amarillo.
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