What's Happening: May 2021
LPPL is very excited to bring you our MakerSpace area and our Library of Things at the Thibodaux Branch. A special thank you to the Thibodaux Friends of the Library for their very generous donation to make these new collections possible.
Why are Makerspaces areas needed in public libraries?
By implementing makerspace areas in public libraries it allows students to engage in critical thinking skills and active learning outside of the classroom. For adults, it is way to be crafty without the expense of purchasing the machines themselves. For all ages, it allows the ability to utilize new tools and resources to reach a final product - all while having fun.
So how do you start?
There are two ways to start using our Thibodaux Makerspace, one way is to go to the library and ask to use a piece of equipment, the second way is to call the Thibodaux Branch at 447-4119 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to reserve the item(s) you wish to use. By reserving the item you are guaranteed that when your time comes no one will be using the machine.
What items are available for use?
Cricut Easy Press
Ellison Die Cut Machine
Comb Binding machine
LED Light Pad
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Xyron Create-a-Sticker Machine
Xyron Creative Station Lite
What is the Library of Things?
The Thibodaux’s Library of Things are items that are available for checkout for at-home use. For now the majority of the items are all crafting supplies that take a while to use.
Currently we have:
Knitting Needles and Crochet Needles of various sizes
addiEgg Knitting Machine
addiExpress Knitting machine
These items can be taken home for 1 -2 weeks depending on the item.
How much does it cost to use items in the Makerspace or Library of Things?
The use of the machines or crafting items are free with a Lafourche Parish Library card. Some of the machines require a specific type material to make them work, such as: magnet paper, comb binder, sticker paper and button making supplies. These specialty items can be purchased for a nominal fee when using the equipment.
Check out our makerspace page on our website at www.lafourche.org for more information and user guides for the machines. Our database, CreativeBug, also has some great crafting videos that will inspire you to get crafty with our machines. Watch for new items for these collections in the future.
- Laura, Library Director