Public libraries are increasingly transforming their library spaces, resources and programming to offer “makerspaces” that provide opportunities for library patrons to engage with others in hands-on learning and creation. On Wednesday, June 18, the White House will host its first Maker Faire on a day which will be observed as a national Day of Making.

Makerspaces in libraries allow patrons to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; they facilitate opportunities for collaboration and community engagement that will aid in entrepreneurial thinking as well as the next generation of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Reflecting this rising interest, the Library District will formally open its new Teen Media Lab on Thursday, June 26 at 1:30 pm. The Lab will provide our youth with a space and the technology with which to create and discuss their own interest-driven projects.