A library’s role in the community is to provide leadership in learning. In this new digital age, that role becomes increasingly important as access to new technologies will help people of all ages build the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed. Huntington Memorial Library’s mission is to strengthen the community by providing an environment that supports life-long learning. One of the ways that we will accomplish this is by providing access to state of the art technology such as 3D printing. According to the American Library Association, “3D printing expands the frontier of the ongoing digital transformation of our society, and library professionals are helping people and communities take advantage of this development. Library 3D printing is empowering people to engage in creative learning, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems.” 3D printing is an especially important technology for adults because it helps support their ability to continue to compete in an increasingly technological world.
HML seeks to advance learning and creativity through digital technologies and to provide these technologies by making them affordable for all. 3D Printing is becoming more and more common in manufacturing, design and commerce. 3D Printers are expensive to own and use but at the library, users will only pay for the consumable materials which makes it very affordable.
The first half of 2016 has been spent planning and developing policies and implementation plans. We have been incorporating aspects of STEAM into our children’s programs and kicked off the Minecraft Program this summer. Lego Robotics will be incorporated later this year. We’re now happy to announce that beginning Saturday, August 6th, the library will host Tech Open Hours or STEAMQuest every Saturday in August from 10:00-11:45am. Come tinker with the Moss Robot, Pocket Minecraft on tablets, Lego Robotics, snap circuits, Littlebits, microscopes, circuit stickers and an art project.