Idea Studio @ FDLPL
CREATE - INVENT - LEARN - GATHER
What’s the Idea Studio?
The makerspace is a permanent do-it-yourself zone where people can gather to create, invent and learn. It includes work tables, equipment to use, display cases, a projector and screen, a demonstration kitchen and a digital recording studio. It will have space for DIY programs. New equipment is being added all the time. The full, updated list is available in handouts in the studio and HERE.
When is it open?
- Mon-Thu 3-8 pm
- Fri 3-6 pm
- 2nd & 4th Sat 9 am-4 pm
Can anyone use the Idea Studio?
Children 13 and over and adults are welcome to use the Idea Studio in a constructive way. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Some equipment will have age restrictions. This is a makerspace, so if the patrons are simply interested in relaxing and hanging out, they will be asked to do so in another part of the library. All patrons will be expected to follow safe-use practices, clean up after themselves and respect the space.
Can anyone use the equipment?
Some equipment, such as the littleBits, will be available to all without prior training. Other equipment, such as the recording studio and sewing machine, will require users to first pass a “badging” test that’s designed to teach proficiency in skills and safe use. Badging training sessions will be held at set program times and, eventually, in drop-in sessions. Once a person is badged, they can use the equipment without supervision (if they are age 13 or older). Lastly, there will be a few pieces of equipment, such as the laser cutter, that will be available only under direct FDLPL staff supervision and by appointment only. The kitchen is not a commercially licensed food preparation space. That means that food cooked at the kitchen cannot be consumed by others. The kitchen will be used for demonstration programs. The specifics on what equipment is available and their conditions will be shared in handouts and HERE.
Is everything free?
There is no charge to use the equipment, but some require fees for supplies. Specifics are spelled out in handouts at the studio and HERE.
How can I keep track of what’s going on at the Idea Studio?
Who’s staffing the Idea Studio?
A paid library employee will be on staff whenever the Idea Studio is open. That person could be accompanied by volunteers. These volunteers may have specific technical skills – some may lead badging sessions – but while skills are preferred, that is not a requirement. Eventually, the Idea Studio hopes to attract Makers-in-Residence. These people will bring a high-level skillset and use the Idea Studio as their working space for a given time, in a program similar to an artist in residence.
What about liability?
All persons taking badging training will be required to sign liability waivers.
How do I contact the Idea Studio staff?
Email [email protected] or call during studio open hours to (920) 322-3946