Library, RecPlex opens up a tech-rich “creative space” for residents

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Walk-in appointments may be possible, but are not guaranteed. More information is available at www.wlibrary.info/makerspace.

Patrons learn how to make buttons at the new Creativity Commons inside the Washington Township RecPlex, Thursday, June 16, 2022. The initiative is powered by Washington Public Library Twp.-Centerville and takes place in a rented space of 800 square feet within the RecPlex. CONTRIBUTED

Patrons learn how to make buttons at the new Creativity Commons inside the Washington Township RecPlex, Thursday, June 16, 2022. The initiative is powered by Washington Public Library Twp.-Centerville and takes place in a rented space of 800 square feet within the RecPlex. CONTRIBUTED

The new offer complements a wide range of Creation Kits already on rotation at the library, including everything from astronomy, birdwatching and calligraphy to knitting, robotics and video blogging. Customers can also discover musical instruments.

“If you’re interested in this kind of thing and just want to try it out before you go out and buy a thousand-plus-dollar instrument, you can check that out through us,” Quinlivan said.

Creation kits for kids include Magna tiles, coding and a variety of other options, she said.

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Creativity Commons was born just over a year ago when Liz Fultz, the library managerhad a conversation with RecPlex Director Mark Metzger about the idea, Quinlivan said.

“We’ve had Maker Kits at the library since 2016, and they’ve been very popular, so we knew there was growing momentum for this interest in MakerKits and creating things on your own,” she said. . “It’s really kind of a next-level DIY movement.”

Bill Menker, the library’s patron services manager, took care of searching and finding each piece of equipment, Quinlivan said.

“We obviously want to grow with our community, and this is another offering that I think will accomplish that,” she said.

The library has had programming partnerships before, but Creativity Commons is the biggest so far, she said. This is part of a 2-year agreement between the two entities allowing the library to rent part of the RecPlex.

“We’re really excited to be here,” Quinlivan said. “We adapt a lot to that 800 square feet of space.”

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