- About Us
Libraries have traditionally been in the book business with an emphasis on lifelong learning and literacy but have evolved and included books, audio materials, videos, digital formats and resources--in short, libraries are in the content business now. The emphasis remains on lifelong learning and literacy, but as with the variety of information formats, literacy has expanded to include technology literacy.
Libraries have long been the leaders in participatory learning in a shared community space where people can gather to discuss ideas and work together. The Maker Space brings people together to share their skills, ideas, work on projects, and enrich their lives.
In addition to being a community hub, the Library is the only place where this technology is available at no cost. This space allows community members to experience technology or activities that previously were not accessible due to cost.
Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. However, only Certified Makers and their children are allowed in the Maker Space. The space is open during all hours that the library is open. A library staff member will be available to help at all times the space is open.
The project has been 100% privately funded. The Library received a kick-off grant from the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Foundation in the amount of $45,000 and further funding from the DRA to the Library Foundation was granted. This was followed by a near $32,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and generous gifts from the Charles and Marjorie Schrup Family Foundation, the Henry Family Foundation and David and Carol Hammer. A grand opening of the space was held on January 21, 2017. If you would like to support the Maker Space click here to donate.