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Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Library buys 3-D printer for ‘Makerspace’ program

The Quincy Valley Library Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of a $10,000 donation from Microsoft Columbia Data Center in support of North Central Regional Library System’s “Makerspace” Programs.
NCRL provides these and a wide variety of opportunities and services to the public at 29 library locations throughout Grant, Douglas, Chelan, Okanogan and Ferry counties.
Libraries are no longer simply a holding area for books, they are community hubs. People gather at the library to share ideas and enrich their lives. Computers and internet are now the standard in libraries and are often in demand. Unemployed individuals can come to the library and apply online for jobs. Kids can do their homework (or play games) at the library.
But did you know that libraries are now becoming more than books, computers and the Internet? Libraries are becoming creating spaces, often called Makerspaces.
Makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.
The $10,000 Microsoft donation will be used to purchase multiple 3-D printers and supplies to take a user’s design work to actual production right on site and in real time.
The Quincy Public Library will have 3-D printers and some of their creative productions on display on July 25, during the Quincy Downtown Association’s annual Market Day celebration. The public is invited to come, learn and marvel at the wonders of 3-D printing and the future of the technology.
The Quincy Valley Library Foundation thanks the Microsoft Columbia Data Center for its generous donation and for supporting the North Central Regional Library and the foundation.


— By Schiree Ybarra, Quincy Public Library