The Makerspace is open during regular library hours.
About the Makerspace
What is a “Makerspace”?
A Makerspace is a place that provides new opportunities to the community by making tools, materials, special equipment, and skilled individuals accessible. It’s a fun, creative place for people to share and develop their abilities, explore their passions, and help inspire others to do the same. People in our community can host events, provide mentorship to those who seek it, collaborate on projects/ideas, and more.
Our mission is to provide a central accessible hub of equipment, tools, materials, and community for developing confidence, independence, and identity through knowledge, experience, and technology. We strive to inspire people to take control of their learning, environment, and future. To teach people how to learn and access information, and how to problem solve and think critically. We believe everyone should have the freedom to explore and create, find their passion, and share that passion with others.
We’re downstairs in the basement. Look for the elevator with the “HPL Makerspace” sign. Once you’re in the elevator, press the “Make” button. Once in the basement, you’ll be looking at our storage hallway. From there, go forward and to the left. If you’re having trouble finding your way, ask a staff member.
In our Makerspace, you can:
- Learn about programming
- Develop your own video game
- Explore 3D printing
- Sew and embroider
- Tinker and craft
- and more!
What is a “Maker”?
A maker is anyone who wants to learn, create, tinker, explore, collaborate, share, teach, innovate, or socialize. Teachers and students, caregivers and children, professionals and entrepreneurs, and ultimately our community all benefit when we make and create together.
The Library Makerspace is being funded in part by the generous endowment from the Arlene Jennings Trust, appointed to Hutchinson Public Library by Deborah L. Mosier. Debbie was a teacher in the Hutchinson area. We think she’d be proud of what we have started with her gift.
Use the Makerspace
I don’t know where to start. How do I learn how to do all this stuff?
If you’re not sure where to begin, start with a staff member. We have basic experience and give you an introduction. Once you’ve gotten your feet wet, continue learning at your own pace via library resources (such as Lynda.com), online videos/forums/articles, and first-hand experience. Alternatively, you can choose to participate in our maker events, courses, one-on-ones, or group gatherings.
What sort of projects can I do?
Be sure to check out our projects[Insert Projects Link Here] page. There, we showcase a few of the projects completed in the past. Hopefully, this will spark some ideas. Otherwise, check out websites such as instructables for more. Talking to other makers and staff is also encouraged.
How much does this cost?
We don’t charge for use of equipment or tools, we only recoup costs for certain consumables of ours. This includes 3D printer filament, CNC materials, and Cricut materials. Donated or recycled materials are always free for use while in the Makerspace, though we do reserve the right to limit patrons if we feel their use of those materials is inappropriate or wasteful.[Insert Prices Link Here]
Will you finish a project for me?
This is a DIY area. We can help you get set up and provide technical assistance, but unfortunately, we may be unable to assist you with the details of your project. We have a small reference collection available and we’ll be happy to direct you to some self-learning opportunities.
Can I pay you to…?
Sorry, we’re not staff-for-hire. We are here to enable and empower you to accomplish your goals.