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Every customer who visits the Toledo Lucas County Public Library brings a unique ability to create. Main Library’s Studio Lab is one way the Library makes those ideas a reality. With a wealth of technological tools, users can revive family memories and implement designs for the next generation.
As information and technology shift within society, the meaning of literacy expands as well. It includes the skills to think digitally. Toledo Library continues evolving to meet community needs. The Studio Lab’s open design strikes of inspiration. Its Making Lab now features a 3D printer, Cricut cutting machine, heat press, large-format vinyl cutter and large-format printer.
Rebecca Ransberger, Studio Lab supervisor and assistant manager for Computers and Media, said she enjoys speaking with customers about the Library’s devices. The 3D printer has so far created a Halloween mask, camera holder and dirt bike air filter.
“You just see the wheels turning when you start talking about it,” Ransberger said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, I could use this for that? And this for that?’ It’s really cool to see.”
The Studio Lab encourages access by offering tools for free use or at cost of supplies. Customers already know the Library as a place to visit and learn. This equipment is the next step in spreading important skills, Ransberger said.
You just see the wheels turning when you start talking about it.Rebecca Ransberger
Studio Lab supervisor
Media conversion equipment, such as VHS-to-DVD or updating slides and negatives, reformats old memories into a usable medium. There are several computers available with advanced editing software. The Studio Lab also has two editing studios and a recording studio for live talent. These will be open upon installation of sound panel equipment.
An Affordable Alternative
Ransberger said they want to ensure customers have an opportunity to learn. These Library tools allow for completing a project at little or no expense. Purchasing a 3D printer can cost several thousand dollars, while a Cricut machine is hundreds of dollars.
“For those who feel unsure because they have not used the equipment before, that won’t stop you. Come in. We’ll figure it out,” Ransberger said.
So, what will you make next? Embrace the do-it-yourself mentality! Check this calendar of upcoming creative events.