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Library getting permanent makerspace


August 25, 2017

Sidney Public Library is getting a permanent maker-space workshop.

A $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the library to purchase equipment and establish a telepresence with University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Studio.

“We’ll have microphones and web cameras set up at the individual work stations and the expert from Lincoln will be able to come in and see what you’re working on,” Andrew Sherman, library director, said. “Our Smith room is a classroom environment, and they’ll be able to lead programming remotely from Lincoln.”

With the funds, the library will purchase a laser cutter, larger 3D printer, CNC router, tele-presence equipment, additional computers, and a computerized sewing, quilting machine.

“It’s a big, long arm sewing machine that allows you to run large quilts, things like that, through it, and be able to stitch and sew,” Sherman said.

The library will also purchase smaller equipment, including electronics kits for hands-on STEM education classes.

“The grant focuses toward youth but we’re looking to do some programming for adults, to come in and use the space and equipment,” Sherman said.

Only $50,000 will go toward equipment, with the rest covering salaries for UNL staff for programming over the next two years.


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