Library Vehicle will Carry Exciting Tools and Technology for Intergenerational Learning
Providence Community Library (PCL) will take the PVD Young Makers Initiative and other technology-based programs on the road this summer. The specially equipped Everyplace Makerspace vehicle will enable staff to transport makerspace equipment and materials to neighborhood schools, recreation centers, parks and to the buildings of community organizations. People of all ages will be able to learn how to code, sew, design, create and build using equipment, technology and materials that were previously restricted to library locations.
The project is the idea of PCL’s IT Manager, David Sok, and made possible in part by a $45,300 Studio Rhode grant from the RI Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Studio Rhode grant will purchase exciting equipment and materials, including the following items: a vinyl cutter, 3-D Printer, Surface Pro devices with pens, programmable Dash Robots, 360-degree (virtual reality) cameras, a poster printer, sewing machines with carts, a 4K laser projector and giant inflatable screen, plus STEM sets, building kits and a giant tent. PCL will provide the vehicle that will house the new equipment and materials.
Everyplace Makerspace builds on PVD Young Makers, a City of Providence-funded initiative that has brought makerspace tools, workshops, classes, and open studio time into the ten public library buildings in Providence. The new mobile makerspace will encourage hands-on, intergenerational exploration of materials, parts and 21st century technology tools and particularly will benefit preschool, elementary and middle school youth (ages 4 -13) as well as camp counselors, parents and caregivers. Trained staff will accompany the Everyplace Makerspace around the city and offer programs over an eight-week period, starting July 1.
“PCL is thrilled to be able to bring stimulating makerspace programs into every corner of the community,” said PCL Director Cheryl Space. “Together with Summer Learning in the Schoolyard, our summer reading project which provides comprehensive mobile library services at ten elementary schools in July and August, we will be able to offer Providence families an even bigger choice of free summer learning opportunities, wherever they are needed," she added.