DATE: January 8, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT; Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – What will you create? Broward County Libraries Division announces the upcoming opening of Creation Stations at several Broward County Library locations. The first will be a makerspace and gadget lab at Main Library, located at 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, 954-357-7444. This Creation Station is preparing for a soft opening in January, with the date to be announced shortly. The Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County.
The Main Library Creation Station makerspace is a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items. Makerspaces often include tools and equipment too expensive or specialized for most people to own, as well as provide a gathering place for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate.
Broward County Libraries’ Creation Stations will feature cutting-edge technology including 3D printers, allowing anyone to become a creator, innovator, designer or engineer. The uses of 3D printers are extensive and growing. Templates are available that replicate broken parts of machinery, such as screws and knobs, making it quick and easy to print your own replacement pieces. Users can engineer and print a phone or card case, lamps, clocks, coffee cups and household gadgets. Musicians have created 3D instruments including an acoustic guitar and flute. Artists can sculpt their designs and print them for free, while DIY fashionistas can create jewelry and accessories.
“Creation Stations open the doors to a whole world of individual creativity and entrepreneurship for Broward County,” states Broward County Libraries Division Skye Patrick. “As Mayor Barbara Sharief stated in her recent Mayoral Address, our theme for 2014 is “Broward County Means Business.” Creation Stations will provide a vital community service that helps level the playing field for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Creation Station will serve as a pathway for Broward County youth to ignite their imagination in a 21st Century digital learning environment. We are currently looking for opportunities for partnership to increase our combined level of engagement."
Creation Stations also provides a creative learning opportunity for all, encouraging community engagement and collaboration. As part of Broward County Library’s mission is to provide convenient access to a full range of innovative services that satisfy our customer’s changing needs, Creation Stations will fulfill this. Adults, families, teens and children can utilize equipment, technology and programming that enable new forms of learning, creativity, personal manufacturing and business opportunities.
Broward County Libraries have traditionally helped the community bridge the digital divide by providing free internet service, public-access computers and access to expensive software such as Photoshop. Free classes in a variety of computer programs, as well as in general computer literacy, downloading materials and courses for seniors, teens and speakers of Spanish, are available in most library locations. The Creation Station will add another component to its already existing, vital community services.
Each Creation Station will be different and offer unique creative opportunities. Broward County Libraries are also planning Creation Station portals at most Broward County Library locations. These portals will provide customers with computers that feature specialized creative software for 3-D modeling, video editing, Photoshop, audio/video production and more. As more Creation Stations open, updates will be posted on Broward.org/Library/CreationStation.
For more information on the Creation Station or other Broward County Library news and events, please contact Catherine McElrath, firstname.lastname@example.org, 954-357-7402.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, Broward.org/Library which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.