DATE: Februrary 7, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - What will you create? Broward County Libraries Division announces new "Sneak Peek" hours for the new Creation Station, a makerspace and gadget lab located at Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The Creation Station is free and open to the public.
The Sneak Peek hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The Creation Station makerspace is a community center equipped with tools and equipment such as state-of-the-art computers and 3D printers that are usually too expensive or specialized for most people to own. It also provides a gathering space for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate.
The uses of 3D printers are extensive and growing. Users can engineer and print items such as phone or card cases, lamps, clocks coffee cups and household gadgets. Currently, Hershey's Chocolate is developing a 3D printer that will let consumers print their own custom chocolates. Musicians can create 3D instruments, artists can sculpt their designs and print them for free and DIY crafters can make jewelry and accessories.
Customers can access the Creation Station's Tech Bar to try out tablets or print their own 3D creations using Google Sketchup. New, state-of-the-art MacIntosh computers are available for public use and Leap Motion technology turns ideas into reality with a brush of the hand.
"The Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County," says Broward County Libraries Division Director Skye Patrick. "The Creation Station will serve as a pathway for Broward County youth to ignite their imagination in a 21st-century digital learning environment."
As part of Broward County Library's mission to provide convenient access to a full range of innovative services that satisfy our customer's changing needs, Creation Station will enable new forms of learning, creativity, personal manufacturing and business opportunities. Broward County Libraries have traditionally bridged the digital divide by providing free internet service, public- use computers and access to expensive software such as Photoshop.Free classes in a variety of computer programs as well as general computer literacy, downloading materials and specialized courses for seniors, teens and speakers of Spanish are available in most library locations. The Creation Station will add another component to the Library's already existing community services.
Additional, smaller Creation Stations and Creation Stations Portals are planned for other Broward County Library locations. Each Creation Station will be different and offer unique creative opportunities. The Creation Station Portals, which will be available in most Broward County Library locations, will provide customers with computers that feature specialized creative software for 3D modeling, video editing, Photoshop, audio/video production and more. As more Creation Stations open, updates will be posted at Broward.org/Library/CreationStation.
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.