Ammanford Library will be encouraging people to get creative thanks to a project to create a new Makerspace room.
The new project will greatly increase the range of activities available and aims to attract people who have not traditionally used the library.
First stage ground works have been completed on the transformation of the former book stack at Ammanford Library in preparation for the development and roll-out of Makerspace within the library service.
The Makerspace project, will be known as “Stordy Creadigol – The Creative Store”
Carmarthenshire Library Services partnered with Communities First and Splat Cymru, to create this visually explosive space within the library building at Ammanford.
This initial stage of the project was fully funded by Communities First and the Library Service has been awarded £72,454 by Welsh Government to carry out the project which is due to be completed by spring 2018.
The library service wants to increase its wide range of activities by introducing Makerspace type services which will inspire creativity and innovation, a first of its kind in Wales. It is intended to encourage new people to the library, combining new and traditional core library services.
This exciting project is about collaborative learning spaces which encourage innovation and product design where people can gather to co-create, sharing resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. The aim is to fuel a new wave of creativity, problem solving and entrepreneurialism.
Types of technology on offer at the launch of Maker Space could include 3D printers and 3D modelling; DVD, VHS, camera conversion hardware and software; audio recording and editing booths, midi keyboard, mixers, DJ equipment, microphones; video/Image recording and editing booths; PCs with recording and editing software; PCs with software for coding mobile applications; games; software programs; databases; green screens for video production; portable lighting; LEGO Mindstorms; Interactive screens; VR headsets; Google Glass; Mobile devices (tablets and phones); Gaming devices (consoles and PCs); digital cameras and video recorders; fitness trackers; digitisation equipment; remote control devices, cars, robots, drones. It is supported by workshops, classes and lectures in areas such as digital and emerging media with local technology partners.
Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for culture, sport and tourism Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said: “The Makerspace room is brilliant and colourful and I’m really looking forward to seeing the project completed and people enjoying the facilities.”