Schoolchildren went straight to the top of Welsh Government to talk about the new Makerspace in Ammanford Library.
Pupils from Ysgol Rhydaman chatted with Culture, Sport and Tourism Minister, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas when he visited the new digital store – known as Stordy Creadigol – on Monday.
The state of the art creative hub sparked interest from national media including BBC Wales Today, Newyddion 9 and Radio Cymru who came down to see what is was about.
A first of its kind in Welsh libraries, the technology on offer at the library 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 and a green screen and much more.
The council’s executive board member for culture, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said: “The children had a great time trying out the new digital equipment and learning how the different pieces of equipment worked and what could be produced from them. It was lovely to introduce a new generation to our libraries – this is a prime example of how we can move with the times to create a space for knowledge, reflection, and participation in an ever-changing world.”
The project was funded by the Welsh Government.
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said: “I was delighted to officially open Stordy Creadigol in Ammanford Library. This new digital creative learning environment provides an extensive range of technology-based facilities which will attract new audiences to the libraryand create opportunities for people to learn new skills, gain confidence and possibly even start a new career. I am very pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support such an innovative project through its Transformation Fund for museums, archives and libraries.”