Melissa Library opens maker space

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Youth Services Librarian Rainea Urbina is excited to show off the new makerspace at the Melissa Public Library.

The staff at the Melissa Public library spent much of the summer putting together a new maker space. Now they are ready for the community to see what they have created. 

“We’ve been building this area up and we are really excited with the progress that we’ve made with it,” Youth Services Librarian Rainea Urbina said. 

The biggest attraction at the moment is the recently installed Cricket machine. It can be used to make mugs, t-shirts, key chains, and many other crafty items. Use of the machine and supplies are free for now.   

So far it has proven to be an extremely popular addition.  So much so that the library will be hosting its second Cricket for Beginners class.  The course is scheduled for Oct. 16, and attendees will get to make a shirt. Those interested in taking the two-hour class will need to register online ahead of time. 

Another popular addition to the maker space area is a large poster-making machine.  For a small fee, the library can transform small designs into oversized posters.   

Other attractions in the maker space area include a die-cut station, Lego table, record player and newly added comic book collection. The library also recently added a new collection selection of games.  Staff tried to add different ones that aren’t commonly found in local homes. 

According to Urbina, the library staff’s goal was to create a place where people could come make things and enjoy the library. She says it’s been exciting to see their vision become a reality. If things go as planned, the next addition to the maker space section will be a 3-D printer somewhere down the road. 

“We are more than just books and want people to see that we are keeping up with the times,” she said. “We want to be a resource for the community.”