New Makerspace Opening at Aylmer Library in Elgin County!

Discovering news ways to use advancements in technology to improve everyday life is a responsibility that will fall on the shoulders of our youth, so it is our responsibility to ensure that they have the ability to do so by providing them with the proper tools and resources.

We are very excited to share the news that Elgin County Library’s Aylmer branch just received a $40,000 contribution from the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer, which the library will put towards creating its first “makerspace.”

What is a makerspace? A makerspace is a collaboration hub equipped with fundamental and innovative technology that encourages groups of people to socialize, create, invent, design, learn, and inspire.

“Libraries are continually evolving and this investment by the Palmer Estate is further proof of that. These funds will enable us to better connect with youth in Aylmer and area in order to foster creativity and technical skills that will be necessary for future success. We are very thankful to the Palmer Estate for investing in our County’s future,” said Elgin County Warden David Marr in an Elgin County Library blog post.

$15,000 of the contribution will go towards the purchasing of a variety of tools and resources, including a 3D printer, hardware and software for video and music production and editing, and numerous portable computing devices. The remaining $25,000 will be used by the library to maintain and update the new technology, and operate the makerspace.

“The new makerspace at the Aylmer Library will be a wonderful resource for the community,” said Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate. “Libraries are crucial institutions, and the scope of library services are now expanding to include the promotion of digital, visual, and mechanical literacy, which expands on the traditional concentration on reading and writing. Children and young adults in Aylmer will now have the opportunity to explore the potential of 3D printing, video and audio recording, and other technological devices. Dorothy Palmer and her husband John lived together in Aylmer for many years. It is very exciting to be able to make this contribution.”

It’s this kind of educational and technological growth that the counties of Southwestern Ontario need. We are very excited for the Aylmer Makerspace to open, and we encourage families and students to visit it, explore the possibilities of new technology, and collaborate with friends and neighbours to create something new and push Elgin County forward into the future.

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