I had fun last Saturday! After attending the great Codemash conference (@Codemash) last week, I did not want to experience post-conference technology withdrawal symptoms, so I decided to attend yet another technology-related event. (I highly recommend following the #Codemash hashtag, since many good resources are shared by the 2,000+ participants.)
The grand opening of the new TechCentral MakerSpace at the Cleveland Public Library (@Cleveland_PL) showcased some exciting technology. What makes the MakerSpace truly remarkable is that the following resources are now accessible to anyone with a library card:
Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine
Vinyl Cutting Machine
Photography, Videography, and Graphics Design
- table-top light for stop-motion videos or professional product shots
- green screen video technology
Music Recording and Production
MakerSpace Computer Access and Meeting Space
Read all the details about these new resources that are available to you on the TechCentral MakerSpace web page. Here is the program from the grand opening of TechCentral MakerSpace:
Photos & Videos
Here are my photos and a video to give you a taste of the event. Please be sure to view all the additional videos in the tweets below. They are worth seeing.
In the following video, Cleveland Public Library Executive Director & CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. (@Feltonian), and TechCentral Manager CJ Lynce officially open the MakerSpace. The video ends just before the cutting of the grand opening ribbon with the laser cutter. Mr. Thomas talks about the future with many "baby" TechCentrals being created throughout the Cleveland community.
The opening of the TechCentral MakerSpace represents the future. Earlier this year, I saw the following Cleveland TEDx Talk (@TEDxCLE) video featuring Felton Thomas, Jr., as a "Drum Major for Change." I highly recommend you watch it -- it is inspiring to learn how the library impacts Cleveland's citizens. When I met Mr. Thomas at the MakerSpace opening, I told him that I had seen this video and was excited by it.
The TechCentral MakerSpace is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., so bring your library card and be creative! In addition to their normal hours of operation, I want to let you know about the following future special events:
This past spring, the first Mini Maker Faire at a library in the state of Ohio took place in Cleveland. (What is a Mini Maker Faire? Learn more in my blog post about the fall Akron Mini Maker Faire.) In December 2013, I received an email from Aaron B. Mason, the library's assistant director of outreach and programming services, letting me know that the second Cleveland Maker Fair will be in March. Mark your calendar and plan on attending the library's Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (MakerFaireCleveland.com - @MakerFaireCleve) on March 29, 2014, in partnership with Ingenuity Cleveland (@Ingenuityfest).
While writing this blog post, I received a call from Jim Evans (@GeekClean), who runs the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (@GCPCUG). Jim has lined up a special tour of the MakerSpace for GCPCUG.org members on February 8, 2014.
I plan to attend both of these events. I hope to see you there.
Tweets and Retweets
These tweets include photos, videos, and links from the event. Please be sure to look through these tweets to feel some of the excitement of the day.
Innovative technology geared to inspire community at Cleveland Public Library: Kristel's CLE http://t.co/O3Wk5GNAAv— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) January 12, 2014
Geeks unite! The Cleveland Public Library TechCentral MakerSpace is open! http://t.co/LQyPeBTYEy— TEDxCLE (@TEDxCLE) January 11, 2014
The Cleveland Public Library TechCentral MakerSpace is open! https://t.co/1x3RRv50ME— TEDxCLE (@TEDxCLE) January 11, 2014
Don't for get our call for makers is still open! If you have something to share, submit your idea at http://t.co/duL0sN5Bn9— makerfairecleveland (@makerfairecleve) January 14, 2014
What Others Say
I always like to share what others say in my blog. For this event, I highly recommend you take a look at the following articles. Most of them include videos and/or photos that will show off the great new resource we have in our community with TechCentral MakerSpace.
Cleveland Public Library's 'MakerSpace' grand opening on Saturday: Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group @Kristel_CLE on @ClevelandDotCom January 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM, updated January 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM
Ohio: Cleveland Public Library’s TechCentral Makerspace Has Just Opened
Filed by Gary Price on @infodocket on January 11, 2014
Inspiration behind 'MakerSpace,' newest addition to Cleveland Public Library: Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group @Kristel_CLE on @ClevelandDotCom January 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
Cleveland Public Library introduces new tech toys and tools for creativity's sake
By James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer @EwingerJ on @ClevelandDotCom January 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM, updated January 12, 2014 at 7:51 AM
Close-up look behind 3D printing and laser engraving inside new 'MakerSpace': Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group @Kristel_CLE on @ClevelandDotCom January 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM, updated January 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM
Innovative technology geared to inspire community at Cleveland Public Library: Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group @Kristel_CLE on @ClevelandDotCom January 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM, updated January 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM
AROUND CLEVELAND: Pesky potholes popping up, CLE library makes history and a day to quack
By Michael Brookbank @TheListMike and Kimberlee Rohrer @KimberleeJoy from The List @TheListShowTV Monday, January 13, 2014
Cleveland Public Library adds recording studio, 3D printer, laser engraving and more
By Tracy Carloss @TracyCarloss on WEWS NewsChannel5 @WEWS Jan 15, 2014
Please feel free to leave comments below, and let me know when you visit Cleveland's new TechCentral MakerSpace.