Kennett Library receives $500K grant to enhance Makerspace facility

Kennett Library announced the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation to enhance and expand its makerspace facilities. This generous grant will enable the library to provide state-of-the-art resources and innovative programming, further establishing the library as a cornerstone of creativity and learning in the community.

Enhanced Makerspace Features:

  • Increased Hours and Additional Staff: The makerspaces are now open whenever the library is open, and staff will be available to help with and collaborate on creative projects
  • Audio Visual Room: The AV room will have trained staff available for the public to begin using the room for visual and audio recording projects
  • Innovative Programs: Expanded workshops and classes in areas such as coding, robotics, and digital design
  • Collaborative Spaces: Dedicated areas for group projects and creative collaboration
  • Resource Expansion: Increased availability of materials and tools for a variety of maker activities

Chris Manna, Executive Director of Kennett Library, said, “We are incredibly grateful to Longwood Foundation for their support. This funding will allow us to transform our makerspaces into a premier destination for innovation and hands-on learning, providing our patrons with the skills and tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world.”

The enhanced makerspace is expected to benefit a wide range of community members, from students and educators to entrepreneurs and hobbyists. Focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education, the makerspace will offer new opportunities for learning and creativity, fostering a culture of innovation within the community.

Upcoming Makerspace Initiatives:

  • Youth Programs: After-school and summer programs focused on STEAM education
  • Adult Workshops: Classes and workshops for adults looking to develop new skills or explore new hobbies
  • Entrepreneurial Support: Resources and support for local entrepreneurs and small business owners
  • Community Events: Regular events showcasing projects and innovations from makerspace users

For more information about the makerspace and upcoming programs, please visit KennettLibrary.org.

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