"You can never underestimate the power of a community collaboration."
- Kristi Chadderdon, Public Relations Professional, La Porte County Public Library
What do you get when you mix creativity with skilled people and determination? Exciting innovation and new opportunities for everyone in the community to learn! This is precisely what has happened over the last year as the La Porte County Public Library has collaborated with community members in the creation of a makerspace which we call Spark Labs.
We have been teaching classes on electrical circuitry with Squishy Circuits, on synthesizers and light with LittleBits, on 3D printing and scanning, as well as on soldering. And that's just the tip of the iceberg to come as we continue to expand the community's access to tools and technology that have relevance in today's world. So, stay tuned because there's more to come!
Earlier this month Allen County Public Library hosted their annual Library Camp to inspire innovation in library employees around the state of Indiana. With the hope of inspiring other libraries to collaborate with community members and create more makerspaces, Kristi Chadderdon and Pam Okosun shared the story of the Spark Labs creation here at the library.
Are you interested in the story of how the Spark Labs was created? Watch the slideshow in this link:
Have No Fear - One Spark is All it Takes.
And then take the plunge! Do you have maker skills to share? Are you a do-it-yourself aficionado? We welcome volunteers who want to share and teach skills. We want to hear from you. Fill out a volunteer application and bring it to the library today. Let's collaborate!