Are you creative? Crafty? Like to make stuff with your hands? Are you interested in how things work? Well, the Rifle Branch Library is going to open a space just for you. It’s called the Make And Design lab (MADlab).
With generous grants from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District, Friends of the Rifle Branch Library and Rifle Community Foundation, the library has been transforming the old storytime room (don’t worry, storytime is now held upstairs) into a dedicated makerspace. A makerspace is a new kind of learning environment where community members can move beyond learning how to do something into actually doing it. Our MADlab will feature equipment including two iMac computers, a Nikon D600 full frame camera, green screen, lighting kit, a professional Blue Yeti microphone and a 3D printer. Individuals (18 and up) and businesses alike will be able to take advantage of this space during certain hours to do anything from designing lunch menus, to recording music, to knitting, to learning Photoshop. Kids and teens will also be able to explore and interact in MADlab events just for them.
There are four areas of emphasis in the MADlab: media, DIY, coding and business. Media makers can take advantage of materials and software to create such things as HDR photographs, highlight videos or music. DIY makers can use the space for projects such as fixing a bike, collaborating on a quilt or building a computer. Coding makers will have the opportunity to learn basic coding principles and potentially translate that into web design, app creation or robot programming. Finally, business makers can use the MADlab to research, get a job, create a business plan or design a product catalog.
The Grand Opening for the MADlab will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13. There will be a variety of stations throughout the library showcasing what you can do with the MADlab equipment. Stop in and check it out. For more information visit www.gcpld.org.