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New space for learning opens at library: Events planned at grand opening

Posted 1/23/20

Youth will have another area to explore and a way to open their minds thanks to the Wilson County Public Library’s new makerspace.

The main library will hold its makerspace grand opening from …

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New space for learning opens at library: Events planned at grand opening

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Youth will have another area to explore and a way to open their minds thanks to the Wilson County Public Library’s new makerspace.

The main library will hold its makerspace grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the second floor where a variety of activities will be showcased.

Stations will be set up on the second floor and will include 3D printing and design demo, building dancing robots in the teen area, snap circuits in adult services, drawing with the art cart in youth services and open Lego building in the youth services story area.

Light refreshments will also be served.

Molly Westmoreland, Wilson County Public Library director, said families and youth should attend the event and get to know what the makerspace area is all about.

The makerspace was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded to the Wilson County Public Library to promote the exploration of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — subjects through robotics, coding, crafts, electronics and more.

The Wilson Rotary Club also awarded the library a $3,536 grant as a part of additional funding for STEAM resources. These funds were used to purchase equipment and materials including snap circuits, Legos and basic tool kits.

“I’m excited about having the Rotarians here who gave us the grant,” Westmoreland said. “They’re going to help the kids work on various activities.”

For more information, contact Scott Houston, youth services manager, at 252-237-5355, ext. 5055 or shouston@wilson-co.com.

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