Wayne Public Library Invites All To View The Innovation Studios Through May

WAYNE – Classes are being scheduled for part of the Nebraska Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project at the Wayne Public Library.

Supported in part by the Nebraska Library Commission and partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension and Regional Library Systems, this project is funded through a National Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

A CNC router, vinyl cutter, laser cutter, 3-D printer, heat press and an embroidery machine are the main six big equipment pieces on hand. There are also several kits, according to director of the library Heather Headley.

“We have a camera kit that includes a green screen, we have a music kit that includes a keyboard and the software to lay your own tracks and edit sound,” said Headley. “We have Lego Mindstorms which is what the Lego league here in town uses for their competitions.”

The library is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday’s 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday’s from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday’s from 2 – 5 p.m.

Headley added how the patrons can sign up to use anything.

“Everything will have a reservation system,” Headley added. “Which means you’ll have to contact the library to make sure it’s available. Especially, considering that this is open to anybody. Most of the time it’s a first come-first serve, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to call in.”

The Wayne Public Library can be contacted at 402-375-3135.

All the equipment requires training and some, the extra step of certification before using it individually.

Headley mentioned to come check it out.

“There’s a lot of neat, neat opportunities that you can take advantage of,” Headley mentioned. “I won’t guarantee that my staff will have all the answers right away, but we’re excited to learn along with you. I really look forward to seeing what people accomplish while we have the equipment.”

A maker’s showcase will be held in April or May where people can showoff what they were able to do while the equipment was in Wayne. Also, patrons will have the chance to submit their work to the state fair.