Library Innovation Studios Open House Scheduled For Friday


WAYNE – Join the Wayne Public Library during an open house on Friday, February 8 to preview the near three-month long period that the innovation studios will be in northeast Nebraska.

Located at 410 North Peart Street, the open house will last form 4-6 p.m. where volunteers will show a variety projects that are going to be happening.

Library director Heather Headley has been getting their volunteers set up for training.

“What we’re hoping is with our volunteers it allows us to have the equipment available to people on the days that we already have other programming scheduled so our staff isn’t able to do it. So, just to make it a little more accessible.”

The Nebraska Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project is supported in part by the Nebraska Library Commission. They have also 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)

The week of January 14 the equipment was installed and since then volunteers have been training on the equipment. Classes will be starting as early as next week.

In the policy, community members must be respectful of other people wanting to use the equipment.

Patrons will be able to learn how to use the equipment during the training but, according to Headley not project ideas.

“That ability to come in and be creative has been really fun,” Headley added. “One of our trainees is really excited for the laser cutter because you can cut fabric on it.”

The Innovation Studios will be at the library through most of May around Memorial Day.