The Cleburne Public Library recently received a special projects grant to fund a permanent maker lab in its facility.
From 4-7 p.m. each Thursday, the library hosts a maker lab where guests can make things.
The temporary lab allows them to make, build, invent, experiment, copy, advance, embellish, modify and create pieces. All supplies and materials are provided and there is no charge to participate.
During the Cleburne Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, Cleburne Children and Teen Librarian Susan Reyna announced that a $25,000 grant will allow staff to build a permanent section for a maker lab in a section of the library.
The grant will also provide new equipment and supplies.
“We are in the process of implementing this,” Reyna said. “It’s a three-pronged approach to being a maker at the library.”
Through the new space, Reyna said the library will have maker kits for teens and adults who can check them out of the library.
“If you’ve ever wanted to try something new, but didn’t want to invest the money in case you’re not good at it, you can take a kit home,” she said. “Borrow a kit and find out if you can do it.”
In the new space, Reyna said guests can come in anytime the library is open to make something.
“We’re getting a laser cutter, an engraver, a poster maker, a Cricut machine, a 3-D printer,” she said. “We will have lots of other stuff that you can come to the library to use to make something.”
Reyna said there will be no cost to use the machines, but if the project requires materials such as filament there will be a replacement charge.
For information about the maker lab, call Reyna at 817-645-0934.