Delaware libraries debut inspiration space

A student works at the new Inspiration Space at Wilmington Library. (photo courtesy Div. of Libraries)

A student works at the new Inspiration Space at Wilmington Library. (photo courtesy Div. of Libraries)

Some Delaware libraries now offering a variety of technology spaces where residents can use a 3D printer or work with design and coding software.

The bookshelves are still there, but today’s library offers much more than a quiet place to read and find a book. The Delaware Division of Libraries has launched Inspiration Spaces in seven libraries around the state. The spaces are designed as mini “makerspaces” where residents can design and create with technology.

“By providing the public with access to new technologies, as well as designated space for creativity and collaboration, the Inspiration Spaces offer additional opportunities for job skill development and entrepreneurial discovery,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “Delaware libraries support an ever-expanding culture of innovation in the First State.”

In addition to 3D printing services, the spaces offer residents the chance to use design software like SketchUp and Adobe’s Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. Residents can also use hardware like DLSR cameras, green screens, lighting kits and Wacom tablets.

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“As technology evolves, libraries continuously keep pace to ensure individuals and the community excel,” said state librarian Dr. Annie Norman. “Delaware Libraries Inspiration Space is an informal community learning environment for all Delawareans to explore their passions, unleash their genius and achieve their versions of the Delaware dream.”

Seven libraries around the state have created these spaces. Those include Dover, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, Milton, Wilmington, and Woodlawn libraries.

The spaces were originally created in 2010 as job centers thanks to $2.8 million in stimulus funds given to the Division of Libraries. As the economy and unemployment numbers have rebounded, the spaces have been re-branded to help train resident in science, technology engineering, arts and math.

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