I’m so happy that the library’s new makerspace is finally here! You simply must check out the Dabble Box web page to learn all about it. You’ll find information on our supplies and equipment, materials to check out, events and open labs, the generous donors who made it all possible, and answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Library staff has been working hard for more than a year to make the space a reality, and we’ve learned a lot in the process. Most people enjoy one hobby or another that involves making things, and librarians are no exception. At times, the act of creating something is a pure joy, and at others I’ve found myself looking for the “bang head here” wall sign. One thing that’s become clear to me is how much easier and more fun it is to tackle projects with others. When learning something new, two heads are definitely better than one, and three are even better. Now that the space is ready for visitors we’re excited to welcome the public to the party. We know we’ll learn as much from your experiments as you will from ours.
It’s been a series of dramatic changes since we replaced the old reference desk with a new, smaller one early in 2016. Once that was done, we downsized the reference collection, moved the internet stations out of the old “microlab,” and finally started renovations to the new space last September. All that to get ready for the “real” work of choosing and installing equipment, organizing donations of supplies and equipment, planning for staff and events, preparing materials, and trying to figure out how all these shiny new toys work, anyhow! When we opened the door for the Grand Opening last week, we were thrilled that over 150 people paid us a visit. The excitement in the room made us feel that it was definitely worth the effort. If you couldn’t be there, please stop in for an open lab soon. We still have a few, limited edition Dabble Box mugs to give away!
In the spirit of learning from each other’s mistakes, I would like to share one of my blunders with you. At the very last moment, I was in a rush to learn how to use the Dabble Box’s mug press. This is a cool device that allows you to make custom mugs with a heat transfer process that is microwave and dishwasher safe. We wanted to have an example of how photos would look on the mugs, so I volunteered my adorable cat as the “mug model.” The Dabble Box is all about exploration. “Don’t” is not a word we like to focus on. That said, should you wish to print a mug, remember to reverse the image first. If you don’t, I guarantee Dabble Disappointment. The only silver lining is that I’ve been wanting to say “Dabble Do, Dabble Don’t” for a long time.
We can’t wait to hear what you think about the Dabble Box. In fact, we’re counting on you to help it evolve into a space that meets the needs and expectations of the whole community. Don’t be shy. It’s time to think inside the Box!