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First free creative ‘Makerspace’ opens in Fort Worth

As paper rockets soared into the sky in front of Fort Worth Library’s Northwest Branch, Angelica Pineda and her daughter walked in without realizing it was the grand opening of the library’s new makerspace.

“It was actually an accident,” said Pineda last month at the event. “We just came to drop off books and we saw all these people here.”

Funded by city dollars and a private business, the library is calling the space the Panther Lab. It is the first free makerspace in Fort Worth and will be open 16 hours a week at the Northwest branch with classes and open studio times to explore the tools and equipment. Everyone is welcome to come to the Panther lab--whether you have a library card or not.

Makerspaces have been popping up as a place to discover different technology.

Every makerspace is different, but Fort Worth’s library will offer the public a chance to learn about 3D printing, electronics, robotics, video creation, and coding.

“My daughter loved the robot-making, playing with the little robot machines, controlling them, and making rockets,” said Pineda after returning her daughter’s books. “We had a great time.”

The library is prioritizing science and technology in the library system.

“It should be a priority for everyone because that’s where the jobs are going and everyone will need the training,” said Christina Garcia, library assistant at the Fort Worth Library.

Other makerspaces include Fort Works Makerspace that offers classes for a fee and access upon membership and the Benbrook Library, which opened back in 2013.

Maria Chiu, @mariawchiu

Makerspace

Location: Fort Worth Library, Northwest Branch

Address: 6228 Crystal Lake Drive Fort Worth, TX 76179

Cost: Free

Hours: Check library website

http://fortworthtexas.gov/library/programs/makerspace.html

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