GPPL column: Makerspace room available for reservations

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The Grande Prairie Public Library has a part-time Makerspace room available to reserve throughout the month! I know the term makerpace is used a lot lately, but this is really exciting. Basically the room is to help people do … things. I leave that vague because the tools available really do provide a host of creative opportunities. Drawing tablet, lighting kit, digital piano, audio interface, camera, microphone, a laptop loaded with full Adobe Creative Suite, and other editing software – these are just a few of the tools available. The possibilities are truly endless.

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There is a lot of passion and creativity here at Grande Prairie, but starting to learn professional tools can be daunting and expensive. That’s where the Makerspace comes in. At GPPL you can reserve the room in two hour increments for yourself or your group. Please let us know which technology from the list below you want to use in advance when you make your reservation so that we can make sure that every piece of equipment you need is properly loaded and up to date. After that, all you have to do is introduce yourself and create! Animated YouTube series? Webcomic? Podcast? Photography? We have the tools here to help you achieve your goals.

Check out our current list of equipment:

  • Green screen
  • Softbox Studio Lighting Kit
  • Sony mirrorless camera with 18-135mm zoom lens
  • Rode NT-USB Condenser Microphone + Sound Isolating Screen
  • Light box
  • Wacom PTH860 Intuos Pro
  • Laptop with Adobe Creative Suite and other editing software
  • Alesis Recital – 88-Key Digital Electric Piano
  • Behringer X1622USB Premium 16-input 2/2 bus mixer, 24-bit multi-effects processor
  • Steinberg audio interface

Even better, the room has a library staff member. I can’t guarantee that they are experts in anything you are trying to create, but they are there to help you with basic technical questions and support, so you don’t have to go it alone.

Side note: Don’t forget to bring a USB drive or other form of digital storage.

You can book online on our website:

Email Charlotte at [email protected] for more reservation information, to schedule an alternate time, or to learn more about the room and the Makerspace team. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see in a Makerspace; our dream is to one day have a permanent area of ​​Makerspace dedicated to technology and creativity within the library, and we would love to know what you want in it!

Mikyla Meyer /Coordinator of the GPPL Children’s Program

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