Intrigued by what you might find inside Innisfil’s ideaLAB? Is it a place to perform, create, collaborate and play? Connect with friends, relax and just hang out? Will it fuel the spark for curious minds to learn new skills and explore innovative ideas and opportunities? The answer is…yes. With major renovations under way at Innisfil Public Library’s largest branch, a temporary home was found two blocks away in a vacant commercial space. This presented an opportunity for the library to showcase some of the creative tools and software that have developed out of recent strategic directions. Dubbed the ideaLAB, the new hackerspace is pushing the boundaries of library service to the next level.
Community members can use the hacker lab to design and create unique projects using the 3D printer, vinyl and laser cutters. They can play, record and edit music or videos in the digital media lab; use a green screen for special effects; build a robot; or solder simple electronics projects, sculptures, and jewellery. Local entrepreneurs have access to the equipment to develop and create a marketing packages, websites, vinyl signs, promotional videos, and business cards. Library staff provides the initial training, ongoing assistance and encouragement sparking all kinds of creativity in the community!
Integrating the branch collections and programs alongside these new creative initiatives provides an exciting opportunity for the community to realise that these elements can and should exist within the same space.
Innisfil ideaLAB is the place to be. It’s your library… reimagined!