May 23, 2022

Minnesota: “Libraries are Adding ‘Maker Spaces’ to Attract DIY Crowd”

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The county [Dakota County, MN] is looking to join several Twin Cities libraries that have added “maker spaces.” The areas filled with technical equipment for do-it-yourself projects have grown in popularity over the past few years, and are changing libraries’ roles in their communities.

People are visiting libraries less as e-books become more popular, Deputy Library Director Ben Trapskin said. So communities are rethinking how to use the buildings.


But as communities’ needs have changed, Trapskin said libraries have gotten used to shifting staff and resources — like the donation that will help fund Dakota County’s maker space. That money was originally designated for print reference books.

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