New and Improved Groundworks Opens

Groundworks, Herrick District Library’s digital learning lab and makerspace, is no longer stuck in the basement.

The bigger, brighter space means more tools, more equipment, more consumables and more participants for workshops!

More storage has given us the ability to purchase additional, smaller equipment and tools not on the equipment reservation calendar such as both a watch and jewelry repair kit and tools for mosaic and stained glass projects.

The addition of a sink and rubber floors might not seem exciting, but this has made it possible for us to offer workshops on messier (read: more fun!) topics such as paper making, screen printing, stained glass, painting mini figurines, etc.

Just the addition of tables means we're able to set out tools, equipment, and community projects for patrons to stop by and try something new.

Right now, we have a community mosaic project we’ve been working on that will become a permanent part of Windmill Island Gardens. Anyone can stop by any time the garage door is open and contribute to a project that will beautify their community.

The (almost) soundproof recording studio! We're still only set up for podcasting at the moment but we're getting in touch with local experts to update the space with new equipment so patrons can record audio of them performing music or a podcast or record video.

One of the most exciting features is just the new Groundworks location. Being on the main floor and visible to patrons walking through the parking lot or wandering toward their next great read means more people will find us serendipitously and, maybe, learn a new skill or find a new hobby at the library too.