Crafters, innovators and dreamers will soon have the opportunity to make their visions become reality as the Kenton County Public Library will open its new makerspace, the STREAM Center of Learning, on Friday, January 12. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. The STREAM Center is a new arm of the STEM movement.
The STREAM Center is located at the Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road. It will feature dozens of tools and equipment that visitors can use to make and create. Examples of items include:
- 3D Printer
- Soldering Irons
- Embroidery & Sewing Machines
- Poster Printer
- Silhouette Cameo
- Large Vinyl Cutter
- Raspberry Pi & Arduinos
- Dremel Tool
- And much more!
The STREAM Center will be open during library hours unless being used for a class or one-to-one sessions. Items are free to use but a nominal materials fee may apply on some items. The STREAM Center is open to all ages; however, children ages 12 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Free programs on using the STREAM Center equipment will be held weekly starting January 17. See the Library’s calendar of events for a complete list.
“The STREAM Center is an example of how arts, technology, reading and innovation come together,” stated Dave Schroeder, Executive Director of the Kenton County Public Library. “We are excited to provide a space in the community where makers, business owners, students, educators and hobbyists can come together with a single purpose of creating something for their personal, professional or educational use.”
The STREAM Center is made possible in part by Duke Energy, Chas. and Ruth Seligman Family Foundation, Republic Bank, DBL Law, Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates Architects, The Lawrence Firm, PSC, Schultz Marketing & Communications and the Friends of the Kenton County Public Library. To learn more about the STREAM Center and the tools and classes available, visit kentonlibrary.org/stream.
In addition to the STREAM Center, a new auditorium and small meeting rooms are also being constructed at the Erlanger Branch. These new spaces are for public use as a gathering space for groups, organizations and businesses. Click here to reserve spaces.
A ribbon cutting, which is open to the public, will take place at on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm. For classes and events taking place in the new auditorium and STREAM Center, visit kentonlibrary.org/events.