Teens can make it and take it at library

Kids have the kind of space they like – with lots of other kids – to work on all kinds of projects at the Maplewood library.  (submitted photo)
Kids have the kind of space they like – with lots of other kids – to work on all kinds of projects at the Maplewood library. (submitted photo)
Equipment including computers for gaming, a 3D printer, sewing machine and supplies for painting and crafting are available at the Maplewood library’s “The Brain Box.” (submitted photo)
Equipment including computers for gaming, a 3D printer, sewing machine and supplies for painting and crafting are available at the Maplewood library’s “The Brain Box.” (submitted photo)

Ramsey County Library has a new teen maker space — The Brain Box at the library in Maplewood.

Maker spaces are places where people can come together to hang out, exchange ideas, learn and share technology skills, build projects and explore.

“This is the place where we are supporting teens to become future leaders,” says Amy Boese, teen librarian. “Any time you’re expanding understanding of the world through hands-on experience, you are making. And now we have a better space in which to do it.”

The Brain Box offers a flexible space on the north end of the teen room, semi-enclosed by a glass wall. Teens may be reading, gaming, 3D printing, sewing, making music, painting, coding or just hanging out.

Currently, Ramsey County Library is focused on teen maker spaces, but the library will incorporate adult and children’s time in the future.

The Brain Box is operated by engaged volunteers, local community organizations and “former teens” interested in the library. Since making is better through collaboration, these mentors and their expertise are key to an effective making space. 

A video of the maker space, created by Macalester students, can we viewed here: https://youtu.be/7WGI8HdB4TA.

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