Library receives $75,000 grant
Tom Green County Library is proud to present our new maker space,STEAM Central. STEAM stands for science, technology, electronics, arts and math. STEAM Central is a place for people of all ages to create, explore and learn. This project has been made possible by a $75,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and was awarded by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
STEAM Central is located in the basement of Stephens Central Library and has one full-time employee, Clint Hudson, Maker In Residence. Steam Central has seven areas for creating and collaborating: general tools, textiles, graphic design, robotics/electronics, video production/photography, 3D printing/laser cutting, and arts and crafts. The space provides patrons with tools that one would not normally have in their home, such as a long-arm quilting machine, a laser cutter or a 3D printer. Other amenities are a green screen for video production, software for media editing, general tools, an embroidery machine and an all-purpose sewing machine. There are electronics and robotics such as Little Bits and Dash and Dots as well.
Free classes will be offered on how to use the tools and equipment. Users of the maker space are asked to provide their own consumable project materials.