Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities Project, which will be in place at the Morton-James Public Library in mid-October.
Morton-James Public Library Library Director Donna Kruse said that a volunteer meeting is planned the week of Oct. 14 ahead of the Maker Space equipment being brought to Nebraska City the week of Oct. 21.
Kruse said volunteers with a variety of backgrounds are welcome.
“We don’t know who is available and willing to teach,” she said, “and we don’t know who will get inspired by the equipment and want to teach others.”
Kruse said she and other members of the Morton-James staff are learning from the staffs of libraries that have already hosted the studio, such as Plattsmouth and Ashland.
She said that the staffs have indicated that the studio’s laser cutter and an embroidery sewing machine have been among the most popular equipment in Platts-mouth and Ashland.
Kruse said supplies will be available for a fee to help crafters and entrepreneurs make items such as buttons, mirrors or magnets.
Studio visitors can bring their own supplies, said Kruse, but they must check with a member of the library staff before using their supplies on the equipment.
Plans call for the studio equipment to be in place from October through March 2020.
Kruse said she hoped creative residents would come check out the space and use the equipment with holiday gift giving in mind.
“It’s going to take a lot of people” for the studio to be successful, said Kruse, who added that she wants a lot of residents and businesspeople to come check out the equipment while the studio is set up in the Kimmel Gallery.
In a future issue of the News-Press, we’ll talk more about the components of the Innovation Studio.
Call 402-873-5609 or email mortonjameslibrary@gmail.com to volunteer for this project.