The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to support capacity, resiliency and growth in the communities we call home.

Orangeville Public Library Creation Lab (makerspace)

275 Alder Street OrangevilleL9W 5H6

Target Completion Date: December 31, 2022

What is this project about?

To create a collaborative space to engage the community with innovative opportunities for learning, creation and discovery. The Creation Lab (makerspace) will house a variety of high-tech equipment and low-tech activities to inspire users of all ages. Children and teens can explore introduction to coding and robotics. Small business owners can make prototypes, design promotional materials or create professional videos. Crafters can use the equipment to make something great with high-tech tools or digitize cherished family memories.

To serve all these audiences, the equipment will focus on creating a Maker Lab, Media Lab and STEAM programming for children and teens. The new community space will be suitable for multiple users including individuals, library program participants and external community groups.

The new Creation Lab will be located at the Alder Street branch in the community recreation centre. The recreation centre is close to a high school and elementary schools and is fully accessible to ensure access for all users. By providing everyone in Orangeville with access to technology and resources at no charge, a makerspace not only inspires lifelong learning, but also supports the library’s commitment to equity and inclusion.

The library will invest in staff training to develop the skills and expertise to teach the community how to use the equipment. The library will also form strategic partnerships to market the service, be responsive to ongoing community needs and recruit experts and professionals to teach courses within the facility. Examples of community partners include; Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orangeville BIA, Town of Orangeville’s Community Services Division (summer camps and outreach), schools, and community groups such as Scouts and Girl Guides.