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

Stirling-Rawdon Public Library Makerspace

43 West Front St. Stirling, ONK0K 3EO

Target Completion Date: March 31, 2023

What is this project about?

Our goal is to offer ongoing programs for personal, educational, recreational and cultural enrichment for patrons and community members of all ages. The Library will seek to establish a ‘Makerspace’ passive programming area within the library to provide resources to patrons looking to learn in new and creative ways. We want to acquire new and emerging technological materials and develop in-person events for all ages to encourage participation and use of the space.

We wish to create an area within the children’s department that offers library patrons an opportunity to create using resources that the library makes available. It would be a place for hands-on learning with all the tools for creativity. We want to invite users to create, explore and learn with high-tech tools. We wish to purchase new technology offerings such as robotics toys, 3D doodle pens, STEM toys and the more traditional items such as building blocks, Lego and craft supplies as well as custom built shelving fitted to the space to house these materials and equipment.

Our plan is to have cabinets installed for storage with a space that children can create at. This will be a passive programming area that is open at all times the library is open for children, teens and parents to come in and use. We want to have different supplies and building toys available at all times to encourage creative play and building. We will also develop active programs with the equipment purchased for children to learn the different technologies that are more structured.