Sewing equipment and a 3D printer are among exciting new additions at Corio Library – and they’re available for all library members to use.

The new equipment is the result of funding from Geelong Regional Library Corporation to create a Makerspace in Corio. Head librarian Subha Simpson said the space aims to help members understand the use of a range of digital devices, build community and provide a learning environment for all ages.

A pilot program has been run with students from St Francis Xavier Primary School to teach them engineering concepts using the 3D printer, making and modifying racing cars from recycled materials and building paper towers that can hold weight.

The 3D printer was installed in July and is proving popular with library staff and members. Librarian Tim Symons is available to guide members through designing and printing with the equipment. It is already being used for practical items like name tags for staff.

“You can book a session with Tim and he’ll guide you through the design software,” Subha said. “You can also print your items, within reason, while you’re here.”

The sewing machine and overlocker are available for use during library hours. Classes are also being held fortnightly for those wanting to learn how to use the equipment.

“We’ve already had one member come and make new curtains for her home on the machines,” Subha said. “We’re expecting January will be a busy time for them too, when parents need to alter new school uniforms.”

Subha said use of the equipment is for all library members, and membership is free.

“We don’t want people to be shy about sewing,” she said. “Come in and book a time to use the equipment or, if you want to learn, we’ll put you in a class.”

Corio Library is in Cox Road, corner of Moa Street. The library is open Monday to Saturday. For more information call in and speak to the library staff or phone 5275-2388.

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