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Brandon Mares, Cañon City Public Library’s assistant librarian and technical liaison, explains how he made a cell phone cover on the library’s new 3D printer.
Notes of Interest
— Brandon Mares, Cañon City Public Library’s assistant librarian and technical liaison, recently was awarded the Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship. He was recognized for outstanding leadership and service through the Colorado Association of Libraries and the CAL Paralibrarian Division, as well as excellence in the library, information and media field within the State of Colorado. The award is given annually to one paralibrarian in the state. Candidates are nominated by their peers.
— Adam Gonzales and Michelle Shannon, employees of the Cañon City Public Library, recently received all-expenses paid scholarships to attend a two-day Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy training and staff development conference in Lakewood. Gonzales and Shannon work primarily in the library’s youth department. In addition to their scholarships and training, the library also received a grant to help outside agencies with early literacy.
Libraries are becoming more and more of a social and educational hub for people to use some of today’s most up-to-date technology and to create their own content.
The Cañon City Public Library continues to add to its newly formed MakerSpace that offers laptops and Apple computers with various software for creating and editing music and movies and so much more.
Brandon Mares, Cañon City Public Library’s assistant librarian and technical liaison, recently set up the library’s new 3D printer, of which most of its parts were made by another 3D printer.
The Lulzbot Taz-6 3D printer was purchased from It-Works in Loveland for about $2,000, using leftover donation funds.
Brandon Mares, Cañon City Public Library’s assistant librarian and technical liaison, explains how the library’s new 3D printer works. (Carie Canterbury/ Daily Record)
“They have three different kinds of printers they make, and this is their biggest one,” Mares said. “They have about 120 to 150 of these 3D printers, and we have one of them. There are about 150 of them that run 24 hours building parts for these 3D printers.”
He said the printer came with an SD card that allows him to print out replacement parts should one break or wear out. Printers use a threadlike plastic-based filament to create the replicated items.
“The other 3D printer (in the youth section)can make really tiny things, this one can in theory make a whole chess set,” Mares said.
So far, he has made ink pens, a cell phone case and a miniature version of the Lombardi Trophy, among other items.
Library Director Suzanne Lasha and Deputy Director Kendra McFall first saw the machine during the Public Library Association meeting earlier this year in Denver.
“It is definitely moving the library forward, it’s what libraries are about,” Lasha said. “It engages people of all ages — they are fascinated by it.”
She said the library isn’t all about books, but rather a place to create and to gather.
Also available in the MakerSpace is video editing software, digital audio editing software, recording software, beatmaker/music software, stop-motion video software, GarageBand for music making, iMovie for video editing and equipment to transfer content from a VHS tapes to a digital format.
The library’s MakerSpace currently is available to patrons with a valid library card in good standing, as well as a signed user agreement. The MakerSpace is by scheduled appointment and will close 15 minutes before the library closes on the main floor.
For more information, call (719) 269-9020 or visit 516 Macon Ave.
Carie Canterbury: 719-276-7643, email@example.com