Open Houston’s first big project promises to be a transformative one. Last night at the Houston Central Library, the volunteer group articulated a new vision for our libraries. Inside the extra and unused space of each library, Open Houston and library staff are planning to create collaborative makerspaces for the general public to share knowledge, learn skills and build cool stuff.
Libraries Are Evolving Beyond Just Books
A library at its core is a shared collection of knowledge for a community. In the 20th century, this collection was primarily in the form of tons of books and periodicals, but over the last decade, this has changed. People today go not only for books but also for surfing the internet. In many libraries, every free horizontal space is occupied by a computer and an eager patron browsing the web. The Houston Library seeks to continue this evolution by building open makerspaces where the community can collaborate.
A Makerspace Is Where People Create Cool Things
There is no limit to what you can create at a makerspace. It can be a place to write books or sew a quilt, to code software or write a symphony, to create beautiful art or print robots. The only limits to what can be made are the imaginations of the people who use the space. Books are but one type of dream made solid. Our Houston library seeks to expand beyond the written word and build a place where all types of dreams can become reality.
The Library and Open Houston Want Your Input
The best way to get involved in remaking our libraries for the 21st century is to join Open Houston’s meetup group and share what you want to make at a library makerspace. In the meetup group, you can find out about and goto events. You can post your opinion and discuss it with others. You can participate and volunteer and build something for all of us to share. The library wants to know what kind of spaces we want. Get involved, and tell Open Houston and the Houston Library the kind of things you want to make.