CLERMONT — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is welcoming the public to the grand opening ceremony of the Cooper Memorial Library’s “Go Zone” makerspace at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 27 at the library, located at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont.
The new space features a high-end ASUS computer for graphics and video editing, an HP Designjet Z2100 printer for large-format photo printing, a USCutter for vinyl designs and stickers, a 2nd Generation Cube printer for 3D printing, a Matrix Robotics System kit for robotics team challenges, a Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera, Chromakey green screen and light kit for photography and video production, and more.
"With the continuing focus on STEM in our education system, I am proud that our Lake County Library System can offer enhanced technological learning opportunities for our children,” said Paul Alford, Lake County Library Services Division Manager.
The Go Zone is the first of its kind among Lake County’s libraries, and was made possible with the help of the Cooper Memorial Library Association, Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library, the University of Central Florida, Lake-Sumter State College and the Amateis Grant Foundation.
Training for each piece of equipment will be offered by appointment only during regular library hours. Once a patron is trained on a particular makerspace station, they will then be able to “check out” that item and use it in-house. Many pieces of equipment may be checked out for free, while others, such as the 3D printer, are available for use at a small cost.
The Go Zone is designed for children ages 12 and above, as well as adults interested in furthering their learning or even beginning their own small businesses. To find out more about Cooper Memorial’s Go Zone makerspace, call 352-536-2275 or visit www.mylakelibrary.org/libraries/cooper_memorial_library.aspx.