Libraries and local businesses are often the backbone supporting maker efforts to build a makerspace in a community. I was thinking about that today as I delivered flyers to the North Garland Branch Library, to our downtown Library and to several of our downtown merchants. The Garland Area MakerSpace is particularly fortunate to have great support from our local libraries and our local business people.
My first stop was at the North Garland Branch Library. Not only do they support the Garland Area MakerSpace by providing a space for our monthly meetings, they also allow us to post announcements of our latest public programs. This morning I was dropping off announcements for our Lampwork glass bead class to be held Tuesday June 12 - from 7 to 8:30 PM at the North Garland Branch Library. Our downtown library also took our flyers to distribute to their customers.
Libraries and Makerspaces in almost all communities are closely affiliated and no wonder. Libraries often feature their own maker activities as well. For example, this spring the North Branch Garland Library featured a rock-painting event that was hugely successful (all rocks were taken). The children painted messages of encouragement and good cheer on rocks that were then scattered about in places throughout Garland. Members of the Garland Area Makerspace attended this event and donated some of the paint. Coming up soon the South Branch Garland Library is featuring an event for children to 15 year olds where they will be making tie tacks for Father’s Day.
Robert A. Smith, Commercial Real Estate Developer in Garland Texas at Rosalind’s this morning along with Lola, manager of Rosalind’s, and Cary Hodson, owner of Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. Both Rosalind’s and Intrinsic are located on the downtown square of Garland. Cary really likes makers. He helped to bring our monthly Urban Flea to Garland. Speaking of which, the Urban Flea will be on the square this very Saturday!
On the left we have Main Street Café--a great place to eat. They have been supporting Garland Area Makerspace by taping our announcements to their front window ever since we began. On the right is the front window of Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery displaying the announcement for our lampwork glass bead class on June 12.
You can see information about the Garland Area Makerspace in other downtown windows as well: Dos Banderas, and Main Street Deli to name a couple. We also have supporters that are not located in our downtown area. For example, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, located at 584 W Interstate 30 in South Garland and 3D Printer Farms located at 7223 Blythdale Drive in Dallas. We love them all.
COME TO OUR JUNE 12TH MEETING AND HELP US STRENGTHEN OUR NETWORK WHILE LEARNING HOW TO MAKE THINGS YOU NEVER HEARD OF. IT’S FUN! And so are the people! Life is too short to be a hermit. Get out and meet people, mix it up, and have some fun! You deserve it! Come join the makers in your community. Let’s build something great together.
GARLAND AREA MAKERSPACE
Tuesday June 12
North Branch Garland Library
3845 North Garland Road
Garland, Texas 75040