Coshocton Library starts new club for teens

| January 7, 2016
Jaidyn Brink and Lukas Sycks experiment with the new 3Doodlers the Coshocton Library recently purchased for the Maker’s Space Club which will meet the first Tuesday of each month.

Jaidyn Brink and Lukas Sycks experiment with the new 3Doodlers the Coshocton Library recently purchased for the Maker’s Space Club which will meet the first Tuesday of each month.

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Public Library started a new club for teens who are interested in upcoming technology. The Maker’s Space Club had its first monthly meeting in the large meeting room at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 3 – 5 p.m.

During the first meeting, the club discovered the new 3Doodler 2.0, a pen that writes and draws in 3D. The library originally wanted to have a 3D printer in the building, but it couldn’t be set up due to space restrictions. Director of the library, Eric Taggart, saw a YouTube video on Facebook introducing the 3Doodler, and since a 3D printer wasn’t an option, the 3Doodler was the next best thing.

The library purchased a dozen 3Doodlers for the Maker’s Space Club to experiment with. 3Doodlers must be plugged in, loaded with a colorful tube of ink, and turned on. It takes a minute or two for the ink to heat up. Once it’s ready, you use it just like any other pen on paper to create 3D art.

The club’s activities will change every month and club members can expect to learn about binary code, explore robotics with the use of littleBits, and other activities that will become available as the club grows. All activities will be reasonably easy for members to use and not expensive for the library to maintain.

“I think it’ll be fun,” said Taggart. “The more people find out about it, hopefully we’ll get more members. I think people really enjoy it because it’s something different. One thing we’re able to do at the library is spark creativity and imagination, and maybe something like this will spark interest in technology.”

Funding for the club was made possible by former board member Tom Leech and his wife Merle Leech, who left a donation at the Coshocton Foundation.

“Tom was a very forward-thinker,” said Taggart. “I think Tom would have liked to have seen us do something like this at the library. He would be pleased to see his money used this way.”

The club is open to any teen grades seven through 12.

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