North Platte Public Library Foundation Fund


The North Platte Public Library FOUNDATION is dedicated to promoting the interest and welfare of the library as a cultural, educational and recreational asset to the community.

This year's Giving Day donations to the NPPL Foundation Fund will be used to purchase makerspace equipment and supplies for the North Platte Public Library.

Watch our YouTube video below for more information about the North Platte Public Library's upcoming makerspace project.

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This year's Giving Day donations to the North Platte Public Library Foundation will be used to purchase Makerspace Equipment and Supplies for the North Platte Public Library.

Never heard of a "Makerspace?" A "Makerspace" or "Innovation Studio" is a place where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. The goal of a makerspace is to simulate creativity, innovation and idea exchange, to facilitate entrepreneurship, and other potential local economic development. We are seeing this popular trend in public libraries across the nation and are excited that the North Platte Public Library decided to put in a permanent dedicated makerspace room in 2018.

From September 4, 2018 until January 20, 2019, the Library has an Innovation Studio grant providing a variety of makerspace equipment such as: 3D Printer and 3D Scanner, Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter, CNC Router, Lego Mindstorms Kit, Lilypad Design Kit, SparkFun Inventor's Kit, Makey Makey, Camera and Video Creator Kit, an Embroidery Machine; and more. While we have the equipment, we will be making note of which equipment has the highest utilization and then when the equipment leaves in 2019, the Library will be purchasing our own equipment. If you want to learn more about our grant or the equipment coming in September 2018, please go to: <a href="http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/InnovationStudios">http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/InnovationStudios</a>.

And this is where YOU can help us! This year's Giving Day donations will be used to purchase makerspace equipment and supplies. Below are the equipment and average cost range:
• Makey-Makey ($25 - $75)
• Soldering Station ($40 - $145)
• Arduino Kit ($50 - $90)
• Sparkfun Inventors Kit ($90 - $125)
• Button Maker Kit ($150 - $300)
• Camera and Video Creator Kit ($450 - $700)
• Laminator Kit ($50 - $500)
• Heat Press Machine ($300 - $800)
• LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Kit ($400 - $1,000)
• 3D-printer ($800 - $5,000)
• Embroidery Machine ($500 - $1,500)
• CNC Router ($1,000 - $5,000)
• Vinyl Cutter ($1,700 - $2,300)
• Laser Etcher / Cutter ($10,000 - $15,000)

Please consider helping the Library fund some of our Makerspace equipment and supply needs in 2018-2019. Thank you!