WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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direction. Like the explosion of the Internet, libraries are adding maker spaces, and maker spaces are popping up on their own in communities across the country." Contributing to the trend is the educational approach called STEM, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In recent years, STEM has turned into STEAM, as educators realized the impor- tance of Art in fostering creativity and innovation. As the Maker Space movement took off, Brennan and Weston Public Library Trustees began exploring ways to expand the library on site. Beginning in the early 2010s, Joseph Mullin, a long-time library trustee, led a three-year planning process to create an addition in the front yard. That spot was designated on original plans as the "expansion area" and had sufficient septic capacity. Architectural plans were prepared pro bono and vetted by a succession of town committees. In late 2014, the trustees were informed that expansion on site would not be possible because of new septic regulations. This is because Among dozens of future program ideas being explored are cartoon- ing, calligraphy, silk screen printing, quilting, fabric printing, poetry slams and storytelling, movie nights, stained glass and mosaic making, robotics, LEGO MINDSTORMS, website design, podcasting, book- making, kinetic sculptures, folk crafts, video recording and editing, wine and beer tastings, candy making, and small appliance repair. The idea for a center for art and technology is an outgrowth of the Maker Space movement, which began about 2006 as more people be- came interested in learning how to "do it yourself " (DIY). According to Weston Public Library Director Susan Brennan, "People today want to be more self-sufficient. There's farm-to-table food, artisan hobbies, and the resurgence in knitting and sewing, for example. Libraries took notice, as we are always looking for ways to add value, educate, and in- form." A library maker space allows community members to experience technology and access tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, and advanced sewing machines. Brennan notes, "Many libraries are moving in this The former Weston Public Library Imagine the Possibilities W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 104

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