A work crew broke ground Monday for Tye Preston Memorial Library’s (TPML) new apiary for bees, and from 5-8 p.m. today librarians will host a grand opening for the new high-tech Makerspace.
Makerspace, a room for creatives, was funded by donations from the Big Give San Antonio 2022.
Adult Services Coordinator Nicky Pownall said libraries are expanding their roles as community centers, providing not only books and information but also recreational opportunities and training.
“We provide a baseline for people to explore their interests in a welcoming and secure environment and offer a range of services where people don’t have to invest themselves wholeheartedly into just one thing — you can come to learn,” she said.
Wednesday, Pownall hopes patrons will underwrite another vital component of the library’s community outreach by paying for a “wrap” or large vinyl decal for TPML’s new grant-funded bookmobile, which will provide services to library patrons who can’t make it over to 16311 South Access Rd.
To donate, visit the Big Give 2023 website or click here between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday.
Makerspace offers patrons access to a Glowforge laser machine, a Bambu high-speed 3D printer, a Saturn 2 MSLA (resin) 3D printer, a sewing machine, an embroidery machine, robotics kits, weaving loom, and other tools and equipment used to create things.
At the future apiary, patrons can learn how to start their own beehive or just explore the world of pollinators and their importance in the community.
Also upcoming is a monthly Podcast Brunch Club centered around central themes like nostalgia and a Chess Simulation Exhibition.
A U.S. Chess Federation National Chess Master will play live against multiple opponents at the same time.
On Oct. 7, the library hosts its First Annual Local Author Book Fair.
To see a complete list of events and programs at the library click here.