All of that ‘vintage tech’ Tye Preston Memorial Library collected in late August is now on display at the library.
The public is invited to stop by and play around with old game systems, TVs, slide projectors, typewriters, boomboxes, rotary phones, 1980s computers, and floppy discs borrowed from patrons.
The display is part of a promotion for a new, high-tech collaborative work area called Makerspace, located in the area formerly known as The Hive.
The Sept. 19 grand opening of Makerspace will include a presentation with an overview of Makerspace services and a take-and-make starting at 5 p.m.
Library Director Natalie Shults said staff and Hill Country Makers are in the process of setting up a laser machine (Glowforge), Bambu high-speed 3D printer, Saturn 2 MSLA (resin ) 3D printer, sewing machine, embroidery machine, robotics kits, weaving loom and other tools and equipment used to create things.
“I think it’s going to be really popular,” she said. “There’s been a lot of interest and demand even more than we were hoping for.”
Funds for Makerspace were raised during The Big Give 2022, a 24-hour online fundraiser for San Antonio-area nonprofits.
Shults said TPML plans to use funds raised at the upcoming Sept. 20-21 Big Give fundraiser to pay for a ‘wrap’ for the new #LAKEmobile van.