Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries

Mission

The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries believes in the power of libraries to enrich and change the lives of Monterey County residents, each of whom deserves equal access to information that will open windows to a larger world. The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries will educate the community about the mission of the County Libraries and create commitment and financial support to supplement public funding.

The Big Idea

Creating hands-on learning and creation for all ages through Maker Spaces in all of the branches of Monterey County Free Libraries.

The Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries wants to bring Maker Spaces to all County library branches to encourage participatory art, culture and use of technology. Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills. A Makerspace culture supports the goal of libraries to enable lifelong learning and to support knowledge creation in their communities; it also expands the traditional notion of a library by including the option for visitors to explore, learn, and play. One of the first items that will be purchased to start Maker Spaces in our libraries will be Kiva planks, which are wooden blocks that allow for endless creativity and construction across all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. In addition we plan to purchase MagnaTiles, littleBits, Makey Makey, Chibitronics, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits and other kits to allow for the creation of inventions with an electronic twist.

Great programs, great librarians, great people, definitely a great place to spend some time learning new skills, reading and researching.

— Imelda Pacheco-Perez, Salinas