ANKENY, Iowa - What do a 3-D printer, a green screen, and LEGO robotics have in common? You can find them all at the Hatch makerspace, located at the Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny.
Opened in 2013, the Hatch offers a variety of cutting-edge technology and resources for anyone with a library card, giving citizens of Ankeny a creative "makerspace" for fun projects. Resources include a 3-D printer, video editing software with a camera and green screen, equipment to convert VHS tape to DVD and digital file, sewing machines, and LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits. Though the Hatch has been open for about a year and a half, the library is hosting its first open house to the public Tuesday night to showcase how the space has been used so far.
"We've had one of the probably the oldest, or most established, makerspaces in the area," said Nicholas Janning, an IT librarian at Kirkendall Public Library. "And libraries have always been about giving people access to information, to resources, that they normally wouldn't be able to have on their own."
Janning says the Hatch sees usage from the public daily, but the hope of an open house would be to encourage more citizens to take advantage of the space. To make the event even more alluring, the library will be giving away a free Kindle Fire - chosen by a drawing - at the end of the open house. You can get a tour of the Hatch Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.