The Pickering Public Library was pleased to welcome the Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, for a brief tour of their Maker Space on March 27.
The Prime Minister was joined by Member of Parliament for Pickering – Uxbridge, Jennifer O’Connell and Mayor of Pickering, Dave Ryan. The tour was hosted by the library’s CEO, Tanya Sinclair. The Prime Minister met with clients who have utilized the library’s Maker Space with a great deal of success as well as local students.
The Maker Space technologies are available to the community at little to no cost and feature a large format printer, a maker lab (fab lab) which includes several 3D printers, a carving machine, a vinyl cutter and heat press as well as a soundproof recording studio and more.
Instructions are provided for all the equipment in the Maker Space. Residents are encouraged to come in and use the equipment to create their own projects. Staff are available to answer any questions you may have, and to direct you towards resources for more information on using each piece of equipment. To use the Maker Space independently clients must be 14 years or older. Clients under the age of 14 can use the space if they are working under the direct supervision of their parent or legal guardian, who must sign a waiver and remain with their child at all times in the Maker Space.
Photo: Prime Minister Trudeau holds a prosthetic hand that was made in the library’s Maker Space. Photo courtesy of Anna-Marie McDonald.