Lewisville Library’s The Hive looks to be a space for creation and new technology

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A computerized laser burns The Hive's logo into a wooden card as a demonstration at the opening of Lewisville's new makerspace. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

Lewisville Library’s new makerspace, The Hive, is open to the public and will be a space focused on design and creation through new technology, classes and group participation.

The space features 3D printers, laser engraving, embroidery, CNC milling, audio and video editing software, a photo scanner and other tools.

In addition to providing these tools, the Hive will offer workshop classrooms that will feature Q&A and training for the equipment. These workshops are scheduled for June and July. The workshops featured are for laser cutting, embroidery and sewing. They will also have design workshops that will teach patrons the basics of how to make 3D items and carvey design with Tinkercad and Easel, respectively.

A library card is required to check out equipment. You can see the Hive’s calendar for the class schedule.

Outside tools will also be allowed in the space, but will be subject to certain rules and restrictions depending on the tool.

Patrons watch a 3-D printer build a design at The Hive. Left to right: Jim Moutes, Neil Ferguson, Audra Smolinski, Bob Troyer. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

“We are considering part of this space to be a collaboration space to bring their outside projects and use the space to meet their friends,” Library Service Director Carolyn Booker said.

The library has hired a full-time staff member to work in the makerspace. Other library staff will spend around 10-20 hours a week assisting in the space.

At the moment, no future plans are in the works regarding what equipment to purchase next and what to focus on. Booker said the library wanted to stay open and see what clicks with people.

The Hive will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday. It will be closed Monday and Sunday.