SDG Library MakerLab offers new technology programs

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By Shawna O'Neill
SDG Library MakerLab offers new technology programs
From left, Tony Fraser (Library Board Member), Margaret McDonald (Library Board Member), Lindsey Schulz (SDG Library staff), Jenna Lamarche (SDG Library District Supervisor) and Amy Mayer (SDG Library MakerLab staff) at the MakerLab grand opening. Submitted photo.

FINCH, Ontario – Over 60 residents, including community members and first-time library goers, attended the SDG Library Finch branch on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to celebrate the new MakerLab.

The special and innovative redesigned space features a MakerLab that strives to meet the needs of the ‘maker movement’, as various individuals and groups are continually undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that offer new forms of learning.

“We are very excited about launching this space,” said Jenna Lamarche, District Supervisor with SDG Library. “The response from patrons and visitors has been very positive and we are looking forward to providing some unique and innovative programs here.”

‘MakerKidz’, a weekly program that provides hands-on activities for children ages 6-years-old and up, saw young locals engage with 3D printer and Cricut machine demonstrations during the event. Attendees were able to tour the new space, learn more about the equipment and ask questions about the future. New tools include a 3D printer, robotics kits, video production equipment and graphic design tools.

“There are limited spaces available in SDG for those looking to tinker and explore in this way”, said Lamarche. “We saw this as an opportunity to fill a need in our communities and expand what the library was already offering through our portable maker kits.”

The MakerLab is located at 17 George St. in Finch. To learn more, visit or contact the SDG Library MakerLab directly at or (613) 984-2807.

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