iLAB expands across Dakota County libraries

Take your imagination to the next level with state-of-the-art equipment to design and create a variety of art, craft and technology projects. The Dakota County Library has expanded iLAB equipment to more locations, giving residents more convenient access to high-tech tools and hands-on learning experiences. 

3D printers, Apple iMac computers and Adobe Creative Suite are now available at Pleasant Hill, Heritage, Robert Trail and Wentworth libraries. Patrons can start working on sewing projects at the Farmington Library with the addition of Janome Schoolmate sewing machines. All equipment and software is available to the public free of charge during regular library hours.

The Wescott Library iLAB debuted in July 2016 and had 1,608 hours reserved in the first six months of operation. The 3D printer continues to be the most used piece of equipment.

In addition to equipment, iLABs offer free programs to help patrons get acquainted with technology and inspire ideas for new projects. Classes will give patrons the opportunity to learn how to get started in the iLAB, create 3D designs using CAD tools, and use the 3D printers. Farmington Library offers weekly open studio sessions demonstrating sewing techniques and a chance to connect and craft with other makers. 

Pleasant Hill Library will host an iLAB Open House on Monday, Jan. 29, 4 to 7 p.m. Demonstrations, project examples and staff will be available to showcase the new 3D printer.

For more information on the Dakota County Library iLAB locations, please visit www.dakotacounty.us/library or call 651-450-2900. 

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