Palmer Donation Means “MakerSpace” for STPL

Sarah Macintyre MakerspaceDorothy Palmer Estate donates $50,000 to St. Thomas Public Library to create a MakerSpace

St. Thomas Public Library announced today that the Dorothy Palmer Estate has donated $50,000 to support the development of a St. Thomas Public Library MakerSpace.

MakerSpaces are part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds. They foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and innovation.

“We are excited about the opportunities that this funding presents to us,” Chief Librarian, Rudi Denham said.

“We are looking forward to creating an environment where our customers can interact with some cutting-edge technologies. The Library continues to be a dynamic community hub, and, with the generous support of the Palmer Estate, I am excited to be able to introduce this new type of service to our customers,” said Sarah Macintyre, Systems and Support Services Librarian.

St. Thomas Public Library will plan, design, and pilot a MakerSpace that will be available to the general public within the Library, located in downtown St. Thomas. The aim is that the MakerSpace will introduce adults, families, teens, and children to technology and equipment, including 3D printers, design software, video and audio recording, and mobile devices.

“This is a wonderful project,” stated Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate. “In the twenty-first century, the concept of literacy has expanded beyond reading and writing, and now includes digital, visual, and mechanical literacy. The new MakerSpace at the St. Thomas Public Library will be a terrific resource for the whole community, and especially for children and young adults who are curious about 3D printing, video and audio recording, and various design applications.”
For additional information, please contact:

Rudi Denham, CEO, St. Thomas Public Library

About St Thomas Public Library

In 2014, St Thomas Public Library is celebrating its 130th anniversary! The Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of St. Thomas residents for well over 100 years now, and our mission to educate, inform, and enrich the community has never been stronger! We look forward to expanding our services with the introduction of a MakerSpace in 2015. For more information, visit


About Dorothy Palmer

Dorothy Palmer was born in 1925 and was the only child of Fred and Ethel Ingram, who operated the Elgin County House of Industry from 1927 to 1942. Mrs. Palmer was a graduate of St. Thomas Collegiate Institute and later taught elementary school in Eden, Sparta, and St. Thomas. A lifelong resident of Elgin County, Dorothy lived for many years in Aylmer with her husband, John. Before her death in June 2010, Mrs. Palmer made a generous contribution to the St. Thomas Public Library, which was recognized with the establishment of the John and Dorothy Palmer Youth Library.

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