3D Printer Upgrade

St. Thomas Public Library has two brand new 3D Printers! Come in and check out our new Lulzbots. These models are an upgrade from our previous Cube models: You will find them easier to use, they can print using many different filament materials, and more colour options are available. You can even bring in your own filament and 3D print for free! (Prints normally cost 10 cents per gram).

What have people been up to on the new printers? Right now the trend is fidget spinners. Print a cap and a shell and then add your own weights for a custom spinner that no one else will have! You can find hundreds of designs like these ones on Thingiverse:

Also exciting: You can watch what people are printing live on our new Twitch channel! The channel switches between our two printers so you can watch a 3D print in progress. See if you can guess what each print will be!

To learn how to use our Lulzbots, join one of our 3D Printing Certification Sessions. Check our online calendar  for session dates. You can register online with your library card, or drop by the Adult Information Desk to sign up. If you can’t make a Certification Session, we now have the option of booking a One on One Session. Ask at the Adult Information Desk and we’ll find a time for a staff member to assist you!

Stay tuned for more changes to Creators’ Community. We’re currently working on a Creators’ Corner, a welcoming work space to accommodate new classes and allow better access to our resources!

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 stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.


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.

Library Super Conference 2014: A Universe of Possibilities

Superconference 2014

January 29th-February 1st, the Ontario Library Association hosted their Annual Superconference – A Universe of Possibilities – in Toronto! St. Thomas Public Library was lucky enough to send three staff members and two board members to this year’s conference. But many of you might be asking – what exactly is a library conference anyways? Just like any other profession, people who work in the library industry relish any opportunity to refresh their skills, learn some new strategies, and connect with other librarians. During the conference, people can attend sessions and workshops on topics ranging from “The Hottest Titles of 2014” to “Developing Mobile Printing in Your Library”. With well over a hundred sessions to choose from, there was no shortage of ideas!  But even more than being a space for us to learn some new skills, the conference is a great place to exchange ideas, meet colleagues old and new, and learn more about cutting edge technology and products. This year, they even had a hands-on makerspace for us to use, where we could try out 3D printers and pens!

3D Printer

On top of that, we attended the Ontario Public Library Awards Gala, hosted by Kevin Sylvester (Author, Illustrator, and Radio Broadcaster), with special guests Michael Chan (Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport) and Stephen Davidson (Deputy Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport). It was inspiring to watch our fellow librarians receive recognition for their hard work and outstanding programs! While we were there, we were pleased to receive a plaque acknowledging our recent Accreditation! What’s more, our very own CEO, Rudi Denham, was presented with an OLA Special Recognition Award for her role as editor of Ho-OPLA for over 10 years. What a night!

Rudi Denham

Despite it being a whirlwind few days, we have all come back inspired, and have brought with us new ideas about how to make the St. Thomas Public Library even better!