The first 3D printer for public use in Madison County is coming to West Jefferson.
The Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library, at 270 Lilly Chapel Road, won a $15,000 grant funded by the Battelle Memorial Institute for an “innovation station.”
The station includes a 3D printer, along with the necessary software and cabinet to store materials.
While the curriculum provided is geared towards educating children, adults will also be welcome to use the new technology, according to Cathy Allen, library director.
“It is a technology that is becoming more and more prevalent in the world… it is the future,” Allen said.
Exact details of how the 3D printer will be used, such as cost and time allotments, are still being ironed out with the hopes of having the program off the ground by the start of summer.
Allen described hopes of allowing the public to design and print a cellphone case, or the branch printing a flower pot to accompany its May plant exchange.
“My wish is to expose our community to technology that they may not ever have a chance to see. They are printing combs and key chains to ears for people. It’s technology that is out there,” Allen said.
In addition to the 3D printing that will be added to the library’s summer programming, a new summer reading program will bring in local celebrities and community leaders each week to teach children the value of reading.
During the weekly event, occurring on Wednesdays in the summer starting June 9, children can enjoy lunch, a group reading experience and a time to read privately.
Cathy Allen, library director, is working with the Columbus Clippers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Crew to bring in a player to read to the students. She also plans on inviting West Jefferson Police Chief Terry Ward and Mayor Ray Martin — special guests to teach the children that adults like to read, too.
At the end of the summer, members of The League will be invited to the July 9 Clippers baseball game, where one participant will have the chance to throw the first ball.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616 ext. 1615.