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Jaffrey library gets new 3D printer, interactive wall

  • The Jaffrey Public Library recently received a donated 3D printer and had an interactive steel wall installed. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The Jaffrey Public Library recently received a donated 3D printer and had an interactive steel wall installed. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 15, 2018

Seven hundred pounds of steel were brought into the Jaffrey Public Library on Thursday morning.

The large slabs of metal – installed by volunteers from American Steel of Greenfield – have created an interactive wall, something Library Director Julie Perrin said will utilized for children’s programs and other library activities. 

“This interactive wall presents so many opportunities,” said Perrin, who said the steel used was provided by American Steel at cost, helping the project come in under budget. “The possibilities are endless.”

Inspiration for the wall came from Youth Services Librarian Andrea Connolly, who saw something similar at a library in North Carolina. 

“It’s adaptable, something we can constantly change up,” said Connolly. “It’s something that we will be able to tie into our programming.”

Perrin and Connolly said the wall will be used during maker club activities, during story time – similar to how felt boards are sometimes used – and a variety of other uses. 

In addition to volunteer work from American Steel, Perrin said Jaffrey resident Andrew Webber provided his services to do all the woodworking associated with the project. 

The project was paid for by funds from the Mildred Cutter Fund, which was set up to fund children’s programming. 

The library recently received a 3D printer, purchased by an unnamed donor. Also purchased by donors were three Ozobots, small toy robots that teach children about coding. 

Perrin said the “Big Shift” – the process of creating an intergenerational space on the main floor of the library – is completed in the sense of shifting books upstairs from the basement floor, but there are still some things that need to be moved or changed. 

“We have physically shifted everything, so we are now in phase two,” said Perrin. “Now we are bringing things up a level, we are responding to our patrons.”

Perrin said climate control is also coming to the library, with the trustees signing a contract to have an HVAC system installed on all three floors.