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Imagine, design and make at Makerplace

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Makerplace, an exciting new space at Gateshead Central Library, has now opened to give local people access to some of the latest technology.

The new equipment includes a laser cutter, 3D printer and sewing machines alongside lots of other types of computer-controlled machines which will enable local people to turn ideas into reality. From creating t-shirts to producing 3D objects, quilting and embroidery to laser cutting wood there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said "This is a really exciting time for Gateshead Central Library. Makerplace is a brilliant example of how important libraries continue to be in the 21st century.

"Being creative has a real positive impact on our mental health and general wellbeing, so I'd encourage everyone to come along and see what they can make, whether they have used this type of equipment before or want to try something new."

The new equipment can be used by all library members over the age of 16 once they have attended a session to familiarise themselves with the machine. Workshops and activity sessions will be organised for young people under 16. Tailored sessions can also be organised for school and community groups.

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