THINKspot, a high-tech makerspace, is now open at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., in the city’s emerging Downtown Innovation District. THINKspot offers residents, entrepreneurs, educators and students tools to work on individual projects or collaboratively share their ideas.
“THINKspot at the Mesa Main Library adds a perfect element to our growing Downtown Innovation District,” Mayor John Giles said. “The resources available at THINKspot can help bring any idea to life and give students, tinkerers and businesses the ability to create without having to invest in expensive equipment.”
THINKspot has more than 2,900 square feet of space. It includes two 3-D printers; a wood carving machine; a vinyl cutter; two state-of-the-art sewing machines and a photo/video studio that includes a green screen, a Canon digital camera and an iMac with video and audio editing software installed.
“I could not be more excited that THINKspot has come to the Main Library,” Councilmember Chris Glover said. “This will truly be a point of pride for our residents here in downtown. It is high-tech, state-of-the-art and a really fun and innovative addition to our area. I know the impact it has had at Red Mountain and I expect nothing less here at the Main Library.”
THINKspot will offer free online and hands-on training for all the equipment, which will be available for anyone 12 years and older to use. For a listing of trainings and programs offered, visit www.mesalibrary.org/THINKspot.
“THINKspot is a great way to cultivate innovation in our community by providing the resources to make dreams become reality. Since 2013, THINKspot at Red Mountain Library has been a national model of how libraries can transform communities and we know THINKspot at Main will do the same,” Mesa Public Library Director Heather Wolf said.
Funding for construction of THINKspot at the Main Library was from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and federal Community Development Block Grant funds. Money raised from the sale of used books will be used to furnish and equip the room.