Print a book, make a vase and play a banana piano.

These can now all be done in one space, thanks to a new Edmonton Public Library (EPL) initiative.

The EPL Makerspace allows the public to access high-end technology such as a 3D printer, Espresso book printing machine and a green screen equipped with a camera and photo-editing software.

“The idea is most people don’t have all of this at home – the pros have it. This is giving the average Edmontonians the chance to get their hands on some basic to mid-level and in some cases, pro-level tools and really try something,” said Peter Schoenberg, manager of digital literacy initiatives and web services with EPL.

The area—located on the first floor of the Stanley A. Milner Library— is open to both members and non-members of the library, with many of the digital stations free for use. Minimal fees for both the 3D printer and book-making machine apply.

“This innovative digital creation hub is the ultimate digital space,” said Linda Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

The Espresso book machine is the only machine in Edmonton, allowing individuals to print a book for a minimal cost by simply emailing their book to Makerspace assistants.

The Makerspace area had a soft opening a few weeks ago, and will have an official opening in January.

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