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Pop-Up Makerspace

Lexington Public Library, KY

Contact: Ann Hammond,

Community Partners: University of Kentucky College of Design and book preservationist Alex Brooks


The Pop-Up Makerspace was a series of classes, held over the course of one week in June 2013. This was a collaboration between the Lexington Public Library and the University of Kentucky College of Design. Each day focused on a different element of the design process used in 3D fabrication, and culminated with 3D printing and a field trip to the UK College of Design Fabrication Lab. The week also included two bookbinding workshops led by local book preservationist Alex Brooks. We had over 20 participants for each session, from kids to teens to adults. 


Participants learned the steps involved in the design process, from initial idea to working out the design concept to construction of the final product. They were able to experiment with a 3D printer and use it to create their designs. Participants also learned the steps in the process of book binding and were able to practice creating and binding their own books: