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E.C. Library Relaunches Maker in Residence Program

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s makerspace is seeking artists of all types to apply

Measha Vieth, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

CALLING ALL MAKERS! The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is bringing back its Maker in Residency Program.
CALLING ALL MAKERS! Do you have what it takes to get the Dabble Box buzzing? The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking applicants for its Maker in Residence Program.

Making stuff in a library kind of sounds like a foreign idea, don’t ya think? When you mention libraries, what usually comes to mind is an array of books on tall shelves, quiet time, and studying. However, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is about a lot more than books these days. The library hosts a plethora of events and houses professional art gallery, but its most unique spot is the RCU Dabble Box Makerspace.

The Dabble Box takes the fun part of the school – hands-on creating and curiosity – and brings it to a no-stress environment (no grading!), full of exploration, for people of all ages (8 on up) to enjoy. The space offers equipment ranging from robots and sewing machines to musical instruments. They’re currently on the lookout for artists, technicians, makers, designers, and hobbyists of all types to apply for their relaunched Maker in Residency program – in which they’ll get to use this fun space while sharing their making skills with others who may not otherwise have these opportunities.

There are two four-week maker residences in 2023: June 5 to June 30 and Nov. 6 to Dec. 1. The Maker in Residence will teach three two-hour workshops (one of which must be for all ages), hold regular studio hours during library open hours (four hours per week), and create an end-of-residency exhibition of work in the library or a maker-led Dabble Box community art project. Makers are encouraged to propose ideas that embrace their creativity and to think outside the box. Thanks to the support of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund, Residence Makers will receive a $750 stipend and supply reimbursement for up to $500.

For more info, or to apply to be a Maker in Residence, you can go to Applications are due by March 31, 2023.