It’s the year of economic and environmental sustainability for the Patchogue-Medford Library. Library Director Danielle Paisley gathered with library staff members Michele Cayea, Jessica Oelcher and Tabitha Kirshey to discuss the new, upcoming programs aimed at empowering patrons and young professionals and encouraging economic sustainability.
Makerspace with Cricut Maker machine, 3-D printer and more
The Makerspace room on the lower level was empty, but it will be hopping with people by the end of the month. Kirshey will be in charge.
“The equipment has been ordered,” Paisley said. “It will help the community become more innovative and learn something new. So, in the beginning, we’ll be offering Makerspace programming as an introduction that someone can do.” That would include the Cricut cutter. “You can do wedding invitations with that,” pointed out Oelcher. “It also cuts vinyl,” added Cayea. “You can do irons-on.”
A laser engraver, a large-scale printer, a computer with Photoshop capability as well as a 3-D printer and sewing machines are on their way.
“We find the new generation understands shared economy,” Paisley said. “In my dishwasher, for example, I have a rack; and if one of the wheels broke, I can design it with the 3-D printer and make it here. We’ve focused on the basics of design and printing for ages 8 and up.”
“You can cut down on your footprint,” offered Oelcher. “With companies like Amazon, they deliver and then there’s all that packaging.”
The Makerspace programs will be offered by appointment at first, as a way to get a handle on demand; you can even watch the action through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the hallway.
As for sewing, “there’s been a renewed interest in learning that skill and passing it on,” she said. “A professional from Cornell Cooperative Extension will be giving lessons,” said Paisley.
For young professionals with side jobs
“We found out that our young employees have side jobs,” Paisley said. “Some do it because they love it; others, because they need the money.”
So “Make a Living Doing What You Love,” with author Nicole Jean Christian, will be offered in a one-hour presentation at the BrickHouse Brewery on Feb. 27, in partnership with the Greater Patchogue Chamber’s Patchogue Young Professionals, who are hosting a networking event after the talk.
Termed “The Grant Virtuoso,” Christian is a successful consultant and economic development expert who wrote “How to Consult, Coach, Freelance and Gig: Gain Financial Independence by Doing What You Know and What You Love.”
The free presentation by Christian will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Then the Patchogue Young Professionals will host a cash bar, music and the ability to network and get Nicole’s book signed,” said Paisley.
Stony Brook Medicine’s Healthy Libraries Program (HeLP)
“We partnered with Stony Brook Medicine on this, so there will be a social worker, public health nurse and nursing students supervised by a licensed practitioner starting in February who will be available Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings,” Paisley said. The initiative will promote resources for healthy lifestyles and reduce the risk for health concerns for those patrons seeking advice. “It’s not a traditional program for us,” Paisley said. “They’re doing it as a pilot program with us and the Longwood, Brentwood, and Huntington libraries. People tend to think librarians know everything but our job is to connect people with the resources they need.”
And, as Oelcher said, “Not everyone has a primary care physician, so it’s a good place to go for a trusted source.”
Besides having access to health care databases with specific peer reviewed articles “the Stony Brook staff come with their own cell phones and can refer directly to who or what can help them,” Paisley said.
Library in Medford; environmental sustainability
Paisley said the library is close to signing a lease in Medford.
As for environmental actions, “we’ve replaced our lighting with LED bulbs, are investigating better ways to recycle and are working with Protecting the Environment in Patchogue,” she said. n