“Public libraries are physical homes for the human imagination. The human imagination is represented physically in books, but also in the things we build and make. The media we make. The contraptions we devise. The songs we compose. The art we make.” ~Phil Shapiro, PC World
The Creativity Lab is a community makerspace located at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide all residents with the place, tools and learning opportunities they need to become inspired creators and explorers of art, technology, science, and fabrication.
The Lab houses tools for: 3D fabrication (including two 3D printers), sound recording, computer programming, graphic design, woodworking, jewelry making, electronics, and sewing. It is open many times per week to allow community members to freely use its tools with assistance from library staff, and classes are continually being offered for children, teens and adults to learn new skills. Please see our Calendar for information on future classes and public free-use hours (such as Open Lab and Teen Makers), and our Facebook page for continuous updates on new programming and tools.
The Creativity Lab depends on the support of many funders and community partners. The following organizations have been instrumental in making this project a reality.
City of Peabody
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners - LSTA Funding
Peabody Community Development Authority
Helen M. Sawitsky Trust
Peabody Institute Library Foundation
The Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries
Peabody Police Department
Peabody Institute Library
City of Peabody Department of Community Development
Peabody Public Schools
Salem State University
Torigian Family YMCA
North Shore Workforce Investment Board
ArcWorks Community Art Center
Peabody Access Telecommunications (PAT)
Montserrat College of Art
North Shore Community Action Programs
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