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3D model of the Central Library in Calgary, Alberta

The Calgary Public Library Foundation has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a makerspace called IdeaLab. IdeaLab will reside in Calgary’s New Central Library scheduled to open in 2018. The public space will be dedicated to increasing the digital and creative skills of Calgary’s citizens and provide the opportunity to explore technology and engage in hands-on learning.

The Calgary Public Library Foundation needs your help Calgarians! Of the $100,000 pledged goal for the project, only $19,000 has been raised with just a few days left in the campaign. Please fund this project so our New Central Library includes a space where people of all ages have access to innovative technologies.

It only takes $1 to participate. Higher pledge reward tiers include tote bags, mini-figures, LEGO models, exclusive tour and dinner party with Craig Dykers of Snøhetta (the lead architect of the New Central Library) and a plaque recognizing your contribution to the IdeaLab in the New Central Library. The campaign is aiming for 60,000 backers to demonstrate community support for the IdeaLab. Your contribution will support the development of science, technology, engineering, art and design and math (STEAM) literacy in our city. 

The New Central Library is the literary cornerstone of the East Village redevelopment plan. Construction of the future library entered into Phase 2 on September 30, 2015. Work has now begun on building the 240,000 square foot facility. The $245 million project is on schedule to open in 2018. The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is funding $70 million of the project, with the remaining $175 million coming from city council.

A 100,000-piece LEGO model of the New Central Library is currently on display at the downtown Central Library location on the main floor. 

Click here to find out more about the IdeaLab.


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