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Oscar Foss Library acquires 3D printer


September 16, 2021
BARNSTEAD — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to use a 3D printer? Well, now you can find out!

This summer, the Oscar Foss Memorial Library received a Summer Learning Grant from the New Hampshire State Library that allowed us to purchase our very own 3D printer. It's a neat little machine that can print all sorts of different objects; it really came in handy during our summer reading program when we used it to create prize tokens, a Cat vs. Dog checkers game, and DIY Pet Tag kits. These doggie bone-shaped pet tags were sold at our local Barnstead Farmer's Market, and the kits are now available for purchase-by donation-here at the library (proceeds go to our STEM club).

After going through a brief orientation, library patrons can use the 3D printer here at the library. The 3D printer company's website offers free items for you to print, or you can create your own using the website's tools and app. The goal of the Summer Learning Grant is to help reduce learning loss over the summer by providing educational opportunities in safe and supportive environments, like your local library.

Funding for the grant was provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the New Hampshire State Library.

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