Library Machinery

From the DailyNews Online: Third-graders watch as children's books are printed with the Espresso Book Machine at the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday. (Phillip Greenberg/Courtesy of Berlin Rosen)

The Fayetteville Free Library and its introduction of the MakerBot into its community services is an astounding motivator for libraries to understand that learning-in all of its forms- should be a high priority. Books, CDs, DVDs, computers, video games, 3D printers, and now DIY bookmaking services, all are opportunities to learn, create, and expand.

The Brooklyn Public Library announced last week that they installed an Espresso Book Machine in their main branch at Grand Army Plaza. Seriously guys, you are my heroes. The functionalities of this addition are infinite:

  • at the most elemental level, it teaches people how books are made-while one is actually produced!
  • with that knowledge, people can better understand the history of the book, through cross-curriculum programs that highlight the evolution of binding, paper-making, and hand-illustration
  • the machine provides budding authors of all ages the prospect of turning their ideas and pictures into a tangible product, fostering accomplishment and success
  • from a marketing standpoint, it brings people into the physical library building, which these days is a definite struggle at certain times of the year
  • promotes the library as a stable institution that can withstand budget and incremental staff cuts


Hundreds of libraries are moving up the tech ladder, even if it’s as simple as creating an online chat with Librarians for research or maintaining a twitter feed for the digital community. Just like passing out fliers and putting ads in the local Pennysavers, every little bit helps–and we’re all in it together!