Transition Guelph project is seeking funding for new “Creator Kits” to help bring unique ideas to life
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 23 2018
Set to launch on Tuesday, November 27th in conjunction with Giving Tuesday, the Guelph Tool Library is looking to raise $2,500 in order to add a series of specialty kits to their inventory. The kits will allow users to carry out special interest projects such as podcasting, video production, robotics, and backyard chicken hatching.
The Guelph Tool Library currently has an inventory of over 500 unique tools, including kitchen appliances, party supplies, arts and crafts resources, gardening equipment, renovation tools, and more. They also host Repair Cafés to repair your broken items, and offer courses for you to learn about tool usage, waste reduction, food production, and more.
In 2017, the Guelph Tool Library ran a crowdfunding campaign to facilitate their move to Tytler School. Since the relocation, their member base has almost tripled, and they have increased their hours and capacity run programs and connect with the community.
With their Indiegogo campaign funds, the GTL hopes to acquire the following "Creator Kits":
• Podcaster kit -HPM1000 stereo headphone with mini jack and 6.3 mm adapter, XENYX502 channel studio mixer with XLR input/microphone preamplifier, UCA200, XM8500, UCA200 - 22 I/O USB audio interface with hardwired USB cable, Table microphone tripod
• Incubator kit - A kit to hatch various types of bird eggs
• Robot kit - Robot, USB charging cord, Two building brick connectors, Documentation
When asked about this next step for the Guelph Tool Library, coordinator John Dennis writes:
'Most of our inventory has been donated but we are looking to expand our offerings. This campaign is to target and purchase items that we thought would be great additions to our inventory but unlikely to be donated.
We are always looking for ideas and inspiration for our collection. The idea of "maker kits" came from our friends at the Wellington County Library and the Portland Tool Library.
We are always looking for new and innovative ways to serve our members. The maker kits are a new way for our tools to be used.'
These kits hope to increase the creative capacity of the citizens of Guelph, and remove financial barriers between inspiration and the realization of big ideas.
Starting on Tuesday, November 27th, people will be able to support this campaign by placing a pledge, with tiers starting at $10 for tool library branded swag, discounted memberships for $30, $50 for a bundle that includes swag and a membership, and $500 for a year's worth of courses, a GTL t-shirt and tote bag, and a 2-year membership.