Students use the equipment at the HATCH makerspace, hosted by the Watertown Free Public Library.

The HATCH makerspace, which officially opened in January, is overseen by the library and provides free access to 3-D printers, sewing machines, soldering equipment, basic hand tools, Arduino electronics systems and computer programming software. It’s part of a bigger evolution among libraries looking to shed the dusty books-only stereotype in favor of programming that keeps them relevant in the so-called “innovation economy.”More →