I just participated in a webinar about "makers' spaces" in public libraries, and there are some exciting things going on around the country.
Part of the discussion focused, for example, on 3D printers, which have dropped in price to an astonishing extent.
Libraries can spend as little as $499 to have a fully functional 3D printer that replicates all kinds of small objects -- from Star Wars figures to game dice to small tools that really work.
There's a device called the Raspberry Pi that is basically a computer. It costs $35.
The library long-range plan has us putting together a makers' space here in Wimberley, so we are heading down that road.
With prices like these, we will get there sooner than later.
Meanwhile, I'm looking for local "makers" who would like to help us map out what to do.