The Alachua County Library District is excited to delve into the world of makerspaces, places where community members can gather to tinker, make, and learn together. The Tower Road Branch's makerspace is FOODIEspace, where families and people of all ages can make and discover food together with the help of library cookbooks, local chefs, and businesses.
While a few restaurants and home chefs may offer cooking classes in the Gainesville area, these can be costly for individuals and families on a budget. FOODIEspace programs will help those from all walks of life explore local and seasonal recipes and food, learn cooking techniques from chefs, and experiment with fun technology like the PancakeBot and Yaylabs Ice Cream Ball. We will also have kid friendly utensil kits, to make food preparation safer for kids.
Did you know cooking has educational benefits? Cooking requires being able to follow directions, collaboration, measurements and conversion (math skills), reading recipes (literacy skills) and food preparation (fine motor skills). Check out this interesting article on Food Makerspaces on National Geographic's food blog The Plate.
To support this makerspace and food programs, Tower Road Branch will have a kitchen area in the meeting room following the highly anticipated remodel which will begin towards the end of 2016. Until then, enjoy this series of programs all about food and some good cookbooks.
Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap Eat Well on $4 A Day Katie Parla's Tasting Rome