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Fayetteville Free Library to build first public 3-D imaging lab in U.S.

Fayetteville Free Library Transliteracy Development Director Lauren Britton Smedley, left, and Executive Director Sue Considine  are  pictured in the  library’s east wing, the future home of the FFL Fab Lab and Business Center. They are standing with a “Maker-bot,” a device that prints 3-D objects donated to the library by Manlius business owner William Mahoney.

Fayetteville Free Library Transliteracy Development Director Lauren Britton Smedley, left, and Executive Director Sue Considine are pictured in the library’s east wing, the future home of the FFL Fab Lab and Business Center. They are standing with a “Maker-bot,” a device that prints 3-D objects donated to the library by Manlius business owner William Mahoney. Courtesy FFL

— “Funding to support the developing program is strong and substantial in local in-kind support,” Considine said. “We are pursuing state and federal funding including an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for $100,000. We are currently exploring capital funding from multiple arenas one being a final approval for a New York State DLD Library Construction Grant for $251,000.”

Mahoney said Express Computer Services looks forward to being a continuing part of helping the library in its future endeavors.

“We would love to play an active role with them whether it’s training — teaching people — to use the product and just being there as they continue to grow,” he said. ““Lauren’s been a great asset to the library. It will be interesting to see what else happens in the future.”

Matt Liptak is a freelance reporter for Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached through the editor at editor@eaglebulletin.com.

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