Coming soon to Taunton Library: The Glass Box

 Glass box photo

Digital and business experts are being invited to join Somerset County Council and Taunton Library in an innovative new project.

The Glass Box, so-called because it will be making its home in the window-walled former Tourist Information Centre in Paul Street, will be a free, community space designed to help business start-ups, innovators and digital makers come together.

The unique facility will offer:

  • Digital skills training for business start-ups and small businesses
  • Digital making activities such as Code Club, robotics and 3D printing
  • Free Wi-Fi and a space to meet
  • Business information, signposting and support drop-ins

The Library Service are looking for individuals and organisations willing to collaborate to inspire young people to build their digital skills or offer support to budding entrepreneurs or small business.

Do you have digital skills to share, such as coding, robotics, digital making, 3D printing or app creation? Or are you a company or organisation that could share business expertise, whether it’s mentoring, marketing, funding, innovation, intellectual property, or showcasing digital technology?

Although some activities are already in the pipeline, the Somerset Library Service is looking for people and organisations to get involved and offer services and activities. These could be one-off sessions or regular events, workshops or bookable advice sessions.

Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Somerset libraries said: “This is a very exciting project that shows the changing and expanding role of our libraries.

“It will offer a dynamic space for like-minded people to work together, in the spirit of collaboration to build digital competence for small business as well as addressing the digital skills gap by giving the confidence and knowledge to young people through coding and digital making activities.”

Anyone interested in being involved in The Glass Box project can contact the library development team by emailing librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk to find out more.

For the latest information on The Glass Box, visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk or @GlassBoxTaunton on Twitter.