Local Celebrity

Over the summer, 8th Grade student Luke M. volunteered at the Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk helping to prepare their new Maker Studio for the public. He made such an impact that he was one of the students invited to be a ribbon cutter at the Grand Opening last week, along with community leaders such as Mayor Kenny Alexander, former Mayor Paul Fraim, and Dr. Deborah DiCroce, President/CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Saint Patrick Board Member.

The Maker Studio contains 3D scanners and printers, a laser cutter, four high-end modeling stations, sewing and embroidery machines, and soldering kits. There will also be a dedicated space for recording, mixing, and editing audio projects. Most of the equipment is free to use, with a Norfolk Public Library card, but make sure to make an appointment.

Luke used the library’s creative studios to learn stop-motion animation and his short film “Book Buddies” was shown at the opening. Luke was also featured in a recent Inside Business article about the opening. He says he wants to work on other projects and is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. We look forward to seeing his future productions!