New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library


This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


All events are free and open to the public.
Please arrive on time to participate in workshops.
All ages are usually welcome, though some events may have restrictions.
Please ask at the reference desk (732-745-5108 ext.20) for more details.

Download a PDF Makerspace Event Flier:
for January | February.

The library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room functions as the makerspace on event dates, unless otherwise noted.


Knitting/Crocheting Club
Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you're new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)
As of December 2016, the Knitting/Crocheting Club will now meet only on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m., usually in the Community Room though sometimes in the Henry Guest House: check with a Librarian on meeting date.

Teen Room Hour of Code  
Our Teen Librarian welcomes all 13—18-year-olds to learn how to create a website using HTML or their very own computer game through MIT's Scratch.
Every Thursday* (unless otherwise noted) anytime between 2:30 & 6 p.m.
(*Date change beginning in January 2017.)
This event is held in the Teen Room, for teenagers only.

January 2017

Beginning in the new year, we will be switching to a schedule of every first and third Wednesday for Maker Nights.

Cloth Crafting
Sew your own pencil case (usable for things other than pencils -- such as reading glasses)!
Wednesday January 4 at 6:30 p.m.
For ages 8 and up; young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Sewing 101
Sew your own pull-on hat to keep warm during the cold months!
Wednesday January 18 at 6:30 p.m.
For ages 8 and up; young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Greeting Cards
Want to make something special for a special someone? Come make festive greeting cards that light up using conductive paint and mini LED lights!
Wednesday February 1 at 6:30 p.m.
For ages 10 and up.

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert.
Wednesday February 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.

Check back often, as additional events are posted as soon as possible! Review some past event calendars here.

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It all began with this exciting announcement from January 2014:

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is one of fifteen libraries statewide awarded funds from the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, through the New Jersey Library Makerspaces – The Leading Edge initiative. The initiative is to form creative laboratories where New Jersey residents can share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, network, and create.

The library will create a Handcrafting Makerspace. The goal is to provide access to materials and equipment used in both handcrafting and traditional methods of creation, including sewing machines, printing with transfer paper, button making, knitting, and small looms. There will be opportunities for all ages and for all of New Brunswick's diverse populations to make use of this expansion of the library’s service.

The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace launched on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The community was invited to check out the cool new stuff the library now has for everyone to use in creative ways. Paper crafts, sewing machines, jewelry making, and more ways to make things by hand were featured during this open house event. For information about the New Brunswick library’s Handcrafting Makerspace, call the library’s Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.

View pictures of the Kickoff, as well as other past programs, on our Flickr account!

On Friday, March 18, we celebrated 2016's NJ Makers Day with an "open house" type event. View photos here!

As of August 2016, we are in the process of incorporating more than handcrafting into the programs we offer, and have therefore removed that term from our Makerspace name. Stay tuned for exciting new developments!

The NBFPL Makerspace has the following equipment and materials:

  • Singer sewing machines
  • A Silhouette cutting machine (usable with paper and vinyl)
  • A heat press (usable for vinyl transfers)
  • A button maker (for making 2.25 inch pin-back buttons)
  • Assorted jewelry making tools
  • Knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Various, miscellaneous crafting supplies!

Download the button template here: any image that can fit into the 2.25 inch circle can be made into a button! Please note that the edges of the circle will get crimped into the button, though, so keep that in mind if designing something of your own.

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Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-5pm; Sunday*: 1-5pm (*except in Summer)