This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.
NBFPL HANDCRAFTING MAKERSPACE
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!
The library's community room will function as the makerspace on event dates: programs will be listed as soon as possible. See below for event information to find out when to come visit this new addition to the library's services!
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.
LibrarYarns - Crochet with Chelsea
Learn the basics of crochet, like chaining and stitching, with Ms. Chelsea! Ages 10 and up only, please. Download a flier here. 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration suggested: Please sign up at the reference desk or call 732-745-5108 extension 20.
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.)
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (with some exceptions): click here for a flier listing the dates for 2016! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Makerspace will be taking a break during the Summer, but please visit our Adult Summer Reading page for information about Summer Sewing projects on July 20 and August 10, as well as a couple other maker programs!
Check back often, as additional events are posted as soon as possible! Review some past event calendars here.
Please call the library (732-745-5108 extension 20) or stop by the reference desk to ask a librarian about any projects you may like to work on!
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.