New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901
732.745.5108
nbfpl@lmxac.org

New Brunswick Free Public Library

NBFPL MAKERSPACE

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

Events

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 September > October > November.

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

Ongoing

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.)
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., 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 Wednesday (unless otherwise noted) from 3 to 4 p.m.
This event is held in the Teen Room, for teenagers only.

September 2016

Salsa Making
As part of the library's "Welcoming Week" programming, everyone is invited to come make salsa with ingredients grown in our very own Family Garden!
Wednesday September 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to all ages, though young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. On this night, we'll be making fabric tote bags!
Wednesday September 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested: call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or stop by at the Reference Desk.

October 2016

Banned Books-marks
Make personalized bookmarks to celebrate National Banned Books Week, using our sewing machines, Silhouette cutter, and heat press!
Wednesday October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to all ages, though young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Fall Fuse-Bead Art
Use fuse beads and a hot iron to create fun autumn artwork like pumpkins, fall leaves, or Halloween characters!
Wednesday October 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to ages 10 and up; younger children must be accompanied and closely supervised by a responsible adult.

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert.
Wednesday October 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested: call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or stop by at the Reference Desk.

November 2016

Voting Buttons
Make your own "Get Out and Vote" buttons to encourage everyone to get to the polls on Election Day!
Wednesday November 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to ages 8 and up: Drop in any time during the first hour to parcipate.

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert.
Wednesday November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested: call 732-745-5108 ext. 20 or stop by at the Reference Desk.

Paper Wreaths
Make a festive autumn wreath out of paper, just in time for Thanksgiving!
Wednesday November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
For teens and adults.

Cloth Crafting
Create a cute cloth tissue dispenser to soften the winter sniffles!
Wednesday November 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Open to all ages, though young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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

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Background

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)