This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.
The library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room functions as the Makerspace on event dates, unless otherwise noted. All events are free and open to the public. Please ask at the reference desk (732-745-5108 ext.20) for more details.
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 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.
This event is held in the Teen Room, for teenagers only.
NJ Makers Day
Join us as we participate in a statewide celebration of the maker movement! We'll have different "creation stations" set up and you can drop by any time during the day to MAKE something! Friday March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome, though young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. On this evening, we'll be making aprons. Wednesday April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.
Please arrive on time to participate.
Project TBA. Wednesday May 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Design your own vinyl decal to customize whatever you like! Wednesday May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Minimum age to attend is 7 years old. Registration required: Call 732-745-5108 x20 or sign up at the Reference Desk.
Check back often, as additional events are posted as soon as possible! Review some past event calendars here.
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.