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.
For information on the Makerspace initiative, please visit this page of the New Jersey State Library's website. For information about the New Brunswick library’s Handcrafting Makerspace, call the library’s Reference Desk at 732-745-5108 x20.
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.
View pictures of the Kickoff, as well as other past programs, on our Flickr account!
The library's community room will function as the makerspace every Wednesday until December 17 (except November 26) as well as on a few other dates in the coming months. 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.
All ages are welcome, though young children who need supervision may only attend certain events with an accompanying adult.
Please ask at the reference desk (732-745-5108 ext.20) for more details.
Crafting with Christine
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) Sew yourself a nifty notebook cover on this night. 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Wednesday, March 11
Join our Tween Librarian, Ms. Chelsea, and New Brunswick 4-H in using simple hand looms! 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
For kids in grades 4 and up.
Monday, March 16
Learn how to fit/use a pattern and stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. On this night, make pajama bottoms for boys and girls (rescheduled from the February date which was canceled due to inclement weather.) 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
*Registration required: Please sign up at the reference desk or call 732-745-5108 extension 20. Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Wednesday, March 18
Ms. Rosy, our Teen Librarian, will lead a jewelry-making craft. On this night, make tassel bracelets. 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Ages 12 and up preferred.
Saturday, March 21
Everyone is welcome to come see what the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace is all about as we participate in NJ Makers Day, a state-wide celebration of the Maker culture! Come and try your hand at different equipment and ways to make something of your very own. Check out njmakersday.org for more information about this special day. 10 AM - 12 noon in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Wednesday, March 25
Upcycled Paper Craft
Learn how to weave a basket with recycled magazines! 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
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! (For those interested in the specific type of button maker we have, find that information here.)