New Brunswick Free Public Library

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

New Brunswick Free Public Library

makerspace
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!
   

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!


Events

All events are free and open to the public.
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 July > August.

~ The Makerspace will be taking a break during the summer and will only have one July event and one August event, tied in with our Adult Summer Reading Program. ~

Wednesday, July 29

Be an Environmental Hero: Up-cycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag
Join volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks to learn how to create a tote bag out of that old t-shirt you never wear!
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: Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.

Wednesday, August 19

Be an Environmental Hero: Up-cycle your old T-Shirts into a Quilt
Join volunteer sewing expert Pam Brooks to learn how to learn how to turn your old t-shirts into a super quilt!
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: 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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equipment listing

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.)

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