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.
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 February > March.

Wednesday, February 3

Crafting with Christine
Need assistance with your crafting project? Christine has years of experience & can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) Tonight's project will be sewing a fabric bookmark: download a flier here.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
*Registration encouraged: Please sign up at the reference desk or call 732-745-5108 extension 20. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, February 10

LibrarYarns
Come make yarn hearts with Ms. Chelsea, just in time for Valentine's Day! Download a flier here.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
All ages are welcome to attend this program, and no sign-up is required.

Wednesday, February 17

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. On this night we'll be making heart-shaped sachets/pillows. Download a flier here.
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 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult: Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.

Wednesday, February 24

Upcycled Pencil Holders
Use discarded magazines to make your very own pencil holders! This fun craft is another way to recycle materials. Download a flier here.
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. Open to all ages.

Wednesday, March 2

Crafting with Christine
Need assistance with your crafting project? Christine has years of experience & can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) Tonight's project will be sewing shamrock coasters: download a flier here.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
*Registration encouraged: Please sign up at the reference desk or call 732-745-5108 extension 20. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, March 16

Sewing 101
Stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. This night's project is to be announced.
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 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult: Minimum age to attend is 8 years old.

Friday, March 18 is NJ Makers Day!

NJ Makers Day
The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace will have an "open house" type event in participation with this statewide celebration of the Maker movement. Download a flier here!
10 AM - 4:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
All ages are welcome, and no sign-up is required.

Wednesday, March 30

Jewelry Repair
Bring in any of your own jewelry items that are in need of repair and join Ms. Rosy for a fix-it-up session using our makerspace tools!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
No sign-up is required.

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)