New Brunswick Free Public Library

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

New Brunswick Free Public Library

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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 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!


Events

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.

Download a PDF Makerspace Event Calendar:
September-October.

Saturday, September 13

Makerspace Kickoff
Come celebrate the launch of the NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace! Check out the cool new stuff at the library for all community members to use in creative ways. Paper crafts, jewelry making, and more ways to make things by hand will be featured during this open house event. Try out our sewing machines and make your own bag, customize your own t-shirt (please bring one) with our new heat press, or simply explore the options and be inspired. All ages welcome!
View pictures of this event on our Flickr account!

Wednesday, September 17

Crafting with Chris
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) She'll also be making throw pillows with our beginner crafters on this date.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, September 24

Makerspace Open Night
Everyone is welcome to drop in to use our equipment and supplies for any handcrafting projects you may want to work on!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Wednesday, October 1

4H Club
The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace is pleased to host the New Brunswick 4-H!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Wednesday, October 8

Crafting with Chris
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) She'll also be making drawstring bags with our beginner crafters on this date.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, October 15

Knit/Crochet Makernight
Come learn a yarn-related craft with our Tween Librarian, Ms. Chelsea!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Monday, October 20

Sewing 101
Come learn some sewing basics from Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. This initial workshop will focus on a no-sew, autumn-themed project, but those who are interested can learn some hand sewing techniques too!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Registration requested: 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, October 22

Jewelry Makernight
Make tree pendants with our Teen Librarian, Ms. Rosy!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to ages 12 and up.

Thursday, October 23

Family Spooky Craft Night with 4-H
Come join the New Brunswick 4-H in creating Halloween decorations!
7 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Wednesday, October 29

Makerspace Open Night
Everyone is welcome to drop in to use our equipment and supplies for any handcrafting projects you may want to work on!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Stay tuned for more event details, to be posted soon!

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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!

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