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.

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 this event 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!


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:
November-December.

Wednesday, November 5

Crafting with Chris
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) This night will focus on sewing pillow cases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Thursday, November 6

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

Monday, November 10

Sewing 101
Come learn some sewing basics from Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. Make simple hats and scarves on this night!
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, November 12

Intro to Quilling
Come learn this cool paper craft with Ms. Samantha!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, November 19

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

Wednesday, December 3

Crafting with Chris
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) This night's project is to sew and decorate your own holiday stocking.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Thursday, December 4

4H Club
The NBFPL Handcrafting Makerspace is pleased to host the New Brunswick 4-H for a night of jewelry and button making.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Wednesday, December 10

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.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Monday, December 15

Sewing 101
Come learn some sewing basics from Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. Make a homeopathic hot pack on this night!
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, December 19

Open Night
Everyone is welcome to drop in to use our makerspace for your own hand-crafting! This night is especially for those crafters with projects and supplies of their own to work on: We will provide certain tools for use during this event, but instruction and materials will be limited.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

See photos from past events on our Flickr account!

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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!

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