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 the Kickoff, as well as other past programs, on our Flickr account!
   

The library's community room will function as the makerspace every Wednesday (with some exceptions) as well as on other 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 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:
April > May.

{Please note that the Makerspace will be open every other Wednesday in April, due to other events this month. For instance, the library's Book Sale.}

Wednesday, April 1

Crafting with Christine
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) Create a "shoe box bag" 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.

Monday, April 6

Sewing 101
Learn how to fit/use a pattern and stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. On this night, make a stylish bag of your choice (using one of a few different patterns provided).
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, April 15

Jewelry MakerNight
Ms. Rosy, our Teen Librarian, will lead a jewelry-making craft. Make yourself a unique keychain on this night.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Ages 12 and up preferred.

Wednesday, April 29

Poetry Pocket
Tomorrow is National Poem in your Pocket day, so come make yourself a Poetry Pocket! This will be an easy sewing craft for all ages.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

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Wednesday, May 6

Crafting with Christine
Need assistance with your crafting project? Chris has years of experience and can give you great tips (in English AND Spanish!) Tonight's project will be bibs -- just in time for Mother's Day!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Wednesday, May 13

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

Wednesday, May 20

Sewing 101
Learn how to fit/use a pattern and stitch yourself a simple something special with Pam Brooks, volunteer sewing expert. Sew yourself a simple skirt on this night.
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, May 27

Customize Your Own T-Shirt
Bring your own cotton shirt or use one of our plain white t-shirts to customize using vinyl cutouts (you choose the design!) and our heat press.
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

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Check back often, as additional events are posted as soon as possible! Review some past event calendars here.


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)