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 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 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, 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. Download a flier here.

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

Crochet Makernight
Come learn a yarn-related craft with our Tween Librarian, Ms. Chelsea. Crochet a friendship cuff on this night!
6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Ages 10+ preferred. Young children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Download a flier here.

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 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. Download a flier here.

Wednesday, December 17

Intro to Quilling
{Rescheduled from November 12.}
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. Download a flier here.

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Review past event calendars here. 2015 programs will be posted as soon as possible!


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)