New Brunswick Free Public Library

60 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901

New Brunswick Free Public Library

This makerspace logo was designed, handcrafted, and generously donated by Candyce Valor.


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!

On Friday, March 18, we celebrated 2016's NJ Makers Day with an "open house" type event. View photos here!

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!


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 Summer.


Knitting/Crocheting Club
Do you like to knit and/or crochet? Or do you want to learn? Join the club! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to old pros. Just bring your current project, or if you're new to knitting/crocheting, a willingness to learn! Participants exchange knitting/crocheting ideas while enjoying pleasant conversation. (This is an informal, self-run group and not a strictly instructional class.)
The Knitting/Crocheting Club regularly meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (with some exceptions): click here for a flier listing the dates for 2016! Each meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Summer 2016

The Makerspace will be taking a break during the Summer to allow for other events as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program! We do have a few Summer Events planned for July and August, however, and you can download the listing of the Summer Maker events here.

Summer Sewing
Pam Brooks, a local volunteer sewing expert, will guide participants in making reversible hats - great for taking those summer walks! Download a flier here (o en español aquí).
Wednesday July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested.

Paper Making
Exercise your crafting skills and make your own paper with librarian Mrs. Chen. Download a flier here (o en español aquí).
Monday July 25 at 6 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to all ages.

Book Buttons
Work out your artistic muscles and make your own pin-back buttons using old book pages and the Makerspace's button maker. Download a flier here (o en español aquí).
Wednesday August 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to all ages though children must be accompanied by guardians.

Summer Sewing
Join Pam Brooks, a local volunteer sewing expert, in making a simple quilt - great for curling up with to read that next great book! Download a flier here (o en español aquí).
Wednesday August 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
Open to ages 8 and up. Registration strongly suggested.

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! Please note that the edges of the circle will get crimped into the button, though, so keep that in mind if designing something of your own.

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