Makerspace

The library has repurposed the former Computer Center into a designated Teen Lounge space for students in Grades 7-12. This space contains the Teen print collection, public computers, comfortable seating, charging stations, and a makerspace.

The makerspace is available for anyone to use by appointment. The print collection is also available for everyone to browse and check out, however the seating in the Teen Lounge space and its computers, games, and programming is reserved for teens.

This new space was made possible by an American Rescue Plan grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, and awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

The makerspace is equipped with the following tools:

 

3D Printers

3D printing has a wide variety of uses. Users can create anything from jewelry and puzzle pieces to architectural models and cookie cutters. Prints can range from artistic to functional, all based on the user’s creativity and needs.

Staff in the library’s public Technology Department will work with patrons to find and select 3-D design files from a variety of sources and to upload the file to the printer which uses PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament. Many color options are available.

Patrons will not be using the 3D printers themselves. Instead, a print request must be submitted and library staff will complete the jobs during library hours. Objects selected must take less than four hours to print. Printing cost, which includes materials, is $1 per hour. Patrons are limited to one print request every seven days.

The library’s 3D printers may not be used to create material that is prohibited by local, state, or federal law, is unsafe or harmful, or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others (i.e. gun parts) or is obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.

Please review the 3D Printing Policy for further guidelines and to access a printable printing request form. To submit a printing request online, fill out this online form.

 

Button Maker
A button maker is a tool that makes it easy to make a variety of fun buttons. Our makerspace includes an American Button Maker Model 150. It can be used to make buttons with photos or other designs printed on paper only (no fabric). Buttons are 1.25 inches in size and are $.50 each to make, or you can make three buttons for $1.00.

Visit American Button Machine’s Video Tutorial Library for design tips and ideas.

 

 

 

Cricut®
Our Cricut Maker 3 is a craft machine that can cut, draw, emboss, engrave, perforate, and score a variety of materials.

The Cricut is free to use, but patrons will need to purchase or bring in their own supplies. Cardstock may be purchased at the library for $.25 per page. Patrons who wish to print on vinyl will need to bring their own. Vinyl for Cricut projects is available at most craft stores.

A free Cricut Design Space™ account is needed to use the machine. This account provides access to project templates and free images that can be use in designs. You can also upload your own images and fonts for free.

Tutorials for the Design Space and the Maker 3 machine are available on the Cricut® website.

 

 

Heat Press

The Cricut Heat Press can be used to make custom T-Shirt designs. The machine is free to use, just bring your own T-shirt.

Visit How To Make T-Shirts with Cricut for design instructions and more information about using the Heat Press.

 

 

 

 

Laminator
A Fellowes Saturn 3i 125 Laminator is available for use in the makerspace.

It costs $0.25 to laminate items that fit on an 8.5×11 inch page. $0.50/page for 11×17. Laminating sheets the library provides are the ONLY sheets that may be used during the laminating process.

The library is not responsible for any damage that may occur to documents while they’re being laminated. Certain items, such as social security cards and vaccine cards should not be laminated.

 

 

Mug Press

Our VivoHome Mug Press can be used to print designs on a white mug that is purchased at the library. Staff assistance is required for the mug press due to the high temperatures the machine will reach when in use.

Mugs are $7.00 each.

 

 

 

 

For more information about using makerspace tools, contact the library at 330-832-9831.