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Welcome to the SPL Makerspace!

We are located at 1 Bridge St., Lakefield, opening September 2022.

Do you want to book a tour or register for a workshop? Registration for September workshop will open mid-August. Bookings for tours and open work time will start the week of September 5th. 

Our hours will be:

Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday | 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

What is a Makerspace?

The idea behind makerspaces is simple: they are places where people can come together to learn about technology, crafts and other kinds of making, to share knowledge and skills with others, and to apply this knowledge and skill by creating things. You can explore using high-tech to no-tech tools. 


Makerspace at 1 Bridge Street Lakefield

 Guidelines

  • The SPL Makerspace is available to all ages and all skill levels. All users must present a makerspace card in good standing.
  • Demonstration of competency will be required for use of some equipment.
  • All appointments must be pre-booked. This includes: tours of the space, open makerspace work time, workshops, and classes.
  • Tools used in the space must be returned by the maker to their original location in a clean state.
  • The workspace also needs to be cleaned before the maker leaves.
  • SPL Makerspace does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly, or does not work.
  • SPL Makerspace  reserves the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violates library policy, including the creation of weapons, or illegal items.
  • Only library computers may be connected to library machines, like the 3D printers, vinyl cutter, Glowforge etc. 
  • Covered drinks are welcome in the makerspace. Food is not permitted.
  • SPL Makerspace is not responsible for equipment or files left behind.
  • Use of the makerspace is subject to the rules in the User Agreement, the Selwyn Public Library Customer Code of Conduct Policy 4.1.5, Acceptable Use of Equipment, Software, and Networks Policy 6.1.2, as well as any other applicable Library policies and procedures.

 

  • Users 17 years of age and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign the user agreement form and registration form on their behalf. 
  • Users 13 years of age and older can use the makerspace and work unsupervised. 
  • Users ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Exceptions may be made for some children’s programs at the discretion of the Children’s Programming Coordinator and the Technology and Training Coordinator. 

 Resources
Copyright

Selwyn Public Library Makerspace Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy

Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s website

Copyright Act

 

Commercial License 

*A growing collection of sites that offer files with different commercial licenses. 

*It’s the user’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions for each site.

Design Bundles

Class Visits

We would love to have your class visit our makerspace.

Visits can include a tour of the space, overview of equipment, design time, production, and/or a curriculum connection. 

Please contact Heidi to discuss and book your class visit.

 Volunteer

SPL Makerspace is looking for a full team of volunteers as we move towards opening our Makerspace. A variety of jobs are available. 

  • Create fun and useful products
  • teach others how to use a particular machine
  • assist with workshops 
  • General administrative duties

Makerspace Volunteer Application

 

Crafting for a Cause Volunteers

Love crafting and want to give back to the community/those in need?

Our team of "Crafting for a Cause" volunteers will work on quarterly projects coordinated by the SPL Makerspace and a local organization/group. 

At the end of each quarter products will be donated.

Interested? Email Heidi 

 

SPL Makershop Volunteers

The SPL Makershop is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who love crafting and supporting the library. 

With the SPL Makershop, volunteers will make items that will be sold in the makerspace to raise fundraising dollars for the library & makerspace. All materials and supplies provided.

Interested? Email Heidi

Workshops
Our first pop-up SPL Makerspace workshop happened on Thursday July 28th. 

Check back later for info on our next one in August.

 Questions?

We'd love to hear from you.

For now, please send all questions to makerspace@mypubliclibrary.ca

We hope to have a phone line by August! 

The new SPL Makerspace is thanks to a $78,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. 

Ontario Trillium Foundation

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