Makerspace Programs, Classes, and Workshops

Needlework Drop-In

A time for people to work on their own projects. No formal teaching provided.
Coffee and tea provided.

Knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, hand-embroidery.

October Dates: 
Tuesday, October 3 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

No registration required.

Lakefield Farmers' Market Vendor

Join us for the last Farmers' Market of the season. The SPL Makerspace will be there with lots of fall, Thanksgiving, holiday, and Christmas items. All proceeds support Library and Makerspace programming.

Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ink Printing & Botanical Collage with Holly Edwards


Botanical Collage
During a 3 hour class participants will learn how to make botanical collage papers using Gelli plates, water-based inks, and floral pieces.
You will then construct collages using the papers created, addition collage papers, and prints on a piece of wood.

This class is appropriate for beginners and no prior experience with ink printing is required.  

$30 paid in-person or online.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
PROGRAM FULL: Registration Closed

Date: Thursday, October 12

Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
PROGRAM FULL: Registration Closed

Date: Thursday, October 19th
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Register for Thurs Oct 19th evening class

DIY Paint Night - Teen Program

Join us for a fun night of painting and socializing. No formal teaching is being provided. This is a night for your own creativity. We will provide you with a canvas, acrylic paint, and some pictures for inspiration. Paint what comes to mind!

Open to teens ages 13-18.

$10 paid online or in-person.

Date: Tuesday, October 17th

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Register for Teen DIY Paint Night

Pumpkin Suncatcher – Kids Program


Pumpkin Suncatcher
Join us for a fun morning as we create pumpkin suncatchers using leaves!

Pumpkin frame will be cut from wood on the laser that children will paint.

This program is for children ages 4-12 and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

$5 paid online or in-person.

Date: Saturday, October 21

Time: 10 a.m.
Register for Pumpkin Suncatchers

Digitize Negatives & Slides

Learn how to scan your negatives and slides, basic photo editing (on digitizing device), transfer and save onto USB/external memory.

Date: Tuesday, October 24

Time: 1 p.m.

Register for Digitizing Negatives & Slides 

Eco Printing Silk Scarf with Melanie Marion

Eco Printing Silk Scarf
Come and explore the art of botanical printing on cloth. This four hour workshop will introduce you to the art of Eco Printing and Eco Smashing by using local flowers, leaves and herbs to create a natural printed silk scarf. Each participant will leave with the skills needed to continue this practice at home.  Melanie will introduce you to mordanting and fixing your cloth, and the basic skills of printing with plants and flowers.

This class is appropriate for beginners and no prior experience with eco printing is required.  

$30 paid in-person or online.

Date: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Register for October 26th program

Date: Thursday, November 2nd
Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Register for November 2nd program

About SPL Makerspace

Location: 1 Bridge Street, Lakefield

You can book your visit by phone by calling us at 705 651-8601. View our list of machines and services below. 

Our hours:

Tuesdays - 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays  - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursdays - 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. 

SPL Makerspace 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.
  • Scheduled appointments are strongly suggested. This includes: tours of the space, open makerspace work time, and membership registration.
  • All classes, workshops, and programs are pre registration required. 
  • 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. 

Volunteer and Crafting for a Cause 


SPL Makerspace is looking for volunteers who will assisit with many tasks, including the following: 

  • 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 

Current Projects:

NICU Octopus

NICU Hearts


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

Class Visits

We would love to have your class visit our makerspace.

Visits can include a tour of the space and overview of equipment.

Please contact Heidi to discuss and book your class visit.



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


We'd love to hear from you.

Phone Number: 705 651-8601

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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