Makerspace Classes & Workshops

February Programs 

Sublimation Mug

Grab your favourite photos (digital copies only) and learn to create a custom mug!

$10 paid at the end of class

 

Thursday, February 22nd at 1pm - Register Here 

sublimation mug example

Inkscape 101

Learn the basics of Inkscape design software for laser projects. 
We will cover:
  • how to turn an image into an SVG and why
  • fill and stroke
  • basic shapes
  • Score vs. engrave vs. cut
Thursday, February 29th at 6pm - Register Here 

Teen Program: Sublimation Keychain

Learn how to create and make a sublimation keychain. 

 

All material supplied. 
$2 paid at the end of class. 
Program is open to teens ages 13-19.
Teens can be accompanied by an adult or dropped-off. Pickup at 7:45pm
Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30pm 
sublimation keychain example

Early March Programs - Registration Open
March Break Programs - Registration Open

Paint with Nature (Ages 4-12)

Leave the mess in the SPL Makerspace! 
Open to children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 
Each child will get a canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, and some nature pieces to create their own masterpiece. 
Feel free to bring your own nature pieces if you like (pine branches, cedar leaves, sticks, berries, rocks, feathers, etc) 
Saturday March 2nd 10am. 
painting with nature

 Makerspace Saturday Drop-In

Drop in for a tour of the space, learn more about the equipment, and ask questions.

Saturday, March 2nd
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Inkscape and Text

Working with text can take on a life of its own. 
During this one hour class we will explore text in Inkscape.
  • how to preview font styles
  • Engraving text vs. cutting text (stroke vs fill)
  • Cursive text
  • Sizing text for a project
Thursday, March 7th at 1pm

March Break: Friendship Bracelets (Grades 5 to 12)

Open to children and teens in Grades 5 to 12. 

 

We will bring out all the colour of thread we have and you can create! Some basic patterns will be taught. Or teach the group a pattern you love! 
One registration per person. 
Children & teens can be accompanied by a caregiver or dropped off. Pickup is 7:30pm.
Tuesday, March 12th 6:00 - 7:30pm
friendship bracelets

March Break: Air-Dry Clay (Ages 4-12)

Open to children ages 4-12. 

 

Each child will be provided with 1lb of air-dry clay for them to create with. 
Some simple design examples will be available. 
Decorate with beads and sequins if you wish. 
Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 
Thursday, March 14th 6:00 - 7:00pm

March Programs - Registration OPENS March 1st

Needlework Group Drop-In

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

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

March Dates: 

Tuesday, March 5th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

No registration required.

Napkin Decoupage on Wood

In this beginner class we will experiment with two different decoupage styles on wood. Feel free to bring your own napkins if you have a design you'd like to use. 
  1. Solid coverage with a napkin
  2. Piecing together parts from a napkin
$2 paid at the end of class.
Wednesday, March 20th 12:30 - 2:00pm
Registration will open March 1st
napkin decoupage on wood

Digitize VHS and VHS-C

Learn how to use our digitizing equipment to turn your VHS & VHS-C into MP4 files.

Tuesday, March 26th at 10am

Registration opens March 1st

Digitize Super 8 and 8mm Film

Learn how to use our equipment to digitize your Super 8 and 8mm film into MP4 format. 
Thursday, March 28th at 6pm.
Registration opens March 1st

Early April Programs - Registration Opens March 1st

Needlework Group Drop-In

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

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

April Dates: 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3rd 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

No registration required.

5' Welcome Sign

Join us for a fun night and make a 5 foot Welcome sign. 
Each letter will be cut from wood. You will paint or stain each letter and the 5' board. Lots of colours available. 
Once everything is dry, you will glue the letters onto the board. 
Finish with twine at the top and bottom if you wish. 
$50 due by Tuesday April 2nd.
Thursday April 4th starting at 6pm.
Registration will open March 1st
welcome sign

Children's Program: Sublimation Artwork on Mug (Ages 4-12)

Open to children ages 4-12.
Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. 

 

Take your time and draw a special picture with sublimation markers. Then learn how to press your artwork onto a mug using a sublimation press. 
$5 will be collected at the end of class.
Saturday, April 6th at 10am
Registration opens March 1st
sublimation mug

Makerspace Saturday Drop-In

Drop in for a tour of the space, learn more about the equipment, and ask questions.

Saturday, April 6th.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

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

Questions?

We'd love to hear from you.

makerspace@mypubliclibrary.ca

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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