The library invites you to check out our Makerspace at the Northwest Branch!

What is a Makerspace?

A makerspace is a creative, DIY place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. Makerspaces are as unique as the people they serve - artists, builders, crafters, graphic designers, engineers and even those who just tinker, are all “makers” in their own way. This gives them a space to explore new skills.

Hours

  • Mondays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 2 - 5 p.m.

Want to learn a new program or activity? Check out our organized classes. All other times that the makerspace is open will be Open Studio time. This will be hands-on, self-guided yet supervised time where you can learn about what interests you. What will you make?

Class Schedule

3D Design Basics

Learn how to use Tinkercad to design a custom keychain that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Participants must have a valid email address to set up a Tinkercad account during the class.

  • Thursday, April 11: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: 2 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! We will provide an overview of 3D printing applications, the parts of the machine, types of filament, the 3D printing process, and safety and troubleshooting. Children 10 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Thursday, April 4: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6: 2 p.m.

Circuitry 101 - littleBits

Discover the basic principles of electronics with littleBits building blocks. Bits snap together with magnets for foolproof inventing and experimenting. Engineer real world solutions and see what you can build.

  • Thursday, April 25: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: 2 p.m.

Code with Scratch

Scratch is a user-friendly visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Click and drag blocks of code to create stories, games, and animations. Add as many characters as you want, change backgrounds, and experiment with visual or sound effects. Beginners welcome!

  • Saturday, April 20: 2 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club

Hobbyists! Join our group and explore DIY electronics! Bring your own maker project, or team up with someone and create one. We will learn about microcontrollers, robotics, 3D printers, programming languages, wearable technology, and other design projects.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Monday, April 8: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

This program is for adults.

Homeschool Activity Day in the Panther Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for class designed just for them. This month’s class will be on the Code with Scratch. Scratch is a user-friendly visual programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab. Click and drag blocks of code to create stories, games, and animations. Add as many characters as you want, change backgrounds, and experiment with visual or sound effects. Beginners welcome!

  • Thursday, April 18: 2 p.m.

Teen Tech Night

Explore new technology with friends, no expertise needed! We’ll learn the basic uses of computer parts, machinery, and the latest gizmos and gadgets.

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Tuesday, April 2: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

What does the Panther Lab offer?

  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Scanner
  • Robotics & Electronics Kits
  • 27” iMacs with Adobe CC Suite
  • Virtual Reality Simulation Headset
  • Sony Camera and Green Screen
  • Vinyl Cutter

Who can visit the Panther Lab?

Panther Lab is open to anyone. You don’t have to live in Fort Worth, or even have a Fort Worth library card to participate. (But everyone should have a library card!)

Last updated: April 2, 2019