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, Feb. 7: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9: 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.

  • Saturday, Feb. 2: 2 p.m.

DIY Electronics Club for Adults

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. Bring your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEDs, sensors, or other misc. projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

Meets in the meeting room.

  • Monday, Feb. 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Engineering 101 – Bridging the Gaps

Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter. Come see if you can design and build a sturdy bridge using only the recycled materials provided.

  • Saturday, Feb. 16: 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28: 6 p.m.

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 Ozobots. Use creative drawing and color combinations to create basic commands that a mini robot will trace. Complete additional challenges and activities using a digital tablet!

  • Thursday, Feb. 21: 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, Feb. 5: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Zine Workshop

Join us for a special 2 hour DIY zine workshop presented by the Fort Worth Zine Fest committee! Make your very own mini magazine to swap with friends and zinesters. Your zine can be handwritten, typed, or drawn and can be about anything you care about – share your viewpoints on politics or pop culture, tell jokes, tell stories, or create some art. We provide the supplies and an assortment of zines for inspiration. We’ll even print up to 10 pages per person and help you digitize your zine if you want. Great for teens but all ages welcome!

  • Saturday, Feb. 23: 2 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: Feb. 4, 2019