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.


  • 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 objects that can be printed on a 3D printer! Children 12 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.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29: 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 23: 4 p.m.

3D Printing Basics

Learn how to use a 3D printer! Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them.

  • Thursday, Sept. 7: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9: 4 p.m.

Codecademy HTML & CSS

HTML is the language used to create the web pages you visit every day. In this course, you’ll learn how to use the fundamentals of HTML to structure, present, and link content. You’ll also learn how to use CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, to style the HTML content you add to web pages. Children 12 or younger must have a parent attend class with them. Participants must have a valid email address to set up a Codecademy account during the class. Strong reading and typing skills recommended.

  • Thursday, Aug. 31: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 2: 4 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. Bring your Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LEDs, sensors, or other misc. projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

  • Monday, Sept. 11: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Homeschool Day in the Lab

Each month, the library hosts homeschool families in the lab for a class designed just for them. This month’s class will be Stop Motion Animation: Record a video frame by frame to create your own improvisational animated sequence. Use materials in the lab to build your characters and design your set, or bring your favorite props from home!

  • Thursday, Sept. 21: 2 p.m.

Robotics 101 – Dash Robot

For ages 6 and up, learn how to program a robot friend. Complete coding challenges to explore sequencing using the Blockly app on the library iPads.

  • Thursday, Sept. 28: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 30: 4 p.m.

Vinyl Cutter

Learn to design your very own decal! Bring your own mug or item and we will cut it out on the Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter. If you have your own supplies (a vinyl cutter, mat, or vinyl), feel free to bring them. If not, we will have supplies in class.

  • Thursday, Sept. 14: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: 4 p.m.

What will 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: Aug. 29, 2017