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 - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 1 - 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.

  • Saturday, July 20: 1 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, July 13: 1 p.m.

Apollo 11 Landing Webcast

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon landing, we will be streaming a guided webcast recreation of Apollo 11’s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston. This live webcast is brought to you by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program. The webcast will be streamed during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Monday, July 15: 3 p.m.

Bridging the Gaps for #LGBTSTEMDay

LGBTQ+ people in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) continue to struggle to openly be themselves. July 5th is a day to help raise awareness and increase support for the LGBTQ+ community who are active in STEM related fields. It is an important component of the global push to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM. Drop in during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time to participate in a come-and-go activity where you design and build a bridge using only the recycled materials provided. Together we can bridge the gaps in STEM.

  • Friday, July 5: 1 - 5 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 miscellaneous projects for collaborative learning and show-and-tell!

  • Monday, July 8: 6 p.m.

LEGO EV3 Robotics

Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. By following step-by-step instructions, you can create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic, and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. No experience necessary.

  • Saturday, July 6: 1 p.m.


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!

  • Tuesday, June 25: 2 p.m.

Photography 101

Want to start taking pictures but don’t know where to start? Learn to capture images by incorporating basic photography composition techniques. Bring your own device if you would like to learn what you can do with what you’ve got at home, or borrow one from the lab. Cell phones, DSLR cameras, and iPads are all welcome. Class is open to all ages and learning levels.

  • Wednesday, July 24: 6 p.m.

Sewing Circuits

Itching for some one-of-a-kind décor for your locker or bedroom? Make your own light up felt figure using conductive thread, felt, and your imagination!

  • Thursday, June 27: 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.

  • no meeting in July

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: June 19, 2019