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

The Lab will be closed on Monday, January 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

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, January 18: 1 p.m.

3D Post Processing Class

Learn to make your 3D print smooth and shiny! Discover the chemistry behind the art and learn how to successfully decorate your 3D object. You can bring your own small ABS 3D print or use a class model. Recommended for ages 13+. Participants must have waiver filled out by parent or legal guardian if below 18 years old in order to use sharp tools and chemicals in class.

  • Wednesday, January 22: 6 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, January 4: 4 p.m.

Carmen Sandiego Day

Come celebrate the beloved TV show and game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Don your red trench coat and fedora to solve puzzles and find all the clues to stop VILE from stealing the next valuable target. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Wednesday, January 8: 2 - 7 p.m.

Make A Balloon Rocket

Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician, was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. Newton’s third law is: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Put Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion to the test by creating and testing your own flying balloon rocket. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Monday, January 6: 2 - 7 p.m.

Make Chinese New Year Lanterns

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. Make your own Chinese New Year Lantern and help usher in the Year of the Rat. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Saturday, January 25: 1 - 5 p.m.

Maker Showcase

Calling Makers of all kinds! Show off your work and get ideas for new projects. We want to hear about what you are making — whether you sew, 3D print, program, build, design, or draw. The Panther Lab will host the Maker Showcase on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Some months we will have a featured speaker to talk about what they do in the Maker Community, but at all meetings we will show and tell about our current projects, past projects, or projects we are still dreaming up. This activity is free, open to the public and requires no registration. All ages are welcome to participate, but children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Saturday, January 11: 4 p.m.

National Nothing Day

National Nothing Day can be most accurately described as an anti-holiday. On this non-holiday participants are expected to not honor, observe or celebrate anything. Come to the Panther Lab and do nothing. You can draw nothing, write about nothing, think about nothing, or read nothing. Whatever your imagination can think of. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Thursday, January 16: 2 - 7 p.m.

National Science Fiction Day

National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2nd, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Use the tin foil provided to create a futuristic sculpture. You can create what you think the future might look like or pay homage to science fiction works of the past. Use your imagination to create something galactic. Stick around in the Panther Lab to watch Tron (1982) and Tron: Legacy (2010). This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Thursday, January 2: 2 - 7 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: Jan. 3, 2020