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, July 11: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18: 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 25: 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.

  • Monday, July 3: 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 6: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8: 4 p.m.
  • Monday, July 17: 6 p.m.
  • Monday, July 24: 6 p.m.

Binary Beading

Computers use binary numbers, a series of “ons” and “offs” that encode information. Use the Ascii alphabet to encode a message on a bracelet or necklace, and see if your friends can decode the information!

  • Saturday, July 29: 4 p.m.

Build a Burglar Alarm

We need your help! A thief is after the great 3D printed trophy in the Panther Lab. Help us construct a burglar alarm with littleBits and other materials in the lab.

  • Thursday, June 29: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 1: 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, July 10: 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.

  • Thursday, July 20: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22: 4 p.m.

From the Sorting Hat to the House Cup: A Salute to All Things Harry Potter

Hogwarts is out for the summer! Celebrate the birthdays of Harry Potter and author J.K. Rowling with games, crafts, movies, and more. Wizards and muggles of all ages are invited to attend what is sure to be a magically good time! This program meets in the meeting room not the Panther Lab

Learning Objective: Participants will learn to recognize literary themes from various cultures and perspectives, as well as developing an appreciation for reading for pleasure.

  • Monday, July 31: 5 p.m.

Intro to Java Programming

Java is a popular and versatile programming language. This class will introduce basic concepts about programming in Java. Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to code a simple calculator and other basic programs.

  • Thursday, July 13: 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15: 4 p.m.

TECH Truck: Mystery Art Painting

Combine art and technology for an art bonanza! Use creative tools and materials to paint in surprising ways. What will you make? This program meets in the meeting room not the Panther Lab

  • Thursday, July 27: 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: June 29, 2017