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 December 24 & 25 for the Christmas holiday and December 31 & January 1 for the New Year’s 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, December 28: 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, December 7: 1 p.m.

Christmas Stick Puppets

Cut out and color Christmas characters to create fun Christmas stick puppets. The puppets include Santa Claus, an angel, a reindeer, a snowman, and a gingerbread man. Create your puppets and use them to make your own Christmas story for family and friends. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time

  • Monday, December 9: 2 - 7 p.m.

Coding 101 - Hour of Code

Explore the basics of coding in a fun and interactive way. Create a simple design, animation, or program from a variety of self-guided activities to start learning about how technology works and how to create software applications. Beginners welcome!

  • Saturday, December 14: 4 p.m.

Make an Upcycled Gingerbread House

What does the gingerbread man put on his bed? A cookie sheet! Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century, and the elaborate cookie-walled houses have been a holiday tradition ever since. Let’s update the tradition by putting the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) into action. We will use recycled materials from the Panther Lab and our imaginations to make festive creations. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Thursday, December 12: 2 - 7 p.m.

**National Ugly Sweater Day - Design an Ugly Sweater **

Normally you don’t want to hear someone tell you, “Wow, what an ugly sweater!” However, when it comes to Ugly Holiday Sweaters, the uglier the better! To celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day we will design, color, and embellish an ugly sweater paper template. Don’t get left out in the cold! This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Friday, December 20: 1 - 5 p.m.

Rapid App Paper Prototyping

App design starts long before the first line of code is written. It starts with paper mockups of what the app will look like and how it will function. Join in this interactive class as we brainstorm an app idea, sketch it out on paper, then use a free app to animate it and lay down the blueprint for your next great app idea. Don’t worry, no artistic skill is needed!

  • Thursday, December 26: 6 p.m.

Walt Disney’s Birthday - Make a Party Hat

Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901. His is best known for his creation of Mickey Mouse and other cartoon characters along with the creation of both Disneyland and Disney World. Celebrate his life by creating a party hat. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Thursday, December 5: 2 - 7 p.m.

**Winter Solstice Celebration - Make Your Own Snowflakes **

The winter solstice occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun and has been long celebrated by many different cultures around the world and throughout time. Celebrate the day by making paper snowflakes as unique as you are, because no two snowflakes are alike. This come-and-go activity will be available during the Panther Lab’s regular open studio time.

  • Saturday, December 21: 1 - 5 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: Dec. 6, 2019