Ventress Memorial Library


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What is The Wave Makerspace?

The Wave Makerspace was established in the summer of 2019, alongside the Teen Room with LSTA grant and Town of Marshfield Funds. Some equipment in The Wave has been purchased with the support LSTA grant and Ventress Memorial Library Trust funds. The Wave is a Connected Learning space, meaning we provide opportunities for youth and adults to explore interests with our Makerspace tools as an informal community of engaged learners, tinkerers, and makers.

Makerspace programs have been in place since before The Wave was established. While local teens have utilized makerspace equipment since then, the pandemic and staffing restraints have made it difficult to move beyond programming. Now we are excited to move onto our drop-in hours phase, where youth and adults (ages 12+) are welcome to come in during Drop-In hours and, with the guidance of a trained teen volunteer or the Makerspace Librarian, explore the possibilities and use the available equipment.

We are excited to grow into this next phase for our community as we explore what is possible at the Ventress Memorial Library in The Wave Makerspace. 

Updated October, 2021.  


What can I do at The Wave Makerspace?

 
Use High End Maker Equipment
  • Make something with our Ultimaker 3D printer (terms of use: patrons may only use this station with guidance from library staff or trained volunteers; patrons may design prints at home or in house and are limited to three prints per session, totaling no more than 15 hours of print time; all prints will be on library-supplied PLA; the library cannot be held responsible for prints that do not work out; we will do our best to help you get the print you want, but ultimately, print efficacy is the patron's responsibility; additionally, patrons may not print the following: weapons, weapons parts, obscene items, or items related to drug use.- patrons will be contacted when prints are complete)
  • Spiffy up a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, and more with our Cricut machine (terms of use: patrons are limited to cutting up to one mat of library materials; patrons with specific projects in mind may bring their own materials to cut. Please keep in mind that materials are subject to staff approval; patrons may bring in items to use with adhesive vinyl and fabric (shirts, tote bags, etc.) for iron-ons in house -- only staff may operate the iron and ironing board; we currently have iron-ons and adhesive vinyl for library materials)
  • Record a podcast, edit a photo, and more on our iMac and iMac software (terms of use: patrons may not log into personal accounts and must save all files to a flash drive; patrons may not download programs or alter existing programs or defaults; patrons may not make any purchases and may use only the following approved programs on the main launchpad page: Adobe Acrobat, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate, Adobe Audition, Adobe DreamWeaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Rush, Blender, Calculator, Cricut Design Space, Color Palette, Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, Google Chrome, GoPro Player, iMovie, Keynote, Logic Pro, Numbers, Pages, Photos, Roblox Studio, Scratch 3, Ultimaker Cura, and Vectonerator)
Dabble in Other Hands-On Projects
  • Tinker with our tech kits, including Little Bits and Snap Circuits
  • Play with our code-able Robots
  • Learn about and record footage on our GoPro!
  • Make a craft with our Button MakerPerler BeadsHemp Necklace, or Origami supplies
  • Put your knitting and crocheting skills to work with our large selection of yarn and more
  • Take a craft to go - we have a variety of cool, simple take & make crafts - just ask!


Makerspace Schedule

Drop-In hours are open to anyone ages 12 and up. No registration is required. During Drop-in hours, a teen volunteer or a librarian will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the equipment. Please note that not everything will be available for use during this time and that some equipment has use limits. We also offer one-on-one, hands-on learning opportunities for tweens and teens on select Tuesdays, and sign-ups to use our iMac on select Saturdays each month. Please note that programs are subject to change. We will do our best to announce any changes as soon as possible on our online calendar.

Do none of the following times work for you? Fill out our Makerspace appointment form and we will be in touch with how we can help you get tinkering!


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