What are Maker Spaces?
The idea behind makerspaces is simple: they are places where people can come together to learn about technology, crafts and other kinds of making, to share knowledge and skills with others, and to apply this knowledge and skill by creating things. Want to build a robot with the circuits? Make a prototype of a new invention using the 3D printer? Create business cards for your new business? Your imagination is the only limit.
MakerSpaces are collections of resources: they are spaces filled with technologies, tools, and toys, including sewing machines, 3D printers, circuits, and vinyl cutting machines - all available for you to come and use.
The public can access the SPL MakerSpace in a number of ways: through our planned programming; workshops; and open lab times.
Many thanks to the Stratford Public Library Foundation, Perth Community Futures and to the many donors who made this project a reality
Visit the MakerSpace
The MakerSpace is open for drop-in Open Labs 5 days per week!
Mon-Wed 1-4 | Thurs 5:30-8:30 | Sat 1-4
Sometimes the MakerSpace closes for holidays.
Please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information
Use of the MakerSpace equipment is free, however, there are fees for consumable products.
Filament | $0.10 per gram
Pin-Back Buttons (1.5in) | $0.25 each
Pin-Back Buttons (2.25in) | $0.50 each
Magnet-Back Buttons (1.5in) | $0.40 each
12"x12" permanent vinyl | $2.00 each
12"x10" heat transfer vinyl | $4.00 each
12"x12" cardstock | $0.50 each
8.5"x11" sheet | $1.00 each
8.5"x14" sheet | $1.50 each
11"x14" sheet | $1.50 each
All fees will be added to a Maker's library card and should be paid for at the main floor information desk [cash or debit].
- Makers must be valid PCIN cardholders to use the MakerSpace
- All users and visitors must agree to and sign the SPL MakerSpace Acknowledgment before using the space. An exception is given to individuals or groups on staff-led tours of the space.
- Makers must be at least 9 years old to be in the space. Exceptions may occur in cases of library staff-led programming specifically developed for younger makers.
- Makers under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Parent/guardian supervision is welcome for all minors over age 12.
- Tools and equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tools used in the space must be returned by the maker to their original location in a clean state.
- The workspace also needs to be cleaned before the maker leaves.
- SPL does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly, or does not work.
- SPL reserves the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate SPL policy, including the creation of weapons, pornography, or illegal items.
- Only library computers may be connected to library machines, like the 3D printers, vinyl cutter, etc.
- Covered drinks are welcome in the MakerSpace. Food is not permitted.
- SPL is not responsible for equipment or files left behind.
- SPL’s Rules of Conduct and Internet Access Policy apply to the MakerSpace.
Community Makers / Instructors
Community Makers are local specialists who are recruited to assist in running library programs or are responsible for running library programs. Community Makers will have a proven skillset with experience and a general interest in helping others learn to make. Community Makers should be 16+ in order to instruct a program.
Are you a maker expert? Would you like to contribute your time or expertise? Please email Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing volunteers in the MakerSpace will assist in Maker programs and Open Labs. Community Makers should be 14+ in order to volunteer in the MakerSpace. If you are interested in helping with programs or Open Labs, email email@example.com
We have can provide "pop-up Makerspace" that we can set up in the auditorium to introduce kids to the maker movement.
For grades K - 4, visits include a storytime and exploration at multiple stations; each station demonstrates a different maker concept and provides a hands-on activity.
Visits for grades 5 - 12 will include an introduction to the MakerSpace and a focus on a maker concept such as 3D modeling, coding of robotics, or virtual reality.
Please provide at least two weeks' notice for a visit. Visits are subject to space availability.
Contact Krista Robinson to arrange a visit