If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Prince William Public Library’s new Studio 8601 Makerspace at Central Library yet, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.
What is a Makerspace?
Central Library’s Makerspace is an independent workspace that provides you with a variety of machines, tools, and technology to explore, build, collaborate, and create. Central Library’s Makerspace is designed for patrons 12 years old and older.
What is in Studio 8601?
3D Printers: Studio 8601 has a Makerbot Replicator+ and an Ultimaker 2. Unlike other tools and machines in the Makerspace, it will be operated by staff only, but we will print your designs for free! If you’d like to have something printed on one of the 3D printers, you can either bring a USB stick with saved files, have the ability to access their files from email, or submit an order online. Files MUST BE .STL files and require no more than five hours printing time.
3D Pens: Try out the 3D Pens on your own! PWPL provides the filament for the pens.
Cricut Maker and Cricut Air: Central’s Makerspace has one Cricut Maker and two Cricut Airs. If you’re planning on using a Cricut, you do need to bring your own materials (paper, vinyl, or fabric). You can save time by downloading the Cricut Design app on your smartphone or computer and designing your project prior to coming into the library. You can also bring project files on a USB.
Craft and Jewelry Supplies: The Makerspace has paper supplies, stamps and inks, wires, pliers, clasps, and beads.
Embroidery Machine: Studio 8601 has two Brother embroidery machines and some thread available.
Loom: A Rigid Heddle Loom is available and some yarn supplies are provided.
Sewing Machine: There are six Singer 4452 sewing machines, an iron and ironing board, needles, threads, cutting mat, and scissors available. Bring your own patterns and materials.
Tech and Coding Toys: Learn to code with an Arduino starter kit, Chibi Chip starter kit, Ozobot Bits, and a Sphero Bolt. Also available: SNAP circuits, an electronic drawing tablet, photo scanners, and an opaque projector.
Whisper Room: Record audio, video, music, and podcasts with the available keyboard, mics, and mixer board. Bring your smart device, but you will also have access to a Macbook and recording software.
Hours of Operation
Makerspace Studio 8601 Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Questions? Call 703-792-8360.