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Innovators’ Workshop

Innovators’ Workshop

Simsbury Public Library embraced the Maker movement in 2014 with the launch of Innovators’ Workshop and our 3D printing lab. Since that time, we’ve added other equipment to our Makerspace, including sewing machines, both manual and digital, as well as digital conversion equipment, providing greater opportunities for people to gain knowledge through hands-on learning and to become creators and innovators. Simsbury is home to curious, voracious life-long learners. Developing this new space will bring all of our equipment together in a collaborative environment. It’s an exciting time as the library evolves to support the pursuits of our community. This project was funded by the generous bequest of Jewel Gutman and a grant from the Wagner Family through the Investor Angels of the Friends of the Simsbury Public Library.

How do I get started?

Sign up to take one of our introductory sessions (see listings below). If you can’t attend one of those, please email sray@libraryconnection.info with some possible dates and times and we’ll try to accommodate you. Please make sure you have a signed Innovator’s Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form. Interested teens can also get involved and must have a with an Innovators’ Workshop Minor Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form signed by a parent.

Once you’ve successfully completed an introductory session, we’ll certify you to use the equipment and you can reserve time for your own projects.

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What happens in the Innovators’ Workshop? Many things! Students learn how to think creatively and critically. People of all ages create computerized designs and print them on the 3-D printer or use our Cricut machine to create fanciful cards or projects. The use of the space is limited only by your imagination. What will you make? Read more about the Innovators’ Workshop in our policy statement.

peepWhat tools and equipment are available?

  • MakerBot 3-D printer
  • Makerbot digital scanner
  • VHS to DVD converter
  • Slide/Negative converter
  • Cricut Die Cutter
  • Electronic embroidery machine
  • Sewing machines
  • Sphero (Learn to code)
  • As well as a sewing kit, scissors and cutters, screwdrivers and more.
  • We also have Snap and Squishy circuits, and Makey Makey components to work with.

Interested in learning what we have?

See what we’ve made Pinterest Makerboard or view our collections on thingiverse.com.

3d printer kidOur Innovators’ Workshop is Open:

  • Monday 9:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:30-8:30 pm
  • Friday 9:30-5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:30-5:30 pm
  • Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm

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Initial funding for the Innovators’ Workshop was provided by the Kelly Family in memory of Eunice Kelly, Simsbury Bank, Simsbury-Granby Rotary, and the Law offices of Francis, O’Neill and Del Piano.

Innovators’ Workshop Sessions:

Learn How to Use the 3D Printermakerbot
February 16, 2017

3:30-5:30 pm, Innovators’ Workshop                                                                             New to the world of 3D printing? Wondering what it’s all about? If so, join us to for an introductory session on how to use our 3D printer. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object. Must have a signed Innovators’ Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Class limited to 2 students.
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Learn to Use the Cricut Machinecricut
February 21, 2017

10:30 am, Innovators’ Workshop                                                                                 Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and create a unique designs. Must have a signed Innovator’s Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Class limited to 2 students.
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Learn How to Use the 3D Printermakerbot
February 23, 2017
3:30-5:30 pm, Innovators’ Workshop                                                                           New to the world of 3D printing? Wondering what it’s all about? If so, join us to for an introductory session on how to use our 3D printer. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object. Must have a signed Innovators’ Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement Form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Class limited to 2 students.register-now-button
Sit & Stitch Needlework Groupstitching
February 24, 2017
10:30 am, Barnes Room                                                                                                Bring a project to work on and share ideas while you enjoy the company of other crafters. Drop in.
Teen Make It Monday: Paper Dahlia Wreathpaperdahlia
Monday February 27, 2017
3:30 pm, Innovators’ Workshop                                                                                         Use discarded books to create your own wreath. All supplies provided. Limited space available.register-now-button
Learn to Use the Cricut Machinecricut
February 28, 2017
10:30 am, Innovators’ Workshop                                                                          Learn how to use the Cricut, our die cutter and create a unique designs. Must have a signed Innovator’s Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Class limited to 2 students.register-now-button