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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 Printer
March 2
Noon-2:00 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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Coloring in the Cafe
March 3
9:30-11:30 am – 
Have you heard? Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Release your inner child, de-stress, relax and have some fun. Drop in to enjoy free coffee and cookies in the Friends Cafe and color your cares away while enjoying lively conversation with others.
Learn to Knit for Adults
March 5
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Innovator’s Workshop – Always wanted to know how to knit but never learned how? Then this class is for you. Come and learn the basics of knitting from instructor Jean Summers. The Library will supply the yarn and needles. This class is limited to 5 people. Please register to attend.

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Learn to Use the Cricut Machine
March 7
10:30 am-12:30 pm, 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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Soldier’s Quilts
March 7
10:00 am-4:00 pm, Program Room 2 – Attention sewers! If you know how to use a sewing machine and would like to help make quilts for wounded soldiers and veterans, then please join us. The Library will supply the materials and sewing machines and there is wonderful fabric to make some beautiful quilts for our brave men and women. Please sign up ahead of time if you are interested in attending. Class is limited to 10 participants.

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Learn How to Use the 3D Printer
March 9
Noon-2:00 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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Sit & Stitch
March 10
10:30 am-11:30 am, Barnes Room – Bring a project to work on and share ideas while you enjoy the company of other crafters.
Introduction to Scratch (Grades 4-8)
March 11
1:00 pm, Technology Learning Center – 
This class will introduce to students the Scratch website and environment. Students will create their first programs as well as learn how to modify the program code.
Learn to Use the Sewing Machine
March 12
1:30-4:00 pm, Program Room 2 – 
This sewing class will cover the basics for using a sewing machine. This is not a class that will teach you how to sew. The Library will provide all the materials necessary for the class. Please do not bring a sewing machine. This class is limited to five students. Please notify the Library at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend the class since there is often a waiting list. Please plan to stay for the entire class.

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Learn to Use the Cricut Machine
March 14
10:30 am-12:30 pm, 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 Printer
March 16
Noon-2:00 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 Knit for Adults
March 19
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Innovator’s Workshop – Always wanted to know how to knit but never learned how? Then this class is for you. Come and learn the basics of knitting from instructor Jean Summers. The Library will supply the yarn and needles. This class is limited to 5 people. Please register to attend.

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Learn to Use the Cricut Machine
March 21
10:30 am-12:30 pm, 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 Printer
March 23
Noon-2:00 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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Sit & Stitch
March 24
10:30 am-11:30 am, Barnes Room – Bring a project to work on and share ideas while you enjoy the company of other crafters.
Learn to Use the Cricut Machine
March 28
10:30 am-12:30 pm, 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 Printer
March 30
Noon-2:00 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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