Belfast library offers drop-in hours for Makerspace

Jun 14, 2019
Emma Swartz scanning an illustration onto the computer.

BELFAST — The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., is now offering two drop-in sessions per week for the public to use its new Makerspace — Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the third-floor conference room. A Makerspace is a space for people to use computers and other equipment to collaborate, create and invent.

The Belfast Free Library has the following equipment available for use: 10 PC laptops with Microsoft Office’s suite of products; a MacBook with Adobe Creative Cloud’s suite of products; a multi-format color printer; a high-resolution scanner; a Bluetooth-accessible wall-mounted monitor; a VHS-to-DVD converter; a video camera, tripod, lighting equipment and green screen; a microphone and over-ear headphones; and a sewing machine.

A librarian will be available to help people get started, after which they will be able to work on their own. Some examples of uses of this equipment include editing photos with Photoshop, scanning old photos to send to family or friends, converting VHS home movies to DVDs, following a sewing tutorial using a laptop and sewing machine, printing posters, and much more. This Makerspace was made possible by a grant from the William W. Treat Foundation, and it is free to the public.

For more information, contact Sharon Pietryka at 338-3884 ext. 25 or spietryka@belfastlibrary.org.

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