At Community Libraries of Providence, we are committed to providing resources for our neighbors to learn new skills and explore their creativity. Our makerspace programs are designed to connect people to technology, training, and engaging arts experiences in support of their creative practice. Whether you are an emerging maker beginning to explore DIY projects, a local artist looking to add new tools to their practice, a creative small business owner, or simply someone who enjoys lifelong learning, we are here to help!
Workshops and classes to explore the world of making
Across the library system, we offer workshops and classes that explore the exciting variety of skills and projects in the world of making. From learning a design software for laser cutting, to making candles, to weaving and sewing a textile, there are a lot of fun things to try. Check out our calendar of programs, and sign up for our monthly adult makerspace programming newsletter to get updates on upcoming workshops.
Email Garrett at email@example.com for more information!
Adult access to equipment for independent projects
Do you have your own creative project in mind? We have makerspace equipment that might be useful! We offer access to cutting machines (Silhouette and Cricut), Brother sewing machines, 3D design, dye-sublimation printing, laser cutters (Glowforge Pro and Epilog), and heat presses for fabric, hats, and mugs.
How do I get started working with a machine?
First, we encourage you to request a training to learn the basics of a specific machine, software, or piece of equipment, especially if you are a beginner. A staff member will reach out to set up a separate appointment to meet with you during the week. We also offer group classes that you can join throughout the month.
After receiving training, when can I access the equipment for my own projects?
Adult makers can continue to get practice and work on independent projects during an open studio session! Open studios occur on certain days of the week at different library locations, including Rochambeau, Mount Pleasant, Knight Memorial, Wanskuck, and Washington Park. (During open studio sessions, staff will be available to assist with troubleshooting and answering questions as they are able, but in-depth instruction for beginners is not always guaranteed.)
If you plan to attend an open studio, it is helpful to RSVP with Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can predict which machines will be in demand during a particular session.
Should I bring my own materials for an open studio project?
The library has a limited supply of consumable materials, such as wood, vinyl, laser rubber, cardstock, sublimation mugs, fabric, thread, and other common materials. Makers have complimentary access to a limited amount of these materials for the purposes of learning and completing small projects. For larger/bulk projects requiring a lot of material, makers should plan to bring their own material. We can direct you to where you can purchase machine-compatible materials. Email Garrett at email@example.com if you have questions.
Youth makerspace programs
Our dedicated partners at PVD Young Makers provide makerspace programming and instruction for school groups and youth library patrons at different locations. Our youth services library staff also incorporate maker tools and projects into their programming schedule, and we are always adding something new! Email Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about what is happening at your local library.
Partnering with groups and organizations
Meet Our Team
Garrett Locke, Makerspace Program Coordinator
Garrett Locke has worked for CLPVD since 2014. Prior to his role as Makerspace Program Coordinator, he worked at Mount Pleasant Library where he led a variety of programming in the youth services department teaching art and technology. He loves to tinker with design software, illustration, sculpting, character design, and a variety of other DIY projects.
The Makerspace Program Coordinator position is funded and made possible by The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.