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Maker Space Blog: Favorite 3D Printing Videos

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Trying to explain what 3D printing is can be a very tricky task. As librarians here at the Farmington Libraries, we are very lucky to be immersed in new, emerging technology on a daily basis, so it is easy for us to understand how things like 3D printing works, and exactly what it is capable […]

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Maker Space Blog: Painting with iPads

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Are you a painter looking to branch out of your typical medium? Or maybe you consider yourself a drawing novice, looking to improve you skills but without the hassle of purchasing additional supplies or cleaning up messes. Either way, our Maker Space has a great alternative for drawing and painting enthusiasts at all levels of curiosity!   Our […]

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Maker Space Blog: Digital Quilting with iPads

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This weekend the Farmington Libraries held its 4th Annual Maker Fair. Visitors from all over the area stopped by to design, experiment, tinker, create, and explore by participating in all of our engaging and innovative maker activities. One of the activities that visitors were encouraged to try was our community art project located in the Maker Space. Participants used iPads […]

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Maker Space: Sarah Tries Gyotaku, the Japanese Art of Fish Printing

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Before the invention of photography, 19th century Japanese fishermen equipped their boats with rice paper, ink, and brushes in order to create gyotaku – elaborate rubbings of freshly caught fish – to record their trophy catches. The art of gyotaku is still being used today and is said to bring good luck to fishermen. The animated […]

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Maker Space Blog: Patron Spotlight – Lynne Levesque

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The library’s Maker Space is an exciting place to be, and as its popularity continues to grow within our community, our staff has been thrilled to see some of our patrons designing and creating some amazing products. These unique and thoughtful creations of our patrons continue to inspire our library team, and we love to share these successes […]

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Maker Space: Sarah Tries Wood Burning

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Need homemade gift ideas for the holidays? Well the library’s Maker Space is the perfect place to get inspired! Every season our very own craft-master Vida Lashgari hosts a Giftmaking Morning Series here at the library’s Maker Space. Participants have made painted glass ornaments, felt jewelry pouches, felted soap and more! This past week’s craft was […]

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Maker Space Blog: Sarah Tries Digitizing Photos

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This week I decided to try out our Maker Space scanner to digitize old photographs for our library director, Jay Johnston. Jay assigned me the task of trying to enhance two old photographs using the technology that is available in our Maker Space. The first thing I needed to do was to digitize the photographs using our Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner, especially […]

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Maker Space: Sarah Tries Embroidering

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Both the embroidery machine and sewing machine are by far two of the most requested pieces of equipment to get trained on here at the library’s Maker Space. We have already seen trained patrons returning to the space to use the machines for their own personal sewing projects and crafts. After seeing so many amazing ideas and designs […]

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Maker Space: Sarah Tries Maker Camp

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Every summer The Farmington Libraries participates in hosting in a multi-session program for kids & teens called Maker Camp. Kids are encouraged to explore the process of creating and making by taking part in a wide variety of hands-on crafts and projects. This week I wanted to try it out for myself with the help of Anna Boisvert, the […]

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Maker Space: Fabric Stamped Tote Bags

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This summer, Melissa and Lyn from Adult Services have created a fantastic Make Space Summer Crafting Series for the months of June, July, and August.  These classes range from decoupaging bird houses and etching glass goblets, to creating decorative accordion paper pinwheels using craft paper and buttons. This week, participants learned how to design personalized tote bags using fabric stamps! Melissa […]

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