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Makers' Ball - Join us for MPL's first Repurposed Fashion Show and Contest!
A Makerspace is simply a place people can go to get the training, tools, and camaraderie to start turning their ideas into physical things. The Missoula Public Library MakerSpace will provide 6 stations for users to learn about a variety of tools and techniques. For a short video explaining the basics, please click here to access a KPAX news clip!
Our four initial areas of study and creativity are electronics on the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms, 3D scanning and printing, sewing, and scrapbooking.
Classes are free.They are advertised in our monthly newsletter and most will fill up quickly.
They are taught by an instructor familiar with the topic of the class, but not necessarily with all other equipment in the MakerSpace.Some classes require simply that you bring yourself to the class while other classes ask that you obtain a kit yourself and we will get you started working with the first few projects.Then you can then take that kit home and continue your learning. Information on what is necessary for class will be posted in the class advertisement.
We are asking people with various MakerSpace-type skills to volunteer as instructors in this MakerSpace.
The Missoula Public Library currently has well over 100 volunteers who offer their expertise in a wide variety of areas.We are hoping local makers will be able to lend their skills to this project to help us grow the local maker community.We can offer you access to some cool tools and small classes filled with enthusiastic learners.We can also provide you with a free library card. But, of course, all library cards are free!
We also have 6 work stations each with the following equipment:
Call 721-2665 for more information and to register.
Fascinators are a popular and versatile type of headwear, usually secured to a headband or comb. They can be a dainty accessory or a bold focal point to your outfit. Bring your ideas and some recycled or repurposed materials you wish to use (think bottle caps, burlap sacks, pretty paper, chicken wire, old clothes, curtains, or anything else that inspires you...) We'll brainstorm and create something unique and beautiful for you to wear on your head! The instructor, Megan McDonald, is a clothing designer and avid thrifter. Winner of several local design competitions, including Project Selvedge. She is also an accomplished wedding cake decorator.
“Did you know the library has a telescope to loan. The Western Montana Astronomical Association teamed up with the library to provide this for our patrons. It is portable, easy, and fun to use. Nick Wethington of the WMAA will present this class showing patrons how to use this telescope. Come in and learn how to use it so you are primed for borrowing it this spring and summer.”
Join Lynn Weger from Timeless Quilts and learn basic sewing techniques. Lynn will bring in a computer controlled Bernina sewing machine to use as well as the library's own sewing machine. If time permits she will also discuss sewing machine maintenance tips. This class is free and open to the public.
Show off your nerd-cred and still be the most fashionable thing to walk the streets of Missoula.
Come learn how to accessorize your steampunk outfit! Explore re-purposing cast-off junk into fabulous steampunk creations, and practice fabrication techniques to make your ideas manifest. Linda Cohen, The Steampunk Lady, has been crafting for 30 years, and creating steampunk for three. You have seen her booth at the local arts and crafts fairs. Now find out how she does it and start creating your own projects. Some materials are supplied. Bring your ideas and/or projects to share with others. The class is free and open to all.
Have you considered being a web developer? Join Nora McDougall-Collins for a three part series learning about this interesting career. Topics include main skill categories needed in the web development process, website analysis, and how to get training in these skill categories.
Mikrotik is a low-cost feature-rich router brand headquartered in Riga, Latvia. It is a powerful platform for performing a wide variety of router functions and a great platform for learning about general networking concepts. Join us in the MPL Makerspace to learn more about this platform and meet others interested in it.
Missoula Linux User Group (MLUG)
Linux (aka GNU/Linux) is an open-source operating system (OS) that has been contributed by countless programmers for the world-wide community, and is therefore free to use, modify, and redistribute. Linux has dominated server, mainframe, and supercomputing markets, and is also popular on the desktop and mobile applications (e.g. Android). We meet monthly to discuss linux-related topics and news.
If you want to learn about 3-D printing, this is the class for you. We will cover the nuts and bolts of 3-D printing. We will cover everything from how 3D printers work to what they can be used for, from what is available on the market to how to fix one if you are having trouble with yours . Any questions, comments, or concerns about 3-D printing will be answered in this class. Hope to see you there.
This is the time to come in and learn what the Raspberry Pi microcontroller/electronics platform is all about. Work through some introductory projects on your own or join in the projects Jaylene Naylor of the UM Physics dept and Jim Semmelroth of the public library are working on.
The Arduino Uno is a very popular microcontroller/electronics platform. Come in and see how it works. You can work through some introductory projects to see what it can do or get started working on your own project using the full resources of the Missoula Public Library Makerspace. The class is free and open to the public.
Open time to allow visitors to explore the resources of the MakerSpace, learn how to use some of the equipment, or work on a specific project. Instructor: Jim. No registration necessary.
Come in and join a group learning to build apps for the Android platform. We will be using the Eclipse IDE and we have people in the group who are new to the environment as well as some quite skilled with it. We have access to a small classroom of PCs with the IDE installed on them as well as the whole MPL makerspace when more space is needed. We will be meeting every other Friday afternoon through March and April and then decide how the group would like to meet after that. Like most everything else at the library, it's free.