Missoula Public Library | 301 East Main Missoula MT 59802 | (406) 721-2665 | M-W 10am-9pm | Th-Sa 10am-6pm | Su 1-5pm

The Makerspace is downstairs on the first floor, across from Web Alley and next to the computer classroom.

Classes
Volunteers

What is the Makerspace

The Missoula Public Library's MakerSpace offers a host of tools and resources that the public can use for free or a minimal cost.

These include 3D printers, a desktop CNC machine, a Cricut Maker machine, a variety of art materials, desktop and handheld 3D scanner systems, soldering irons and supplies, a variety of STEM toys and activities for kids, as well as Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kits and Arduino Inventor's Kits, and more.

All of our classes are free and advertised in our monthly newsletter, as well as right here on this page. Check the calendar to stay up to date on our latest activities. Each class is facilitated by an instructor familiar with the topic.

Current Classes

Special Offerings:
3D Printing 101 Workshop
Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 PM
Come and learn about how to use MPL’s 3D printers during this workshop. Topics covered include how to set up prints, where to find 3D objects online to print, and resources available for 3D modeling and 3D scanning.
Space is limited to 6 participants and online registration is required.
Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/mpl3dprinting101sept2019

Dog Tug Toy Drop-In Workshop
Friday, September 6, from 4:00-5:30 PM in the Large Meeting Room
Learn how to make a tug toy gift for dogs living at our local animal shelter during the Dog Tug Toy Drop-in Workshop, which offers participants the chance to create tug toys for dogs living at the Humane Society of Western Montana using recycled t-shirts. Guidance will be provided, as well as all materials to make a tug toy. All tug toys will then be donated to the Humane Society of Western Montana.
This is a drop-in workshop, so no registration is required. 

Carvey Demonstration
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 PM
Learn about how you can make simple ornaments, signs, and other cool things during this workshop that features a demonstration of Carvey—a desktop carving machine that can carve designs and text into a variety of materials.
Space is limited to 6 participants and online registration is required.
Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/mplcarveydemosept2019

Intro to SketchUp
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 PM
Learn how to draw and create 3D models using SketchUp Make 2017, a simple and easy to use modeling program made for everyone to create objects, buildings, architecture, and any kind of infrastructure; from fences to masterplans. This class will offer some design process theory and enable users of all kinds to relearn the simple joy of drawing; quickly thinking and creating structures in three dimensions, addressing structure and framing, with quick solar analysis, shading and other tools.
This class is for beginners and/or seasoned design professionals and/or artists with no previous SketchUp experience.
Class size is limited to 5 participants, and online registration is required. This class is suitable for adults and teens.
Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/mplsketchupsept2019

 

Weekly Offerings


Community Creative Writing Workshop
Tuesdays (9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24) from 6:00-7:30 PM


Open Hours
Mondays (9/9, 9/16, 9/30) from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00-6:00 PM
Monday (9/23) from 2:00-5:00 PM
Tuesdays (9/3, 9/10, 9/17) from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00-6:00 PM
Tuesday (9/24) from 2:00-5:00 PM
Wednesdays (9/4, 9/11, 9/18) from 12:00-5:00 PM
Wednesday (9/25) from 2:00-5:00 PM
Thursdays (9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26) from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00-6:00 PM
Fridays (9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27) from 1:00-6:00 PM
Saturdays (9/14, 9/28) from 2:00-6:00 PM

 

Watercolor Painting (in the Large Meeting Room)
Fridays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27, from 12:00-2:00 PM
During this class, local artist Robert Peltzer will help you understand and develop the skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed at watercolor painting. This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. Participants should bring their own watercolor paper, paints, brushes, and a palette. For questions, call Robert at 258-3867 and leave a message.

 

Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for teachers and monitors to help us with the Makerspace.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 406-317-2667

Teachers:

We want local makers to share their skills. We think one of Missoula's greatest strengths is its community. Help the Missoula maker community grow by volunteering to teach a maker class. Any making skill is valuable. If you have a knowledge of chemistry or electronics, great! If you can sew up a storm or are a wiz with a paintbrush, then we want you. Come share your expertise with the Missoula Public Library Makerspace.

Monitors:

Not sure if you want to teach a class? Come supervise the space instead. We want responsible individuals to monitor the Makerspace for a few hours a week. The more monitors we have, the more often the space can be open to the public.