The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Makerspace

What is a Makerspace?

Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces that are purposefully-planned and designed for use by community members. These spaces bring together equipment, education and resources that provide opportunities for individuals to learn, create, design and invent. The sharing of space and tools provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and create works that might not otherwise be accessible. Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, young or old, we want to make a space for you! But your generosity is the key to MAKE IT HAPPEN! As you can see below, we have a few things in our Makerspace, but our Wish List is substantial!! Please consider making a donation TODAY to grow a new space in your Library in the Forest!! For more information about the Makerspace or to make a donation, please call 205.978.4632. We can’t wait to see you at the Library!

What do we have in the Makerspace?

  • 3D printer – Makerbot Replicator 2
  •  Computer lab (Apple computers) – includes software for editing digital photos and/or video files
  • High-resolution scanner

What is on the Wish List for the Makerspace?

• Work/tool bench area to include: laser cutter; vinyl cutter; hand-crafting area; cutting table.

• Audio/Video Lab to include: 3D scanner; digital camera (DSL); digital video camera; television; Chromakey (green) screen with production space; lighting kit, both continuous & strobe/flash; light cube; reflectors; microphone; tripod; headphones; iPads; Adobe Creative Suite software; Garageband software; RSS feed; diffuser; photo/video backdrops (muslins) with stands.

• Tech Lab to include: Oculus Rift; Scratch; Wii; driving simulator (for Driver’s Education); Lego Robotics; MicroSoft Surface Pro computers; Sketch Up; Blender; Inspire; Kano kits; Raspberry Pi; Arduino software & kits; Little Bits; tech tools (screwdriver sets, wrenches, LED lights, resistors, etc.); vending machine to dispense USB cables, LCDs, breadboards, etc.

• Addition of RFID technology to manage, tag and track tools and equipment.

How can I use the Makerspace?

Most of the tools are available for immediate use, while others require a bit of training. But the best part is that all classes are FREE OF CHARGE! Vestavia Library staff members are working in the Makerspace every Maker Monday and will gladly demonstrate the use of the various tools. For other dates and times or to register for any upcoming classes, click the class link on the calendar below. To schedule a group session, call the Library at 205.978.0155.

We are thrilled to invite you to the Library to collaborate, create and MAKE something great!

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For more, see the Full Tech Calendar
Technology Promethean Board Basics

Mon, 02/27/2017  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm   Are you interested in learning how to use an interactive whiteboard for teaching or presentations? We’ll teach you with the library’s Promethean board, a touch-sensitive, drawing-capable projector and whiteboard. You’ll [...]

Technology Intro to 3D Printing

Mon, 03/06/2017  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm   Curious about 3D printing and all you can do with the technology? This class is the perfect introduction. You’ll learn how the MakerBot works as well as the basics of [...]

Technology 3D Printing Open Lab

Thu, 03/09/2017  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm   See the 3D printers in action and get your printing questions answered. The open lab will also offer tips for best practices to achieve a successful print from your model. [...]

Technology Apple Mobile Devices with Tech Ease

Tue, 03/14/2017  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm   Certified Apple Consultants answer your questions about Apple mobile products including iPhones, iPads and Macbooks. Registration is not required and everyone is welcome.

Featured Col 2 One-on-One Tutorial: Downloadables

Wed, 03/15/2017  9:30 am - 11:30 am    Want to take advantage of downloadable audiobooks and eBooks, but not sure how to get started? Learn how to browse, check-out and download eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive, the library’s [...]

Featured Col 1 Twitter 101

Tue, 03/21/2017  10:00 am - 11:30 am    Learn how to get started using Twitter. We’ll help you send your first tweet, interact with other users, gain followers and more! Call Bethany at 205-978-4679 to register.

Featured Col 3 Windows 10

Thu, 03/23/2017  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm   Come gain practical experience using Windows 10! Learn how to personalize the new interface, download apps, locate files and programs, use the Control Panel and perform other key functions. Call [...]

Foundation Board Members

Library Foundation:  205.978.4632
Foundation Chair: Mindy Bodenhamer
Foundation Vice Chair: Lawrence “Larry” Cochran
Foundation Executive Dir: Cinnamon McCulley 205.978.4632
Foundation Members: Kendall Millsap June Clark
Jonnie Venglik Margo Price Ashley Hicks
Steve Reeves Wendy Johnson Jason Waters
Virginia Hornbuckle