The Makerspace is located at the Michael Kusalaba Branch Library.
The Makerspace is Now Open
The Makerspace inside the Michael Kusalaba Branch Library on Mahoning Ave. is now open. Using reasonable safety precautions, most Makerspace equipment will be available at this time, but the sound studio will not be available.
- You’ll need to complete an orientation:
- Visit Niche Academy and log in or create a free account (click the person in the top right corner) with your library card. You must be logged in to complete the orientation.
- Search for Michael Kusalaba Branch Makerspace Orientation to watch the video.
- Screenshot or print the Certificate of Completion to show staff.
- Come to the library and sign our Makerspace Rules and Hold Harmless agreements. Bring a photo ID and library card.
- Enjoy using the Makerspace equipment!
|Watch along on YouTube as we demonstrate how to use the Michael Kusalaba Makerspace. Learn some basics of designing in the Cricut Design Space, how to use the laminator, and much more.|
What Can You Do in a PLYMC Makerspace?
LEARN… CREATE… COLLABORATE
Create your own design and print in 3D. The charge for an item will be .25¢ per ¼ hour (rounded up) of printing time.
Use the 3D scanner to scan a small object to print on the 3D printer. Maximum object parameters: 6.6 lbs; 9.8” Height; 7 inches Diameter.
Create 1”, 2.25” or 3” buttons. The cost is $0.25 each for all sizes.
This die cutting machine is used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, and fabric for paper crafting scrapbooking, and more! Bring in your own materials to use with the machine.
Example-Cricut Labels – pdf
Cricut Pathfinder – pdf
Cut shapes from a large selection of dies. Must bring own materials to cut.
Transfer designs onto a T-shirt, hat, mug or plate. Bring your own items. Must fit the 11.5” x 15” heat plate on the press.
Engrave on wood, leather, glass or other materials on our list of approved materials. Bring your own items or buy material for $10/sheet.
Glowforge App Design -pdf
Laminate large 27” wide materials for $1 per foot.
Small laminator (legal size, 8½” x 11” or smaller) for $.15 per pouch.
Print on Removable Vinyl, Clear and White Static Cling, Permanent Adhesive, Vinyl Banner Matte and Gloss, and White Paper Gloss.
Roland Settings -pdf
Please note: the Sound Studio is currently NOT OPEN. This sound studio includes a piano, guitars, drums, microphones, a StudioLive mixing board, and recording software. You may bring your own instrument.
What Can You Do in a PLYMC Digital Archiving Lab?
LEARN… CREATE… COLLABORATE
|Film Reel Converter |
Convert 8mm and Super 8 film reels onto a memory card CD, DVD or other digital file. (No sound conversion)
|Film to Digital Converter |
View and convert film negatives into a digital file.
Have an old music cassette, vinyl record or a videocassette that you want to convert to a CD or DVD? Use our Funai Combo VCR/DVD Recorder or our Teac LP/CD Recorder and Cassette Turntable to update your favorite items to current formats. Bring your own CDs or DVDs or buy them from us: CDs cost 25¢ and DVDs cost 35¢.
|Scanner with Digital ICE Technology |
Convert hard copies of pictures, negatives or other files into a high-resolution digital file.
Costs and Approved Materials List
There are no charges to reserve or use the PLYMC Makerspace equipment, however users must pay for materials purchased in the Makerspace for the items they create.
|Buttons (All Sizes)||.25¢/each|
|Filament||.25¢ per ¼ hr|
|Laminating Pouch (Regular and Legal Size)||.15¢/each|
|Laminating (Large Laminator)||$1/foot|
|Vinyl (All Types)||$2/foot|
Project costs must be paid at the staff desk in the Makerspace area before beginning the project. Projects can be paid for in cash or by credit card.
Only certain materials may be used in the PLYMC Technology Makerspace due to safety concerns and environmental issues.
Filament for the 3D printer, vinyl cutter materials, lamination materials, and buttons for the button press are sold by the library and outside material cannot be used for these devices. The Library encourages users of the makerspace to bring their own materials for the laser engraver, heat press, and conversion equipment. All outside materials MUST be approved by library staff in the maker space before beginning a project.
The Library encourages users of the Makerspace to bring their own materials for the laser engraver, heat press, and music conversion station. All outside materials MUST be approved by library staff in the Makerspace before beginning a project.
Approved Materials for the Laser Engraver:
Cardboard – non-corrugated only
Leather (Not Imitation!)
Marble and other stone
Stainless Steel w/Cerdec Coating
Wood (No wood treated for outside use)
Glowforge Proofgrade Materials
Any material not explicitly listed above may NOT be used in the Glowforge Laser Engraver