05 16, 2019

Meet the makerspace this summer at The HUB

By |2019-05-16T06:00:36-04:00May 16, 2019|

You can use the makerspace's vinyl cutter to make custom stickers, shirts and more.

You can use the makerspace’s vinyl cutter to make custom stickers, shirts and more at The HUB this summer.

We invites everyone to meet the makerspace at our newest branch, The HUB inside Mentor High School.

There’s never been a better opportunity to use the makerspace’s equipment. Starting Monday, June 3, we’re expanding The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

You can engrave photo frames, champagne glasses and more at The HUB.

You can engrave photo frames, champagne glasses and more at The HUB.

Additionally, The HUB hosts programs for all ages.

Those programs include:

Makers can also cross-stitch constellations, laser engrave photo frames, and use digital photos or video clips to create memories on iMovie during programs at The HUB this June.

All these programs are free to attend. However, some programs are for different age groups. Also, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

04 16, 2019

Discover the green-screen studio at The HUB

By |2019-04-16T06:00:06-04:00April 16, 2019|

Learn how you can use the green-screen studio at The HUB to make your own videos.

Learn how you can use the green-screen studio at The HUB to make your own videos.

Do you want to increase the production values on your YouTube channel or make a music video for your band?

The HUB inside Mentor High School has a green-screen studio with all the hardware and software a budding director needs, and it’s available to use for free.

We’ll even provide an introduction. We’re hosting two introductory sessions on Monday, April 29: one beginning at 5 p.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will take about an hour.

You can learn about the production capabilities of the studio and get inspired for your next video project. The introduction is free and open to everyone. However, due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up to attend online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.

Kids use the heat press at The HUB's makerspace to make trendy tote bags.

Kids use the heat press at The HUB’s makerspace to make trendy tote bags.

In addition to the studio, The HUB’s makerspace also has a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, large-format printer, heat press and more – all of which are available for public use.

The HUB is open to all from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is located inside Mentor High School (6477 Center St., Mentor, OH). Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

03 5, 2019

Making fun with a laser engraver

By |2019-03-05T06:00:31-05:00March 5, 2019|

Olivia and Kyle watch as the laser engraver carves the pieces of a wooden toy for them to assemble.

Olivia and Kyle watch as the laser engraver carves the pieces of a wooden toy for them to assemble.

Kids used the laser engraver at The HUB’s makerspace to carve wooden toys that they decorated and assembled during a special program last month.

They made airplanes, horses, and even surprisingly adorable gastropods using 21st century technology.

We told you the gastropod was cute.

We told you the gastropod was cute.

It was a lot of fun. But you haven’t missed the fun if you missed that program.

Families have a couple of opportunities to try out the laser engraver this month.

First, teens and tweens can use the engraver to design personalized accessories like necklaces, key chains and bookmarks at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at The HUB. The program is free and open to all 12- to 18-year-olds.

Then, anyone can get an introduction to the laser engraver at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Monday, March 18. Get inspired for your next project and leave with an engraved souvenir.

Additionally, you can learn about the makerspace’s vinyl cutter, as well, at either 4 or 6 p.m. on the following Monday, March 25. Discover what you can create with the cutter and get your own vinyl souvenir.

All these programs are free to attend. However, we do ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online at our event calendar or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, The HUB’s Makerspace is outfitted with a Laser EngraverLarge Format PrinterGreen Screen Studio, vinyl cutter and more. All of which is available for your next project

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

01 26, 2019

Learn how to use our 3D printer

By |2019-01-26T06:00:24-05:00January 26, 2019|

You can learn how to use our 3D printer to craft jewelry, toys, cell phone cases, widgets and more during a free program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at our Main Branch.

You don’t need to know how computer-aided design to attend or benefit from the class. Librarian Mary Pelton will provide websites where you can find computer files—specifically stereolithograpy (STL) files—that can be printed by the 3D printer.

Make rubberband cars, T-Rex skulls or replacement parts for your skateboards with no design experience.

The program is free to attend. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, there is an expense to use our 3D printer. We charge $1 for each hour it takes an item to print, rounding up to the nearest quarter of an hour.

Click here for more information on how to use our 3d printerBy the way, you can also check out the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large-format printer, green-screen studio and more available at the makerspace at The HUB.

01 19, 2019

Making custom tote bags at The HUB

By |2019-01-19T06:00:11-05:00January 19, 2019|

Gwen shows the custom tote bag she made at The HUB's makerspace.

Gwen shows the custom tote bag she made at The HUB’s makerspace.

Kids used the vinyl cutter and T-shirt press to make custom tote bags earlier this week at The HUB’s makerspace inside Mentor High School.

It’s a cool craft with relatively simple steps that you can make also (as long as you have access to a vinyl cutter and heat press, which you do.) First, the kids:

Harper waits for the vinyl cutter to print her design.

Harper waits for the vinyl cutter to print her design.

  1. Printed their choice of design on our vinyl cutter.
  2. Peeled off the design (which, by the way, is the hardest part of the process.)
  3. Put the design on the tote bag and the tote in the heat press. Well, actually we put it on the heat press because the press up to 270 degrees fahrenheit, and we don’t want anyone to burn their fingers.
  4. In 10 seconds, the press forces the design onto the tote.
  5. After a few seconds for everything to cool down, the kids have a trendy tote of their own.

You too can make a tote. The whole craft only costs about five dollars, which pays for the bag itself and the vinyl. If you want to use the makerspace at The HUB, you’ll need to buy your own tote but we’ll provide the vinyl for the design.

Ms. Ariel, our HUB manager, uses the heat press to make custom tote bags.

Ms. Ariel, our HUB manager, uses the heat press to make custom tote bags.

The HUB’s Makerspace is outfitted with a Laser EngraverLarge Format PrinterGreen Screen Studio, vinyl cutter and more. All of which is available for your next project

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

Moreover, we’re hosting several programs in January that can serve as introduction to the makerspace’s hardware, including:

  • an introduction to the laser engraver at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Get inspired for your next project and leave with an engraved souvenir.
  • learn about the vinyl cutter, as well, at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Discover what you can create with the cutter and get your own vinyl souvenir.

All these programs are free to attend. However, we do ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online at our event calendar or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

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