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Creation Station: About

NPC Library's Creation Station - a place to collaborate & create, design & invent! A place to be creative and productive. You can participate in one of the monthly projects, or reserve the space to work on a project of your own.

Welcome

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NPC Library’s newest addition will provide a hands-on creative space for students to invent, collaborate, and design as they transform their ideas into reality!

What is it, and what can I do there?

What is it?

The Creation Station is a type of community makerspace – a place where people with shared ideas and interests can gather to work on projects while sharing equipment and knowledge

What can I do there?

The Creation Station is a workspace for individuals and small groups to share supplies and equipment to bring their inventions and creations to life. It also includes equipment, supplies and gadgets for a variety of DIY projects and activities. Want to print something in 3D? Need to make a poster for a class project?  Want to create an anime costume? Come on down – chances are we can help you out with supplies, equipment, and/or inspiration!

The Creation Station will sponsor a monthly project in which students, faculty, and staff can participate and learn a new skill or craft.  The best part is when you are able to DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and take home an awesome keepsake (or gift for someone special)!

The Library is grateful to NPC’s Innovative Technologies Center (ITC) for their help in getting the Creation Station up and running. The support and encouragement from Dr. Julian Post & Robin Pelton is much appreciated.

We'd like to thank the generous donors whose investment in the Creation Station supports learning, inspires creativity, and nurtures opportunities for growth:

  • Thanks to the ITC for loaning us the Singer Quantum Stylist sewing/embroidery machine and sewing notions.
     
  • Thanks, also, to the NPC Business Division for loaning us the Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.
     
  • Finally, many thanks to all of the generous individuals who have donated time, talent, and supplies to support the Creation Station. This little makerspace has truly been made possible by a community effort.

FAQs

When is the Creation Station Open?

The Creation Station is open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on project days or by appointment when the library is open. Please consult a librarian or the Creation Station coordinator.

When are the project days scheduled?

Project days will be scheduled during most months; please see the Project page here.

Do I need to register?

No, it is first-come, first-served. Participants can drop by the Creation Station any time between 9:00 and 3:00 on project days.

How long does it take to complete a project?

Most projects can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

How much does it cost to make a project?

We do not charge a fee for the monthly project. Supplies for the monthly project will be provided free while they last. 

Can I make my own project?

Yes. The equipment is free to use, however, you will have to supply the materials yourself; some may be available for purchase from the library – see the equipment page for more information.

Is there a time limit on any of the equipment?

You may reserve the room for up to two hours.

How many people will be allowed in the Creation Station at one time?

Up to 8 people, depending on the project.

May I bring food and drinks into the Creation Station?

Food is not allowed in the Creation Station; beverages in an enclosed container may be allowed. A water fountain is conveniently located in the library just outside the Creation Station.

Can I bring in my own computer/tablet and hook it up to the design equipment?

A library laptop will be used for equipment such as the Cricut and the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, which will have the necessary applications installed, however, in some cases a personal tablet or mobile device may be able to connect via USB or Bluetooth; ask the Creation Station coordinator for more information.

Can I use the Creation Station to plug in my laptop or read?

No. The Creation Station is reserved specifically for creating, inventing and learning. Patrons are welcome to use other areas in the Library to read, relax, or do other work not related to DIY or STEAM projects.

I need to make a poster for a class project; can I use the Creation Station?

Yes!  The Creation Station has a mobile cart with supplies such as scissors, glue, tape, markers, poster paints, etc.  The cart can be easily moved to a larger study room to accommodate groups. See some creative poster-making in action on our poster page.

Fun @ CS!

 

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