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MakerLabs

MakerLabThe Central Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to providing enriching educational opportunities for our community. Our MakerLabs are STEM exploration spaces for customers of all ages to enjoy hands-on learning with a wide variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities. Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff, volunteers and university students teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities, including a 3-D printer, paper rocket launcher, robot arms, Ozobots, and much more. There are usually 2-3 activities available during any given MakerLab session.

If you have any questions about the MakerLabs or would like to schedule a group visit, please contact Joy McIntire, England Run Branch Manager, by email.


Location and Hours of the MakerLabs:

MakerLab

Headquarters Library
1201 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-372-1144
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:00, except July 4
Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00

England Run Branch
806 Lyons Blvd.
Stafford, Virginia 22406
540-899-1703
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00-5:00, except July 3

John Musante Porter Branch 
2001 Parkway Boulevard
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: 540-659-4909
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:00, except July 4

*Schedules subject to change; calls to confirm are welcome.


MakerLab Badging

Would you like to earn the 3D printer badge?
  • Learn hands on how to use the 3D printer in training sessions offered at the England Run Branch.
  • The 3D printer badge requires a minimum of 4 hours of training and successful completion of Levels 1-3. Training sessions are two hours in length.
  • Earn the 3D printing badge and you can reserve the printer and build your own projects in the MakerLab.
  • In exchange for use of the machine in the lab, you agree to also share information about your project and 3D printing in general with curious customers.
  • Grades 6—Adult
  • ​To sign up: Request an appointment for a MakerLab Badging session.

Equipment & software

Available in all of the labs: 3-D printer, Makey Makey, Robot arms, Littlebits, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, paper rocket launcher, and Legos. 
Additional equipment varies from branch to branch.