The Hive is a space at the library where various “maker” equipment is available for classes, personal use, and collaborative projects.  The rotating equipment is funded by a Texas  Cooperative Library grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, see “Rolling DIY Makerspace” below for more details.  The interactive whiteboard was purchased through a grant from the Hancher Foundation.

Elgato Video Capture

Video capture device for Mac, PC and iPad. You can use this to convert analog media such as VHS to digital format. To use this equipment, contact Jamie by phone or e-mail 830.964.3744/jamie@tpml.org or ask for Jamie at the help desk.

Video editing assistance on request when available. User must sign terms of agreement before use. No copyrighted material allowed.

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker gives you the freedom to make everything from paper crafts, iron-ons, and vinyl decals to sewing projects, leather crafts, and balsa models. It has blades, including a rotary blade, pens, and a scoring tool.

Simplifies sewing and quilting projects. Choose from hundreds of digital sewing patterns, and Cricut Maker cuts and marks all the pieces – you just sew them together. You can also upload your own images and fonts.

One on One lessons available by appointment. Contact Ellen by phone or e-mail 830.964.3744/ellen@tpml.org or ask for Ellen at the help desk.

3D Printing Club

May 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm in the “Hive” at the library! Welcome all 3D printing enthusiasts! This is an open, inclusive, friendly group. We welcome teens and adults no matter what your skill level is or whether you own a printer or not. Here we will talk about anything 3D Print related: share ideas, Q & A’s, seeking solutions, sell/trade, building “things”, and all else related to 3D printing and the technologies involved, including, but not limited, to anything and all things that make Geeks….Geeks!

Prusa i3 MK2S 3D Printer
 
The 3D Design Lab will be at TPML from May to the end of July. We will be hosting a variety of 3D printing programs during the summer. If you want to learn to 3D print, check out the calendar for event days and times, or join the 3D printing club mentioned above. 
 
If you would like us to 3D print something for you, contact us to learn how. 

Audio/Video DIY by Appointment Only

Learn how to convert physical and analog materials to digital format. This will include a demonstration of how to use the scanner, converter and software, as well as image and video editing techniques. These sessions will teach you the basics of converting your physical and analog media to digital format, as well as image and video editing techniques.

By appointment only through the month of April. Please contact Jamie by either calling the library or e-mailing jamie@tpml.org.

Cricut | Maker

We offer Cricut lessons! Please call Ellen at 830.964.3744 to schedule a session.

If you already know how to use the Cricut, you may schedule work sessions with the Cricut | Maker on Fridays by calling 830.964.3744.

Rolling DIY Makerspace

We are part of the Rolling DIY Makerspace rotation! This means that every few months we receive a new set of Makerspace tools and equipment for your use! Currently the Graphic Design Lab and Digital Audio-Visual Lab are at TPML.

From May to July, we will have the Electronics Lab and 3D Design Lab.

The library will host programs using these tools and equipment, and you can use them too with the proper training and appointment! The Rolling DIY Makerspace offers the use of various equipment and software to design and create items for personal use.

For examples of other Rolling DIY labs available and a schedule of the rotation, please visit the Rolling DIY Makerspace website here.