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Head to the library during open lab hours for free use of art and craft supplies, sewing machines and even a 3D printer.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF BEAVERTON - Community members utilize the free materials at the Beaverton City Library's new makerspace, Design and Make, or DAM.The Beaverton City Library has opened a new makerspace for learning, creating and crafting with free materials and equipment for the community.

Community members of all ages can visit DAM — which stands for Design and Make — to experiment with anything from 3D printers to sewing machines to Cricut machines. A library card is not required to use the space.

Open lab hours are available throughout the week, a press release said. During that time, the space is open for anyone to drop in and use any equipment available regardless of their experience with the activity.

A staff member will be available in the space for questions or assistance, the press release said, and the space contains assistive crafting equipment to make it accessible to visitors of all abilities.

The DAM also contains equipment for other fiber arts — including crochet, knitting, weaving and embroidery — as well as visual art supplies and dedicated materials for scrapbooking, making stickers, jewelry making and more.

There is more "maker technology" like a 3D scanner and Arduino, plus a variety of coding, robotics and engineering toys for younger kids.

For more information about available equipment, open lab hours or upcoming workshops and classes, visit the library's website or call 503-644-2197, option 2. DAM is at the main library location on the second floor.

A press release said DAM was funded in part with a donation by the New Friends of the Beaverton City Library.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF BEAVERTON - Beaverton City Councilor Nadia Hasan and Mayor Lacey Beaty cut the ribbon at the opening of the city library's new makerspace, Design and Make, or DAM.


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