The Collaboratory: a makerspace

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A Collaboratory user works on a robot.The Hillsboro Public Library’s Collaboratory is a space for people of all abilities to explore the possibility of: making art, making science, making crafts, making anything!

Collaboratory Mission, Conduct, and Operations

While families are welcome to explore the space, the Collaboratory is for patrons age 10 and up. Younger makers can attend the Maker Labs at Shute park on Saturday afternoons, and Brookwood Library on Sunday afternoons. Make sure to check out our events Calendar for more information

What’s happening in the Collaboratory?

The Collaboratory hosts the following types of events:

Open labs: Check out the space, work on projects, practice skills, and meet makers. Equipment available on a first come, first served basis, but be considerate of others. No formal instruction offered, no registration required.

Meet-ups: Work on projects with like-minded makers and learn from one another. Space dedicated to a particular activity, no registration required.  

  • Arduino and Electronics Meet-up – 4th Mondays, 5 - 7 pm
  • Card Makers Social Meet-up – 4th Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm 
  • Cosplay Meet-up – 2nd and 4th Sundays, 3 - 6 pm
  • Fabric & Fibers Meet-up – 2nd Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm, 4th Wednesdays, 4 - 8 pm

Classes: Classes are taught by experts in a specific skill or craft. While it is not always required per class, some experience is helpful. No project time, or Self-Serve time available while classes are in session. If a class requires registration, you can register at Calendar of Events

Self-service: Certified patrons only, no instruction offered. Get certified by registering for a certification session at the Calendar of Events.  Self-Service is available outside of scheduled events only.

Certification sessions: Get certified to use the equipment outside of regularly scheduled events. No project time. Registration required at the Calendar of Events.

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Date and Time:

 Make and Take Tuesday  Tuesdays, 3 - 5 pm
 Tiny Book Making*

 Saturday, January 19, 4  - 5:30 pm

 Saturday, February 9, 4 - 5:30 pm

 Card Making Techniques*

 Sunday, January 20, 2 - 4:30 pm

 Sunday, February 17, 2 - 4:30 pm

 Intro to Illustration: Value and Form*  Saturday, January 12, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
 Painting Miniature Models*  Wednesday, January 16, 5 - 7:30 pm
 Intro to Illustration: Art Composition*  Saturday, January 19, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
 Intro to Illustration: Texture and Line*  Saturday, January 26, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
 Swap Meet  Saturday, February 2, 11 am - 5 pm
 Pillowcase Class*  Sunday, February, 3, 11 am - 2:30 pm
 Arduino Workshop* Sunday, February 3, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
 Hong Bao Flower Ball*  Monday, February 4, 2 - 3:30 pm
 Pen Pal Kit*  Sunday, February 10, 11:30 - 1:30 pm
 Intro to 3D Printing*  Saturday, February 16, 2 - 5 pm
 Personalized Journals*  Wednesday, February 20, 5 - 7:30 pm
 Intro to Illustration: Color Theory 101*  Saturday, February 23, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
 Card Making Techiques*

 Sunday, February 17, 2 - 4:30 pm

*Registration required at the Calendar of Events.

See the link to Calendar of Events for details, including the Open Lab Schedule.


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