uCreate Space

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The uCreate Space is Stratford Library’s makerspace–a hands-on center for learning, creating, and sharing, where people of all ages can gather to explore a mix of hi-tech and low-tech equipment (as well as their creativity!).

Check our events calendar for all of our upcoming uCreate activities and events.

Below is a comprehensive list of uCreate’s current technological offerings. To schedule use of any of the equipment listed (including first-time tutorials), contact Chris by emailing ucreate[at]stratfordlibrary.org or by calling the Library at 203.385.4163.

Assorted uCreate equipment and technology is also available during uCreate Space Open Hours, drop-in hours during which the makerspace is staffed by teen volunteers.

uCreate Open Hours Schedule – February 2024* (subject to change):

  • Mondays (excluding 2/19): 2-6 pm
  • Tuesdays: 2-5 pm
  • Wednesdays: 3:30-6 pm
  • Thursdays: 3-5 pm
  • Fridays: 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Saturdays: 10:30 am – 4 pm
  • Sundays (excluding 2/18): 1-3 pm

*Please note: All ages are welcome during Open Hours but anyone 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. uCreate technology is available during Open Hours on a first come, first served basis, as space and assistance is limited. If interested in using specific equipment/technology (e.g. the 3D printer or the VR headsets), please call 203.385.4163 beforehand to verify availability or email Chris at ucreate(at)stratfordlibrary.org.

3D Printing:

  • Monoprice Mini Delta 3D printer – 110×120 mm build area; PLA & ABS compatible. Heated build plate. Filament diameter 1.75 mm.
  • Sculpto PRO 2 3D printer – Completely wireless. Sculpto app required for use. Layer height: .1-.4 mm. Print volume: football size.
  • Laptop with 3D software – Cura software, plus easy access to Thingiverse and Tinkercad.

How to use: Sign up for one of our monthly 3D Printing for Beginners sessions. Once you participate in a session, schedule a one-on-one follow-up session to become 3D certified in the uCreate Space. becoming 3D certified, you may schedule time to 3D-print independently.

 Circuitry and Robotics:

  • Lego Mindstorms robots (2) – Build your robot using the LEGO elements, motors, and sensors included in the set. Program your robot in the icon-based programming interface. Once you have built and programmed your robot, it’s time to play.
  • Raspberry Pi – a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
  • littleBits circuits – a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that allow you to invent anything, from your own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets – no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed.

How to use: Try out this technology during uCreate Open Hours or check our events calendar for STEAM programs.

Crafting:

  • Cricut electric die cutter with cartridges – electronic cutting machine cuts vinyl, paper, fabric & more. Use for scrapbooking, home décor, card making and more.
  • Accu-cut die cutter – hand-operated roller die cutting machine and cutting templates.
  • Brother SE 400 computerized sewing and embroidery machine – Features: Large 4″ x 4″ embroidery area; 67 built-in sewing stitches, including utility, quilting, heirloom and decorative stitches; 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 embroidery fonts and 120 frame pattern combinations; Design editing features including rotate, mirror-images, increase and decrease the size of your designs.
  • Badge-a-Minit Button Maker – Make your own 2.25-inch or 1.25-inch badges with any design you choose.
  • Laminator – Capable of laminating documents up to 12.5 inches wide.

How to use: Contact Us to schedule a tutorial. Once you complete a tutorial, you may schedule time for independent use.

Gaming & VR:

  • Nintendo Switch (x2) and assorted games
  • Xbox One S and assorted games
  • Meta Quest 2 VR (x2) – Please call 203.385.4163 or email ucreate[at]stratfordlibrary.org to schedule a tutorial and/or independent use of the headsets.
  • an assortment of tabletop games
  • uCreate’s video games and tabletop games are for in-house use only (during uCreate events and Open Hours).

Photo Editing:

  • Canon film/photo scanner (located in The Studio) – Scan photos, slides and negatives.
  • Photoshop Elements & Elements Premiere software (located in The Studio) – Fix, enhance and edit your photos.
  • Canon Pixma color photo printer– Print your pictures on photo paper.

How to use: Contact Us to schedule a tutorial. Once you complete a tutorial, you may schedule time for independent use.

Converters:

  • Vidbox VHS to DVD converter – Transfer your home movies to DVD. Conversion time is 1 to 1.
  • VHS adapter – for smaller tapes.
  • The Library provides blank DVDs for $1 each or you can supply your own.

How to use: Contact Us to arrange drop-off of your VHS tapes. We’ll convert them for you and notify you when they’re ready for pickup.

 Video Equipment (in The Studio):

  • Photo/video studio light kit with green screen.
  • Video camera

How to use: The Studio is currently unavailable. Please check back.

Prior to using any uCreate equipment, users must sign the uCreate Agreement. Questions? Please call 203-385-4164 or Contact Us.

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm