The Lab

The Lab is a place for experimentation, investigation and observation for the creative and curious.

The Lab @ the Library was created in 2016 when Gladys Tucker made a very generous donation allowing the Library to purchase the UltiMaker 3D printer.  Since that time the Lab has expanded, with the generous support of the Friends of the Library & donors to the Next Chapter Fund.

The Lab’s purpose is to offer a wide variety of opportunities for all ages with a focus on technology and creativity. The services offered are experimental and for instructional learning.

The Lab does not accommodate mass manufacturing or large projects. The Library reserves the right to decline any request.

Pick up a full brochure at the Library, or schedule an orientation session to learn more.

3D Printing

3D printing is the process for making a physical object from a digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. A design file is sent to the printer where hot plastic is passed through a nozzle and laid down layer by layer via a robotic arm. The plastic cools quickly, so the finished object can be used right away.

You will need to attend an orientation session if you would like to use the library’s Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer. Otherwise, files may be submitted for printing by the library staff once a Terms of Use form has been signed. For children under 14, an adult must sign the form at the Library.

Guidelines and Terms of Use (PDF)

Call the library at 860-923-9779 to schedule an orientation session!

Home Videos and Slides Conversion

Preserve family and local history by converting older home videos and images to current formats.

  • Convert VHS home videos to DVD
  • Save images from slides

Crafter and Artisan Tools

A selection of powerful tools for craft and DIY projects.

  • Cricut Maker
    Cuts various types of materials quickly and accurately, endless possibilities to create with!
  • Button Making Machine
    Create your own button!
  • 3D Pens
    Draw 3D objects with our CreoPop pens.