Oakes Room Media Lab

The Sir Harry Oakes Room was home for many years to our collection of Local History books, Oakes Room Guitarbut, to preserve the historic volumes better, they were moved to climate-controlled storage. The Oakes Room has been repurposed as a Recording Studio, Video Editing Lab, and 3D Printing Makerspace. 

We have professional quality software on two new 27" iMacs, along with condenser mics, lighting, a green screen and other equipment for recording and editing music and videos. A Yamaha Digital Piano, and acoustic and electric guitars are available. It's all absolutely free at the library!

There are two models of 3D printers available - MakerBot, for plastic prints and Formlabs Form 2, a resin printer. Make jewellery, figurines, tools and whatever else you would like! Order a print below!

The Oakes Room will also host our ongoing computer classes and Tech training. Be sure to drop by soon and check it all out.

There are groups of equipment that can be selected after a room has been booked:
1) Yamaha Digital Piano
2) Audio Recording and Editing workstation, which includes 27" iMac with Audacity and Garageband software, Studio Speakers, Mics with cables and stand, mixer, audio interface.
3) Video Recording and Editing workstation, which includes 27" iMac with iMovie,  Blender, GIMP and Inkscape software, Canon Vixia HF G20 Video Camera, Green Screen and Lighting kit.
4) Guitar, electric  & amplified
5) Guitar, acoustic

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English Bull Terrier 3D Print

3D Printing Classes

Media Lab - 3D Design and Prototyping Part 1 & Part 2

For those with moderate computer knowledge and skill. Transforming a design into a physical object has never been easier or faster. Get an overview of 3D design and modeling techniques for modern rapid prototyping applications. Participate in a hands-on project that will allow you to apply what you learn. Create your own design and see the process through to the final printed production.
Series of two classes.
All ages.

Free. Registration is required.

Media Lab - Creating With Code

This session will spotlight the fundamentals of coding and explore its applications. Topics will include game-building, basic animation, simple programming, and robotics. Learners will use Swift, Scratch, and Java, while working with our fleet of robots (Ozobot, Dash and Dot, Cue, Sphero). Different topics will take place on different platforms, but all PC, Mac, and iPad needs are provided.
Ages 8 years and up.

Free. Registration is required.


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*The Oakes Room Media Lab may be booked for use of the Media Lab workstations, digital piano, guitars and video equipment. It is not available for private study or business meetings.

Please allow 24 hours for online booking confirmation. If the room is needed with less than 24 hours notice, please phone for assistance. 905-356-8080


3D Printing Classes

Special 3D Printing Event - We the Rosies

For women, non-binary makers, artists and the technologically inclined - we will be participating in a massive art project, helping to build a 6-foot-tall monument of Rosie the Riveter. Each participant will order a part of the Rosie statue; the parts will be printed on NFPL's 3D printers, and we will mail your parts to the official shipping address of the sculpture.

Check out the crowd-sourced We the Builders site for more information. You log into this site with your google account, click "Download This Part" to get the file for your claimed part, then Order your claimed part from NFPL.

You'll also have a chance to find out about the different services in our Oakes Room Media Lab. Staff will be on hand Monday, May 14th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. to help you order prints, and to answer your questions. 

Introduction to 3D Printing

 In this 60-minute introduction, NFPL Studio staff will show attendees how to use our 3D printers (A Formlabs Form 2 stereolithography resin printer and a MakerBot 2X). Our current printing process involves submission of a 3D object through a form (available here). This session will assist potential users in getting the most out of this service. We will cover:

-How to use the equipment properly and safely
-The rules and guidelines to using the 3D printer
-How to prepare 3D files for printing 
-Safe and acceptable use of equipment and tools 
-An overview of policies and procedures governing the use of 3D printers.
All ages.

Free. Registration is required.

Introduction to 3D Design and Modelling

Do you have a product idea you want to create with a 3D printer? Interested in concept design, character models, architecture, or spatial visualization? The NFPL is now your place to create.

This 1-hour presentation will demonstrate the possibilities of 3D design and show how you can go about creating your own models. The session will showcase related software available in the NFPL’s Oakes Room Media Lab. Additionally, it will serve as an introductory guide with software recommendations, tips and tricks, and resources for any design enthusiasts looking to create on their own.

This is not a hands-on training session, but the workstations and tools will be available for demonstration. The Lab will be open for two hours following each session.

Free. Registration is required.

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