Hatch Makerspace Offering Curbside Pickup of 3D Printing, Laser Cutting

Hatch Makerspace Coordinator Liz Helfer preps the 3D printer for new orders. Design and submit your 3D printing or laser cutting projects and the Watertown Library’s Hatch makerspace will do the work. Then you pick it up! See details in the Hatch announcement below:

Even though the Watertown Free Public Library’s Hatch Makerspace is closed to the public, you can still access Hatch’s 3D printers and laser cutter for free. Starting the week of May 25, Hatch staff will be available to 3D print and laser cut original work submitted online.

This Week’s Hatch Happenings: Curtain Making, Case Binding and Q&A

The staff at Hatch continues to provide opportunities to learn a new skill, despite the makerspace being closed due to the COVID-19 shutdown. This week, the classes include curtain making and book binding. See details in the announcements below:

Maker Questions with Liz & Yi Bin

Tuesday, May 12, 4-5pmJoin the Hatch Coordinator, Liz, and the Hatch Assistant, Yi Bin, to ask all your maker questions. They will field anything from fine art to finding tools. If they don’t know the answer, they know someone that does!

Learn to Make Face Masks With Hatch’s Online, And More Classes This Week

The Hatch Makerspace may be closed, you can still participate in their classes online, including how to make face masks and making your own book. The following classes will be held this week:

Maker Questions with Liz & Yi BinTuesday, May 5, 4-5pmJoin the Hatch Coordinator, Liz, and the Hatch Assistant, Yi Bin, to ask all your maker questions. They will field anything from fine art to finding tools. If they don’t know the answer, they know someone that does! This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the Hatch Makerspace community and tap the expertise of the hive mind to work on your projects.

Library Closed Until May 18, But Plenty of Online Activities for Children, Teens & Adults

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Free Public Library sent out the following information:

As directed by Town Manager Michael Driscoll, the Watertown Free Public Library will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 18th to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. This extends the Library’s previous closure period by two weeks. 

Do you need help accessing WFPL’s (newly expanded) digital library? The Reference Department has created simple video tutorials to introduce our most popular digital services and help you set up an account, step by step: watertownlib.org/eLibTutorials

While the Library is closed, WFPL will continue to offer virtual programs for children, teens, and adults. Here’s what’s coming up for the week of May 4 – May 10:


Springo!May 1 – 30 | Can you get bingo on our spring-themed outdoor scavenger hunt?

Middle, High Schoolers Can Join Congressional App Challenge in Watertown

The following information came from the Watertown Free Public Library:

Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s office is excited to announce that the Massachusetts 5th district is moving forward with the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school. On Friday, Sept. 13 from 4-7 p.m., students from the 5th congressional district are invited to participate in a coding workshop held at Hatch Makerspace, 20 Summer St. Watertown, MA. Hatch is a free community workshop managed by the Watertown Free Public Library that offers training and equipment, including 3D printing, laser cutting, sewing, soldering, robotics, and woodworking. During the Sept.

Learn About Cartooning, Create Rube Goldberg at HATCH Makerspace

Hatch Makerspace has tons of activities in July, including learning cartooning and caricature, Rube Goldberg-esque creations, 3-D modeling, or hit one of the weekly drop-in sessions. The Makerspace is part of the Watertown Free Public Library. It is a public workshop with space, equipment, and materials available for you to use. 

Here are some of the workshops going on at Hatch, located at 20 Summer Street in Watertown. It is open Monday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Hatch will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. Hours are updated regularly online: watertownlib.org/hatch

Workshop spotlight: Art Studio – Cartoon and CaricatureLearn the basics of cartoon and caricature drawing from Watertown artist, Adrian Alvarez.

See What’s Happening at the Hatch Makerspace in February

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library’s Hatch Makerspace:

Art 150: Intro to Sculpture

In celebration of the WFPL’s 150th birthday, Hatch is running a workshop series titled “Art 150.” Each workshop will focus on a different artistic medium and invites you to reflect, create, and connect through a look at WFPL history and visual expression. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the WFPL’s 150th celebration gala. Upcoming Workshops & Events*

2/4, Laser Cutter 1012/9, Sewing Basics: Double Drawstring Gift Bag2/12, Tools for Makers2/13, 3D Printing 1012/15, Intro to Soldering2/16, Intro to the Sewing Machine2/21, Laser Cutter 1012/21, Art 150: Intro to Sculpture2/22, Duct Tape Network: Green Team!2/22, Arduino 101: For Novices2/25, Vinyl Cutter 101*There will be no Intro to 3D Modeling for Adults or Inkscape 101 this month. Visit Meetup.com to register »


Mondays 3-6 p.m., Fiber Arts

Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m., Electronics for Music

Wednesdays 6:30-9 p.m., Mechatronics

Thursdays 6-9 p.m., Open Code

Hatch is currently seeking fabric yardage and yarn donations for upcoming projects.