Workshops

Upcoming Free Workshops sponsored by the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library:

> October 22, Temescal Branch,  1 until 4.  For the fourth and final session of this Junior Carpenters’ Club series at Temescal, participants will build their own toolboxes.  Although most of the pieces will be pre-cut, participants can use hand saws to shape their toolboxes’ ends.  They will also select a handle — wooden dowel, tree branch, rope, bamboo cane, etc. — and drill holes in the boxes’ ends to accommodate their choice. The boxes will be assembled with glue and nails.  Paint and brushes will be provided.

81st Avenue Branch Junior Carpenters’ Club Series:

>  October 11, 3 until 6.  Junior Carpenters’ Club, 81st Avenue Branch.  Intro to Tools, Tool Safety and Tool Troll Building Workshop.

>  October 18, 3 until 6. Junior Carpenters’ Club, 81st Avenue Branch.  Hanging Planter Workshop. Plants provided.

>  October 25, 3 until 6.  Junior Carpenters’ Club, 81st Avenue Branch.  Wooden Toy Workshop. Tools, nails, screws, dowels, various wood shapes, twine, paint, and doo-dads will fuel the creative process.

>  November 1, 3 until 6.  Junior Carpenters’ Club, 81st Avenue Branch.  Treasure Box Workshop. This project’s premier outing.  A simple box with a fitted lid and bottom, various handle options and maybe a surprise or two.

Main Library, Children’s Room Junior Carpenters’ Club Series:
Register HERE!

>  November 14, 3 until 6.  Junior Carpenters’ Club, Children’s Room, Main Library.  Intro to Tools, Tool Safety and Tool Troll Building Workshop.

>  November 21, 3 until 6. Junior Carpenters’ Club, Children’s Room, Main Library.  Hanging Planter Workshop.  Plants provided.

>  November 28, 3 until 6, Junior Carpenters’ Club, Children’s Room, Main Library.  Birdhouse Workshop, BYOB.  (Bring Your Own Bird.)

>  December 5, 3 until 6.  Junior Carpenters’ Club, Children’s Room, Main Library.  Treasure Box Workshop.

Seeking Leaders for Future Workshops

The Friends of the TLL are seeking presenters to lead workshops for community members:

Who: Local experts eager to share practical skills in carpentry, gardening/landscaping, plumbing, electrical, bicycle repair, and a wide range of other disciplines useful to those interested in DIY, the sharing economy, community building, and home improvement.

What:  Free monthly workshops typically running 1 1/2 to 3 hours.  (The longer workshops usually have a mid-point break). These workshops usually include presentations, hands-on practice, and Q&A.

When:  Most workshops are Saturdays during open hours (10am-5:30pm) and Tuesday evenings, between 5:30-8pm.  Upcoming workshops are posted on https://fotll.org, the FOTLL Facebook page, the Oakland Public Library website, and flyers posted in the library. We also promote workshops on Nextdoor and in local businesses.  Copies of the flyer and links to the classes online can be provided for distribution. If an instructor wishes to limit attendance, we can provide advance registration or limit admittance on a first-come-first serve basis.

Why:  To provide “how-to” instruction for projects that can be accomplished using tools available from the Tool Lending Library’s 3,500+ item inventory and are related to the interests and needs of Tool Library patrons. We are open to your ideas!

Where:  The Community Room at the Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609,  (510) 597-5089.  Gardening classes or workshops needing outdoor space, can be conducted in the library’s backyard.

How:  Whenever possible, through hands-on instruction in a small classroom setting.  Handouts, including step-by-step instructions, Frequently Asked Questions, tool lists, and other resources are encouraged.  Tools from the OPL TLL collection will be provided upon request.

Additional Resources: The FOTLL group can provide refreshments and a small budget for supplies needed for the class.  Supply budgets and stipends are voted on and approved by the Friends of the Oakland Tool Library group.

For Further Info or to organize a class contact:  Rainn Shaw, Senior Library Assistant, Tool Library: rshaw@oaklandlibrary.org or 510-597-5089.

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