Got Fix-it Skills?

We’re in need of your expertise, Vermillionaires!

The Library is interested in starting a monthly series, called Repair Café, this spring. A Repair Café is a local meeting place that brings together people with broken items and repair coaches, or volunteers, with the expertise to fix them. The Repair Cafe concept has its roots in Amsterdam, where Martine Postma, a former journalist, came up with the idea after the birth of her second child prompted her to think more about ways to reduce the waste going into landfills. Repair Cafe started in 2009 and spread across the Netherlands. Today, it has more than 1,100 sites in almost 30 countries.  You can find out more by visiting https://repaircafe.org/en/about/.

The VPL’s intent is to schedule monthly sessions, beginning in early March, which will be themed according to type of repairs (i.e. electronics, clothing, small appliances, etc). Before they begin, however, they are in need of folks who are handy at repairing things, who can act as mentors to folks who are interested in learning how to repair their items. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping get this program rolling, please contact the Library at vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org, or by calling 677-7060. The intent is not to take work away from professionals who repair things – on the contrary, they would like to involve them as well, and possibly send work their way when appropriate. The goal is to keep things out of the waste stream, and to teach people useful skills.

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