Saturday, May 6th, 12-3 pm
The Vermillion Public Library is excited to introduce a new program called Repair Cafe! You can read more about the Repair Cafe movement here:
This first session will focus on clothing/textile and bicycle repairs. We will have volunteers (with tools!) on hand who are willing to assist you with minor repairs of various sorts. In order to serve you best, it would be helpful to sign up for an appointment ahead-of-time with a description of repair needed. However, drop-ins will also be accommodated, so don’t hesitate to join us if you can!
*CANCELLED DUE TO LOW PARTICIPATION*
Please be on the look-out for news about another Repair Cafe session coming on Saturday, April 1st at 12 pm.
The Library’s first Repair Cafe is coming – Saturday, March 4th, 12-3 pm. Don’t miss your chance to sign up!
If you have a digital device or computer that needs minor repairs, call us to sign up for a slot. At a Repair Café, everything centers on making repairs. Beginning at 12 pm and ending at 3 pm, various volunteer repair mentors, with tools on hand, will be available to help mentor participants through as many repairs as possible. Visitors interested in attending the Repair Café are encouraged to bring along a broken item during their scheduled appointment time. A suggested donation of $5-10 will help the Library to create fund that will be used to support young, tech-savvy volunteers to pursue certification. Neighbors learn together, and help support the continuing education efforts of area youth, at the same time! Almost anything that is broken is welcome – although our first Repair Café will focus exclusively on digital devices and computers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.