A recent article in the Marin IJ describes the reinvention of the maker space next to the South Novato Library as The Shop, offering space to explore woodworking, crafts, and community.
Marin library maker space reinvented to explore woodworking, crafts
By Krissy Waite
September 13, 2023
When Dianna Chung walked by the open doors of The Shop with her 4-year-old daughter, Aria, she was instantly drawn in.
Housed in Hamilton by the South Novato branch of the Marin County Free Library, the free-to-use public space for building and creating at 931 C St. was reimagined in June. Formerly Marin Makerspace, The Shop now boasts the equipment and capacity for woodworking, knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, bicycle maintenance and more.
“We stumbled into this place. It looked very cool,” said Chung, a Marinwood resident. “It has a chill, artist collective feel to it here, and everyone is so nice. I’ve never seen a place like this. I didn’t even know it existed.”
Open to all — no library card needed —the space was previously tech-focused, offering tools and programs geared toward coding and 3D printing, said coordinator Brandon Barragan. Changes were made in response to a community feedback survey. Requests poured in for more hands-on, rustic programs and tools, specifically geared toward woodworking and sewing.