MakerLabCentral Rappahannock Regional Library is dedicated to providing enriching educational opportunities for our community. Our MakerLabs are STEM exploration spaces for customers of all ages to enjoy hands-on learning with a wide variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities. Thanks to a generous partnership with the University of Mary Washington, library staff, volunteers and university students teach customers of all ages about aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through demonstrations and hands-on activities, including a 3-D printer, paper rocket launcher, robot arms, Ozobots, and much more. There are usually 2-3 activities available during any given MakerLab session.

If you have any questions about the MakerLabs or would like to schedule a group visit, please contact Joy McIntire, Branch Services Coordinator, by email.

Location and Hours of the MakerLabs:


Fredericksburg Branch
1201 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30–5:30

Howell Branch (formerly England Run)
806 Lyons Blvd.
Stafford, Virginia 22406
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30–5:30

Porter Branch 
2001 Parkway Boulevard
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: 540-659-4909
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30

*Schedules subject to change; calls to confirm are welcome.

MakerLab Badging

Earn a MakerLab badge today!

3D printer badge

  • Learn hands on how to use the 3D printer in training sessions offered at the Fredericksburg Branch, Howell Branch, and Porter Branch.

  • The 3D printer badge requires a minimum of 4 hours of training and successful completion of Levels 1-3. Training sessions are two hours in length.

  • Grade 6-Adult.

Sewing Machine badge

  • Learn how to operate and use the basic features of the Janome My Style 100 sewing machine at the Howell Branch.

  • The Sewing Machine badge requires a minimum of 3 hours of training and successful completion of Levels 1-2. Training sessions are 90 minutes in length.  

  • Grade 11-Adult.

Earning these badges allows you to reserve the sewing machine (Howell Branch only) or 3D printer to build your own projects in the MakerLab.  In exchange for use of the machine in the lab, you agree to also share information about your project with curious customers.

To sign up: Request an appointment for a MakerLab Badging session.


Equipment & software

Available in all of the labs: 3-D printer, Makey Makey, Robot arms, Littlebits, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, paper rocket launcher, and Legos. 
Additional equipment varies from branch to branch.