The Toronto Tool Library connects many different issues for our society – sharing, empowerment, access, economic equality, the list goes on. But some might wonder on this Earth Day, what makes sharing tools green? Sharing tools rather than buying new ones reduces the amount of energy and materials required to mine, manufacture, package and ship these tools to Toronto from all over the world. Torontonians generated roughly 130,000 tons of […]
WIN our Earth Week Challenge! WIN 3 Tickets to the Green Living Show (April 25th – 27th) plus 1 Workshop from the Toronto Tool Library ($100 value). We want to show the world how “Tools are Green!” Send us your Maker/ Repair Photos – any project you made or item you fixed to Social@IRBE.org. We’ll add your photos to our Pinterest board and the photo with the most re-Pins WINS! Contest […]
The Toronto Tool Library is competing in the Live Green Toronto Awards. Help us win $2,500 in cash-prize, media coverage and recognition in our city. VOTE for us & Watch our video to find out how Tools are Green! Click Here to support the Toronto Tool Library!
If you happened to be passing by our east side location this past Saturday, you may have noticed the extra hustle and bustle on the sidewalk and an excited buzz in the air. What was all the fuss about? Toronto’s Repair Café set up shop above our Danforth location and welcomed with open arms all the sad, broken items that locals could not fix by themselves – toasters, clocks, CD players, clothing, books, headphones, vacuum […]
We just celebrated our one year anniversary of the first Tool Library opening in Parkdale! The Anniversary was met with a grant unveiling by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to the Toronto Tool Library, along with honoured guests of MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo. Buzzing with excitement, our one-year story was seen on City TV News and BetaKit.com. Since our opening, the project has launched two Library locations, reached 500+ members, giving access […]
Set to begin mid-March, the next round of Youth Programs at the Toronto Tool Library East Side Makerspace will introduce youth to robotics, circuitry, wood working, shared spaces, and problem solving. They’ll leave with their own robot! But not before it navigates our obstacle course! More details of the program here
Introducing the newest addition to the Tool Library and Makerspace at 1803 Danforth Avenue! The LASERSAUR is an open source, 100 Watt laser cutter with a 2 x 4 foot cutting bed. It is able to cut organics (wood, plastics, leather etc). Want access? Find out more here!
“Wood You Be Mine” hosted by Jennifer Rong of Rong Designs. There was a flurry of activity as participants to the space went from station to station, creating custom buttons, wine bottle candle holders and custom heart lightbulbs. The Kitchen Library also had a chocolate fondue station (where many people congregated) as well as a Valentine’s Day special juice, freshly made with the Library’s own juicer. Many attendees were […]
Jennifer Rong of Rong Designs will be leading our “Wood You Be My Valentine” workshop this Thursday, February 13 and is an active member of the Toronto Tool Library. How did you get involved in design? I have a background in graphic design and got into furniture design and woodworking partly through my previous job and through DIY projects of my own. I’ve always been the hands on creative type […]
We are proud to announce the start of our Youth Program at the East End location. With the success of Battle Bot Royale (see a preview here), we’ve decided to open up a youth program as a part of our Maker Space initiative. Tool Library members must be 18 years or older but with the youth program, we hope to be able to make our skills and knowledge accessible to […]