Station North Tool Library
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Station North Tool Library

The Station North Tool Library has more than 3,000 tools in its inventory, and lends them to members for classes, workshops and personal use. Since opening in 2013, it has paved the way for other tool libraries across the country and has become both a vital community resource and a collaborative creative space. Lynn McCann is the director of development and marketing and Chris Lavoie facilitates woodworking and craft education.
Meet Chris Lavoie & Lynn McCann

How has the tool library made an impact on Baltimore’s neighborhoods and neighbors?
CL: If you come in to borrow a tool and you don’t know how to use it, there’s a good chance that … there will be somebody on the other side of the counter who can give you tips on how to use it safely. So, more than just a material resource, it’s also a knowledge resource, social resource, and it just creates a community. It’s a hub for people to gather around.

What kind of workshops do you offer?
LM: We have workshops and classes for all different skill levels and interests. A lot of our class programming is in woodworking … but we also have our homecare series. These are classes where you can come in and learn how to work on the systems in your home, from electrical and plumbing to drywall and painting. Another set of classes is about crafts like soapmaking, knitting and weaving.

What is unique about Baltimore’s maker community?
LM: Baltimore … is unique in the way that people are resourceful and it’s also a place where people are extremely collaborative and welcoming. People are really interested in what you’re doing and why you’re here and how you came to be here. There are a lot of natural connections that happen that I haven’t seen in other cities I’ve lived in.

This interview has been condensed; portions of it have been edited for clarity.