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The Fixers Collective At The West Seattle Tool Library's
Community Workshop--where people WORK for a living.
A Kitchen Library?...in Toronto's Tool Library
The Toronto Tool Library is one of the more impressive worktool sharing repositories in Canada. They have 3D Printing Workshop maker space, tool training workshops for locals, and after school events for kids who want to explore crafts making and learning a trade. They even have a Kitchen Library--a tool library that lends out kitchen appliances in the Toronto community. It is a non-proift operation that is a part of the Toronto Tool Library and opened its doors in October 2013. The Kitchen Library also teaches workshops to locals--believing that living space and income shouldn't deprive people from cooking well and
healthy eating. By providing access to otherwise costly and
space-consuming appliances the Toronto Tool Library and its wing: The Kitchen Library make a sharing economy inside a first-world community more sustainable and the future of good living. In 2014 the amazing Kitchen Library of Toronto was named by Canadian Living as one of the 7 Canadian inventions that make life better for locals.
How to Start Your Own Tool Library
Founders of the best tool libraries in the U.S. are offering plenty of open source advice on tool libraries. A webinar featuring everything you need to know for starting
and maintaining a tool library is available on You Tube. Image Credit IRBI (Institute for Resource based Economy Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0The Toronto Tool Library and part of its Work Tool InventoryYou can get fundraising
ideas, tips on buying the best cheap tools, getting brands to sponsor your tool library, membership subscriptions for sustainability and maintenance, location options, volunteers,
legalities, fees, tool maintenance and repair, inventory records, and
outreach. There is also a Tool Library Google Groups where people discuss the needs of putting together the best tool library given limited resources.
(Article thumbnail photo is also from the Toronto Tool Library archive)
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