Fix it! at York Public Library’s Repair Clinic

Repair cafes and “fix it” clinics are popping up all over the country as a natural successor to the maker movement. They use the practical application of tinkering to discover common problems with household items to reuse them rather than send them to the landfill. Our community of local fixers will convene at York Public Library on Saturday, April 30 to “tinker” and you’re invited. This event is BYOBS (that is, bring your own broken stuff).

I love watching people tinker with things, so last month when presented with the option of hosting a repair clinic, I jumped at the chance. Our Repair Clinic on April 30 from 10 to 11:15 am, in the Library’s Community Room will connect participants with repair coaches to learn how to fix a wide array of items. Our coaches for this event have a variety of skills: a gardener who can help you get your gardens back into shape; a cyclist to teach you how to maintain your bike and perform simple repairs; a pair of skilled stitchers who can teach you how to sew on a button or patch; an electrical engineer to help fix small-appliances like toasters and coffee makers; and a local enthusiast to help repair antique hand tools. What I am most excited about, though, is the coach who will show you how to clean cast-iron pans with an electrolysis tank. For participants who do not get their item repaired that day, someone from the Recycling Committee will be on hand to let them know if, how, and where the item can be recycled.

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