Searching for a New Home.



Dear Tool Library Members and Friends,

We’ve known since we began the library that our time in the present building would be limited, and now we must move forward into a new home. Our lease is set to expire one year from now and we are asking every tool library member to help us in the search.

Our goal is to find a location close to where we are now, with at least as much space as we have now, hopefully more. We’d love to have a little more elbow room to host events and classes.  Our steering committee will be beginning the process, and at some point soon will be asking for help to refine a vision for the future tool library, scout locations, connect with potential partnering organizations, develop resources and communicate with each other about how it’s going. We will also be inviting you to consider a volunteer role in the process or joining our leadership.

We will continue to serve our membership and the community during this process. You can expect the same hours and business as usual. Our hope going forward is to create a smooth transition so we can continue to share tools and community in our current and our future space.

The NE Seattle Tool Library was started with the hope that by sharing common resources we could both lighten our collective environmental footprint and save a few dollars in the process. What we didn’t anticipate was the camaraderie that would be created among library users, staff and volunteers. It is our fervent hope that we can retain and enhance that sense of community as we relocate, developing an even stronger one in the process.

There’s more information to come, but in the meantime, send any comments or ideas you have to:

All the best,

NESTL Steering Committee

Ken Yu, Debra Morrison, Dave Gifford, Lee LaCroix, Joel Gregory, Susan Gregory, Shannon Roberts, Mike Murphy, Chris Lemmon and Jim Gagnon

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We have recently acquired a new Cider Press! It is here ready to crush the juice right out of your summer and fall apple harvests. Get Pumped!  AND, in light of having the new press, we are doing something new this year!   This summer and fall we will be making the press available here at the Tool Library for walk-in pressings. That’s right! Come on over any Saturday or Sunday , starting in August and going through the harvest season, and bring your apples and your growlers and jars and jugs and such,

Mmm, Delicious!

Mmm, Delicious!

and get your press on!

CONATINERS FOR CIDER (14lbs of apples = roughly 1 gallon of cider.)
CONTAINERS FOR MASH (trash bags, or 5 gallon buckets work.)
                  … all mash must be taken off site
RESERVOIR (under 10″ tall- as taller will not fit under press)
 optional: a funnel or pitcher for controlled pouring.

P.S.- CIDER PRESS VOLUNTEER?   If you are a Tool Library Volunteer and would like to  help out with the press this August, head on over to the googgle.doc sign-up sheet thingamabob and get your name down!  AND IF – you are an avid presser, or pressure enthusiast or even a beginner who would like to learn more about cider pressing  and you would like to start volunteering with us specifically for the press, we would be thrilled to have you on board.  Send us an email and we’ll get you signed up.

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Please Welcome Our New Coordinators!

We are very happy to announce the hiring of our new co-coordinators for the Northeast Seattle Tool Library, Mike and Chris!

Chris:  I’m very happy to be working at the Tool Library! and look forward to helping my neighbors.   Challenging projects and the “mental gymnastics” and working out details for unique problems interests me.  I’ve been a tinkerer and builder since I was young, was an Army Special Forces Engineer, for 21 years, most recently I worked in the tool department at Lowe’s.  My other job is custom metal fabrication and my studio is located here in Wedgwood and I love visitors.  Please come by the library, say hi, and borrow some tools.

Mike:  Hi!  I as well am really happy to be working here at the Tool Library!  I look forward to the opportunity to help the NESTL community in all manner of projects. I have a background in home construction and landscaping as well as a background in design.  I have volunteered with the library and getting to know the other volunteers that grace our shed with their good work and smiling faces.


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Wait List Items

Now we are well into our busy season during the spring and summer, some members may have noticed a lot of items are reserved!

The wait list is created when someone would like to borrow an item that is currently checked out. When an item is reserved it can not be renewed and when it comes back, we call the person at the top of the list. They have that day and the whole next day we are open to come pick up the item. After that time we move on to the next person waiting.

Below is a link to the items currently on the wait list and the number of people waiting. Please be advised if there a lot of people waiting for popular items you may not be able to borrow it when you come unless we call you, even if you see them listed in the inventory!


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Have Something that Needs Fixing?

Did you know the Tool Library hosts a “Fixer’s Collective” twice a month? All People are welcome to bring in their broken tools and appliances and our genius fixers will help you repair them!

Maybe you don’t have anything broken and you’re just interested in tool repair and maintenance? Or you have a love of fixing but no broken tools to fix? That’s fine too! The Tool Library has a steady supply of broken tools that need some TLC and can be worked on during Fixer’s Night.

Please join us! Fixer’s Collective meets:
6:30-8:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month @ the Tool Library


Need some inspiration? Check out Sugru’s “Fixer’s Manifesto”!



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