3-D Printing

3-D printing is a form of additive manufacturing that makes three dimensional solid objects from a digital file, using molten plastic, computer-driven motors, and Cartesian geometry. The children’s department has a Prusa i3MK3s at each library building and can print objects up to 9x8x8 inches using PLA or PET-G filament. 

We will offer 3D introductory classes to kids ages 6 – 12 beginning in the fall of 2022. Classes will occur monthly at the James City County Library and will consist of an hour of learning about the basic 3-D printing process, including downloading a design file, preparing it to print using slicing software, and setting up the printer. At the end of the class, participants will be able to choose from a menu of basic designs to slice and print. (Due to the length of printing time, prints will need to be picked up at a later time.) Space is limited; check the children’s program guide for upcoming dates.

We will also offer 3D intermediate classes to kids ages 6 -12 who have completed the introductory class in a previous month. This class will focus on the slicing process; participants will choose a design and slice it with help. (Due to the length of printing time, prints will need to be picked up at a later time.) Space is limited; check the children’s program guide for upcoming dates.

If you are more experienced with 3D design, you are welcome to use the design programs on the library computers. Children 12 and under who have a design that is ready to print and would like access to the printer may submit a request through our Ask a Children’s Librarian form. Someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours to arrange an appointment. Adults and children 13+ who have a design ready to print can use the Makerspace at the Williamsburg Library. Please note that projects are limited to 5-hour prints.

Afterschool Crafts

We offer open crafts at the James City County Library every weekday afternoon. Drop in any time between 4 & 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (4 – 6 p.m. on Fridays) to work on a variety of crafts to spark your creativity. Each week we’ll add something new to the mix.

Open Art Studio

Every Saturday at the James City County Library you can paint, draw, create, and explore in our Open Art Studio. Drop in any time between 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Learning to Go

We’ve got lots more than books and movies! Our Learning to Go collection has puzzles, games, craft tools, toys, and tech for all ages. We’ve got everything from Scrabble to Spheros. Most items check out for a week, and all can be put on hold and renewed. There is no limit to the number of kits you can check out.

To see the collection in the catalog, search “Learning to Go” in the subject field. You can also browse labels on a magnetic board near entrance of either library building.

Chess

Boy Looking At Chess Board

Whether you are an experienced player or new to the game, we’ve got you covered. Each Sunday afternoon at the Williamsburg Library, we set out chess boards and pieces for casual drop-in games between 2 and 4 p.m. (Update: We currently do not have a volunteer instructor available.)

Games & Trivia

Hogwarts Virtual Escape Room for readers who have completed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Second Hogwarts Virtual Escape Room for readers who have completed Harry Potter books 1-3.

Potions and Herbology O.W.L.

Flash of Green Light

Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.

Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L.

What do you spy in the covers of these favorite picture books?

Practice your wizarding skills by observing these HP items.

Test your knowledge of classic children’s books.

Use the Force to discover these Star Wars items.

Can you guess these famous nursery rhymes?