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Newly launched 'Repair Cafe' helps NOTLers fix broken items
John McDermid brings his computer into the Repair Cafe for repair. Fixer Walt Weaver and IT co-ordinator Matt Furlong help. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library is on a mission to help fix damaged or broken items with its new “Repair Café,” which had its first session Saturday afternoon.

The café saw about 12 people, most of whom brought in electronics, for assistance fixing issues out of the scope of their own abilities. Volunteers, or “fixers” were available to help in their own area of expertise – computers, sewing, jewelry making, home appliances and more.

The free Repair Café is an initiative by the library to reduce the waste sent to landfills and to change societies throw-away mindset.

The library’s IT co-ordinator Matt Furlong said there have been talks to host the café every few months. For now, the next one is scheduled for Feb.1, 2020.

He added that turnout was “about what we expected” for a pilot project. Three volunteers came in to help and five items were brought in to fix.

“The five items were a lamp, a toaster, a ‘weed-whacker,’ a laptop and a broken screen on a smart phone. We plan on advertising a bit better for the next one,” Furlong said.

Volunteers interested in becoming a fixer can contact Sarah Bowers at 905-468-2023, ext. 202.