Cider Pressing Party, Sunday October 28th

Join us for our 4th annual Cider Pressing Party at the Maine Tool Library! Bring your own apples and make some delicious cider to take home. We will have a few presses going so come and join in the fun from 1pm-4pm.

Beer and snacks will be provided by local sponsors. Directions here. We hope to see you there!

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Cider Pressing Party – Saturday October 14, 2017

Join us for our 3rd annual Cider Pressing Party at the Maine Tool Library! We’ll have multiple presses going, where attendees can bring their own apples and press out delicious cider to take home.

Other highlights include:

  • A Fall Harvest swap from 10-12 in the morning, hosted by the Resilience Hub
  • Festive tunes provided by the Maine Marimba Ensemble
  • Snacks provided by local food sponsors
  • Home-made cider donuts (made with the Tool Library deep fryer)
  • Tool Sale
  • Open House at the Maine Tool Library

The presses start firing at 10am, and we’ll be pressing until 3pm. Hope to see you there!



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Video Tutorial – Oil Filter Cartridges on Toyotas

This post is a first in what we hope to be a new trend for the Tool Library blog. We would like to begin curating the digital resources that we or our members have either created, or found useful, in the midst of finishing all those darn projects we have piling up around us. Hopefully you find this, or a future resource, useful in accomplishing what you need to get done.

I grew up changing oil with my father, and have changed oil in my own cars since I’ve owned them. But my partner and I recently came into possession of a car that is, perhaps, a bit fancier than those I’m experienced with: a 2007 Toyota Avalon. When I got under it to change the oil (my partner makes sure I use jack stands, and she’s right; always provide redundant support for your vehicles), I found something I’d never seen before: an aluminum cartridge where the oil filter should be.

Well, I did what any self-respecting millennial would do and I searched for an explanation on Google, and then subsequently a tutorial on Youtube. Of course, what I found was that the aluminum cartridge was the oil filter, just not in one big piece, or what is referred to as a “coffee can” filter, with which I was more accustomed. I also found, though, a really nice video on changing out the filter in oil filter cartridges:

While it is explicitly footage of, and directions for, changing oil in a 2007 Avalon, I’ve found in reading about oil cartridges that the great majority, if not all, new Toyota (and therefore probably Lexus as well) vehicles use this same, or a very similar, oil cartridge. With that in mind, I thought it might be useful for other Toyota owners out there.

I certainly found it useful, myself.

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Open House and Cider Pressing Party October 15th 2016 9 AM- 2 PM

Come on down to the library to press cider, talk tools and meet new friends! Feel free to bring apples (no drops please) and containers to take home cider. We will also have tools out for demonstration and discussion so bring questions and ideas to share. We will also be selling extra tools AND Sister Steel will be there from 12- 2 playing AWESOME steel drum music! There will be some snacks provided, but feel free to bring your own to share

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MTL- Portland Turns One! Come help us celebrate!


Our (1st)  birthday brunch is this Saturday, and you’re invited!

We’re having our first birthday party and members meeting on this Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We want to hear your input on the Tool Library. What tools would you like to add? How can we improve? Other cool ideas?

Here’s a general schedule of the morning:

9:00 – 10:00 AM – coffee, tea, and donuts
10:00 – 11:00 AM – our first annual report, an open forum for suggestions and reflections on the state of the tool library.
11:00 AM – 12:00PM – tool demonstrations by MTL committee members: sharpening station, table-top fruit press, “hidden gems”
12:00 – 1:00PM – snacks and open house

Feel free to bring your friends or neighbors to this event! This is a members meeting and a chance for you to give feedback. It’s also a chance for others to take a look around the MTL and see what cool tools we have!

Hope to see you there!

Your tools,
the MTL committee

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October 17th 2015 – Cider Pressing Party

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Sister Steel Concert on the 17th of July

Sister Steel is hosting a free concert at 224 Anderson Street, Friday the 17th of July from 6 -8. Donations to support the Maine Tool Library are encouraged, but not required. Join us!

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