BLUE HILL — In the spirit of reducing waste and teaching the community new skills, the Blue Hill Public Library hosts a monthly “Fixit Clinic” on the first Saturday of the month, with the next one scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The idea is that local experts will coach people in the community to disassemble and troubleshoot a variety of items, such as appliances, bicycles, jewelry, clothing, toys, electronics and, well, whatever.
Last month, a toaster that has served three generations was rehabilitated to toast another slice for a new era. Experts also helped attendees with a vacuum cleaner cord retraction issue, a projector with a stuck fan, a humidifier, and more.
Participants are expected to actively participate in the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of their items so that they can leave fully empowered to share new-found skills and insights with friends, neighbors, and the community at large. Repair is not assured: while coaches will do their best to help, any specific item can have issues that make it unrepairable or efforts can exacerbate the problem during attempts to repair it.
Participants are asked to register via the library’s web calendar at www.bhpl.net so that the library can try to have the right experts on hand. The clinic is on a drop in basis—so participants can arrive anytime between 2:00 and 3:30 PM. Anyone interested in participating as a coach may contact the library at 374-5515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.