Westborough – The Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., will hold a Repair Cafe Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Knowledgeable volunteer repair experts will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, jewelry, bikes, computers, toys, and anything that is broken is welcome and can most likely be repaired. Knives can also be sharpened.
Volunteers will look at the items brought in and try to repair them for free – you may be asked to pay for needed parts if they can be obtained on the day of the event. If you know what parts are needed, order them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time. Unlike a “fix-it” shop where people drop off items to be repaired, people are asked to stay while their items are being fixed. You can just watch, help with the repair, fix the item yourself with help from the volunteers, or just have a snack and visit with neighbors. If the volunteers cannot repair something, they will offer suggestions about where you could go for repairs.
By promoting repairs, the Westborough Library and Westborough Rotary want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Café is also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, save money, and discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. For more information about Repair Café, go to www.repaircafe.org.
For more information or to volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Donna Martel, adult services librarian, at 508-366-3050 or Gerry Gross, Rotary Club of Westborough, at 508-735-6141.