Growing up, my dad always had a set of tools in the garage. Whether they were scattered among mismatched toolboxes or squared away in the professional-grade tool cabinet my mother eventually bought him, if we needed to fix something, we could probably find the tool to do it. Now that I’m on my own, and especially because I am a cyclist, I’ve come to the stark realization that a hammer, small wrench and screwdriver–my own meagre tool collection–just can’t fix it all.
It’s just this problem that Parts and Crafts (577 Somerville Ave.) is hoping to solve with the Somerville Tool Library, which will open to the public on February 7. For a small membership fee ($50 sliding scale per year) an individual can take something from the collection for a week, with an option to renew for an additional week at the end of the first loan period. A late fee of $1 per day will be applied after that period has ended. Folks can also sign up for an organizational membership ($100 per year), which allows more than one individual to take out tools under the same account.
Right now Parts and Crafts is collecting tool and money donations seed the library. They’re also looking for feedback and community input, so if you have any ideas, hit them up. If you have tools or time to give, stop by Parts and Crafts on Saturday, January 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a tool cleanup and organization session. And if you want to jump right in with a membership, sign up here and DIY forever and ever.