417 E. Oliver St., (410) 347-0850, stationnorthtoollibrary.org
Founded in 2012 by John Shea and Piper Watson, Station North Tool Library makes us want to do things with our hands. And that’s saying a lot, because we always just assumed we’d be the first to go in the apocalypse. Now, we can fix things. We can borrow tools from the library—there are 1,400 of them, from portable table saws to drill presses—and we can take classes in the wood shop and metal shop. (The hot classes are knife-making and skateboards.) We suck so much less at stuff now. We can also hire an expert to come to our place and show us how to do stuff. It gets cooler, because SNTL is genuinely committed to community. Its new Surface Project gives individuals with barriers to employment a hand at making beautiful table tops and other gorgeous things from locally sourced reclaimed materials. Plus, there’s free coffee and everyone is nice and rather good-looking.