Maker Opportunities at WPL

What does "Maker" mean?

Maker culture emphasizes informal learning-through-doing in a social environment. Our Maker programs encourage you to DIY (do-it-yourself) and explore the intersection between technology and arts and crafts.

Maker Programs

We offer a number of creative and do-it-yourself activities for all ages throughout the year. These programs, led by library staff or Makers from the community, focus on specific projects or skills. Past activities include glass etching, designing LED light-up cards, jewelry making and metal stamping.
See below for upcoming classes for all age groups.

Maker Lab

Maker Lab is an open, pop-up Maker space where you can use the library’s equipment to work on your own projects. Make stickers, key chains, pet tags, or wacky inventions of your own devising. We will have supplies for self-directed introductory projects, but you are also welcome to bring your own materials and projects.

Current Equipment

  • Vinyl cutter, Silhouette Cameo 2
  • 3D printer, Prusa i3 MK3S
  • Metal stamping and jewelry making equipment
  • Maker cart, full of general crafting tools and supplies

Maker Basket

The Maker Basket is located near the circulation desk. Each month we feature a different hands-on project to either make and take home or display. Past projects include wire sculptures, ribbon weaving, typewriter art, and spirographs.

Maker Fest

Maker Fest is a library-wide event that showcases local Makers and Making opportunities. Businesses, schools, clubs, and individuals who teach, create, or advocate for do-it-yourself activities in art, design, or technology come together and show what they do with hands-on experiences for attendees.

Maker Fest 2020: Saturday, February 29, 10:30-2:30

Maker Resources

Creative Bug: An online resource that gives you access to thousands of arts and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Log in with your Wilmette Public Library card for unlimited access.

Lynda: An online video service with step-by-step tutorials on variety of topics including 3D design, music, photography, video editing and animation.


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