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

When the Library building is open, we offer 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. We also offer Maker Lab, a pop-up Maker space that offers patrons the chance to use our 3D printer, vinyl cutter, and metal stamping equipment for their own personal projects.


  • 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 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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