Maker Programming

What does "Maker" mean?

Maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Maker culture encourages DIY (do-it-yourself) and explores the intersection between technology and traditional arts and crafts.

Maker Opportunities at WPL

Our librarians have been hosting Maker programs for patrons of all ages to engage in creative do-it-yourself activities focusing on technology, crafting, and the intersection of those two disciplines. Examples of acitivities include DIY computer games (via Scratch), Silk-screening, DIY stickets and stencils (via Silhouette vinyl cutter), and many more. Check out the events listed below, and don't forget to register!

 

  • Maker After Dark: Candle Making
    When: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Brighten up those shorter, colder autumn days by making your own candle in a jar! After your project is complete, head down to the Auditorium to enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and the Chris White Jazz concert. This program is designed for adults only. Registration required.
  • Maker Monday: Mosaics
    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Use materials from Perler beads to Post-it Notes to create your own mosaics. You’ll make and decorate practical items such as coasters and picture frames. All ages. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Maker Monday: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating
    When: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Decorate pumpkins without using a knife! We’ll bedeck pumpkins with glitter, paint, and more. Pumpkins will be provided. All ages. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Maker After Dark: Pint Glass Etching
    When: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Art, technology, and beer intersect! Using our vinyl cutter and special software, you’ll design a stencil and use it to etch your own pint glass. After your project is complete, enjoy a pint of beer and a jazz concert by the Petra Van Nuis Trio in the Auditorium. This program is designed for adults only. Registration required.

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