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Crafts & Maker

Crafts & Maker

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From learning how things work to inventing, designing, and creating, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is all about making by hand and learning by doing.

Crafts & Maker programs are offered in the Ideaworks Studio @Central and all neighbourhood branches except Kilbride. View the complete list of current programs in the Related Programs calendar.

Ideaworks Studio @Central

Ideaworks Studio is a community makerspace—a place where people create, invent, learn together, and build skills for life.

Our start-up plan for Ideaworks Studio is to offer great maker programs and classes. The space and equipment are used only during library programs at this time. As we learn more about how you’d like to use this space, we’ll offer more opportunities as we grow.

Through maker programming, people of all ages can develop proficiency in 21st century skills/literacies—such as team work, critical thinking, initiative, self-direction, adaptability, and math, technical and design skills, to name a few. And have lots of fun while learning!

Make It – Do It Yourself Open Studios

Ideaworks Studio Open Studio

Come in and explore the maker space, use the equipment and be creative. Completion of Laser Cutting 101 is required to use the laser cutter. Drop in anytime during open studio hours. No registration is required. 2nd floor Builders Room, Central

BookArts Open Studio

An informal meet-up to share bookbinding techniques and personal projects with a master bookbinder. Participants must first take any BPL bookbinding course to attend. Drop in anytime. Ages 18+. Brant Hills

Fibre Arts Open Studio

Calling all makers! Bring your projects and ideas to the maker space or try out some of ours. Use our sewing machines, knitting needles, crochet hooks, and staff knowledge to make your vision come to life. No sign-up required. All ages welcome. 2nd floor Builders Room, Central

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Ideaworks Studio DIY maker equipment and programs include:

Electronics & Robotics

  • Equipment: Snap Circuits, Cubelets, Little Bits, Makey Makey, Finch Robots, Arduinos, Mac computers, conductive materials
  • Types of programs: building; science- and engineering-related; basic robotics; basic circuitry, design

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Design
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Coding
  • Technology literacy
  • Art & design
  • Imagination
  • Digital technology
  • Intuitive & creative thinking
  • Logic & problem solving
  • Dexterity & coordination
  • Spatial reasoning

Digital Media Arts

  • Equipment: Green screen, drawing tablets, Macs loaded with digital imaging software, 3D printer, iOgraphers, shotgun microphones, studio lighting, vinyl cutter, laser cutters, negative/photo scanner, VHS-to-DVD converter
  • Types of programs: vlogging; film making; drawing; design; card making; design

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Media literacy
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Imagination
  • Technology literacy
  • Digital electronics
  • 3D design
  • Science, basic engineering & math
  • Spatial & mechanical reasoning
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Productivity & accountability
  • Collaboration & communication

Practical Arts & Building

  • Equipment: Sewing machines, knitting machines, weaving loom, Makedo cardboard construction tools, Straws & Connectors building sets
  • Types of programs: sewing, fibre arts including knitting, crochet, and felting; paper crafts; jewellery making; design; fabrication

21st century skills/literacies in action:

  • Art & design
  • Creative thinking & expression
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Encoding & decoding
  • Manual dexterity & coordination
  • Initiative & self-direction
  • Productivity
  • Creativity & innovation
  • Collaboration & communication
  • Basic engineering & math
  • Spatial reasoning

Coming in 2017:

  • Raspberry Pi microcontrollers
  • GlowForge laser printer