Maker Days

 

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Who's a maker? You are!

Join the maker movement this summer! Team up with the Library to learn how to code, manipulate objects, bend circuits, and get digitally creative!

Makers mix the technology at hand with a do-it-yourself spirit to bring new things to life. Catch a maker program and get started on hacking and remixing the world around you. With Maker Days the possibilities are endless.

Join maker experts from around the community to learn, discover, and create at your Library this summer.

 

Upcoming Maker Programs


Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. We experiment with different materials and techniques and explore our creativity! Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, June 16 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome

 

 


Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current skills—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, June 16 | 4–5:30 p.m

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Digital Creativity: Mobile Audio Recording

Learn the basics of recording with the Library’s portable audio production gear. Featuring the MacBook Pro, Logic Pro X software, a MIDI keyboard controller, and a microphone.

Please register. Ages 12-19

Wednesday, June 17 | 11-11:45 a.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Movie Magic

Learn how to create Hollywood-style special effects using the Library’s new Digital Creativity Center. Manipulate images and transport yourself to another location—through the magic of video!

Please register. Completed any grade 3–6

Wednesday, June 17 | 2–3:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

 

 


LEGO Club

Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO fans. Each session brings a new building challenge. LEGO blocks provided.

Drop in. Completed any grade K–6

Wednesday, June 17 | 7–8 p.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Space is limited—No more than four children per group please.

 

 


Coded Concoctions

Curious about computers? Conjure up some fun while learning the basics of coding. Create a simple computer game using MIT's Scratch program. Bring your own laptop, or one will be provided.

Please register. Completed any grade 4–8

Thursday, June 18 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch

 

 


Make it Digital! Learn Web Design with Treehouse

Interested in building websites, but don’t know where to start? Learn to use Treehouse, an online video and interactive learning platform with a focus on the design and development of websites and mobile apps.

Please register. Age 13 and up.* Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required.

Thursday, June 18 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.




Drop In and Discover: Creative Circuits

Try your hand at hacking, deconstructing, and creating with circuits. Discover all the cool ways to reimagine circuitry.

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Monday, June 22 | 3–5 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 



Movie Magic

Learn how to create Hollywood-style special effects using the Library’s new Digital Creativity Center. Manipulate images and transport yourself to another location—through the magic of video!

Please register. Completed any grade 3–6

Monday, June 22 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. We experiment with different materials and techniques and explore our creativity! Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver.*

Tuesday, June 23 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.

 

 


Coded Concoctions

Curious about computers? Conjure up some fun while learning the basics of coding. Create a simple computer game using MIT's Scratch program. Bring your own laptop, or one will be provided.

Please register. Completed any grade 4–8

Thursday, June 25 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch

 

 


Circuit-Bending

Make a unique musical instrument by manipulating the circuitry of an old toy. Toys provided, or bring your own.* A BloomingLabs workshop.

Drop in.  Age 13 and up**

Saturday, June 27 | 1–4 p.m.

Meeting Room 1C, Main Library, first floor

*Toy must make noise for circuit-bending to work. Circuit-bending is permanent.

**Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.

 

 


Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. We experiment with different materials and techniques and explore our creativity! Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, June 30 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.

 

 


Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current skills—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, June 30 | 4–5:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Hack Night with Arduino, Python & More!

Whether you’re an expert or just curious, join us for a night of hacking. Use our laptops, Arduinos, Beaglebones, sensors, motors, and other electronic goodies. Your own projects welcome!

Drop in. Age 13 and up*

Tuesday, June 30 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Program Room 2B, Main Library, second floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.

 

 


 LEGO Club

Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO fans. New building challenge each time! LEGO blocks provided.

Drop in. Completed any grade K–6

Wednesday, July 1 | 7–8 p.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Space is limited—No more than four children per group please.




Make it Digital! Learn Game Design with Unity

Learn video game design fundamentals using Unity, a powerful 2D & 3D development platform—and walk away with the beginnings of your own game!

Please register. Age 13 and up.* Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required.

Thursday, July 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.

 

 


LEGO Fun!

Grab a good base, a heaping of LEGO blocks, and get creative! LEGO blocks provided.

Please register. For all ages

Monday, July 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Workshop: Intro to Sewing – Sew Your Own Puppet

Learn hand-sewing basics—then transform your own hand puppet into any character you can imagine!

Please register. For ages 12–19

Monday, July 6 | 4–6 p.m. | Register

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor




Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday July 7 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Introduction to Arduino

Get hands-on in this three-part workshop on Arduino, the small, easy to program 8-bit computer that senses and interacts with the world around you. From robotics to air quality sensors to interactive art exhibits, Arduino projects span the spectrum from the whimsical to the practical. No programming knowledge required. Everything you need for this workshop is provided. 

Please register for all three sessions. Age 13 and up*

Tuesdays July 7, 14, & 21 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Register

Program Room 2B, Main Library, second floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.



MaKey MaKey

Control your computer with everyday objects—like bananas and play dough—using the MaKey MaKey circuit board. Also try iPad apps, build a contraption maze, or make a rainbow bracelet.

Please register. Completed any grade 2–6

Wednesday, July 8 | 2:30-3:30 PM | Register

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor




Drop-In DIY

Impress friends and family with your amazing DIY craft skills! Come to learn—or share your own projects.

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Wednesday, July 8 | 3–4:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor




Coded Concoctions

Conjure up some fun using Scratch software to create a simple game. Use your own laptop or ours.

Please register. Completed any grade 4–8

Thursday, July 9 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. We experiment with different materials and techniques and explore our creativity! Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, July 14 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current ones—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, July 14 | 4–5:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


DIY Gel Candles

Decorate a mug with a stencil or your own design—then turn it into a gel candle! All materials provided.

Drop in. For ages 12–19

Wednesday, July 15 | 3–5 p.m.

Ellettsville Branch




LEGO Club

Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO fans. New building challenge each time! LEGO blocks provided.

Drop in. Completed any grade K–6

Wednesday, July 15 | 7–8 p.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Space is limited—No more than four children per group please.




Coded Concoctions

Conjure up some fun using Scratch software to create a simple game. Use your own laptop or ours.

Please register. Completed any grade 4–8

Thursday, July 16 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Make it Digital! Learn Learn Adobe Photoshop with Treehouse

Learn Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for digital image editing, with the FREE e-learning platform Treehouse.* Get started with Photoshop basics at this event, then continue the Treehouse course on your own.

Please register. For age 13 and up.* Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required

Thursday, July 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

*Under age 13 OK if accompanied by an adult.




Wiimote Hacking

Take apart, explore, and repurpose the wireless Wii game remote controller. Make a Theremin, control MIDI, and more!

Drop in. Age 13 and up*

Saturday, July 18 | 1–4 p.m.

Meeting Room 1C, Main Library, first floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult




LEGO Fun!

Grab a good base, a heaping of LEGO blocks, and get creative! LEGO blocks provided.

Please register. For all ages.

Monday, July 20, 2015 | 2-3 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch

 

 


Drop In & Discover: iPad Gaming – Water Bears

Play an iPad puzzle game—then see how it was created.

Drop in. For ages 12–19.

Monday, July 20 | 3–5 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 



Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, July 21 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Coded Concoctions

Conjure up some fun using Scratch software to create a simple game. Use your own laptop or ours.

Please register. Completed any grade 4–8

Thursday, July 23 | 3–4:30 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Bangles, Baubles & Beads

Make your own unique piece of jewelry using our tools, beads, and found objects. Beginners or pros—all are welcome.

Please register. For ages 12–19

Saturday, July 25 | 1–3 p.m. | Register

Ellettsville Branch




Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, July 28 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current ones—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, July 28 | 4–5:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Hack Night with Arduino, Python, and More!

Laptops, Arduinos, Beaglebones, sensors, motors, and other electronic goodies to play with. For experts and those "just curious." Your own projects welcome.

Drop in. Age 13 and up.*

Tuesday, July 28 | 7–8:30 p.m.

Program Room 2B, Main Library, second floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by an adult.




Workshop: MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey is the invention kit for everyone! Explore projects—including musical instruments, games, and controllers—and create your own.

Please register. For ages 12–19

Monday, August 3 | 4–6 p.m. | Register

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor




Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, August 4 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




LEGO Club

Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO fans. New building challenge each time! LEGO blocks provided.

Drop in. Completed any grade K–6

Wednesday, August 5 | 7–8 p.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Space is limited—No more than four children per group please.

 

 


Make it Digital! Intro to Adobe Illustrator

Learn the basic tools used in Illustrator. If you are interested in creating your own digital graphics, this introduction is for you.

Please register. For age 13 and up.* Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required

Thursday, August 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

*Under age 13 OK with an adult.




Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, August 11 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current skills—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, August 11 | 4–5:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, August 18 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Make It Digital! Learn JavaScript Basics with Treehouse

Fundamentals of JavaScript, the scripting language of the Web, with the FREE e-learning platform Treehouse.* Get started with JavaScript basics at this event, then continue the Treehouse course on your own.

Please register. For age 13 and up.* Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required

Thursday, August 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Register

Level Up, Main Library, first floor

*Under age 13 OK if accompanied by an adult.

 

 


Little Makers

A fun, open-ended art experience. Explore your creativity as you experiment with different materials and techniques.  Dress to mess.

Drop in. Ages 3–6 with caregiver*

Tuesday, August 25 | 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Children’s Program Room, Main Library, first floor

*Younger siblings welcome.




Kids Alive!

Be part of a local TV tradition! Learn new skills—or level up your current skills—in script writing, storyboarding, acting, camera operation, video editing, songwriting and recording, brainstorming episode ideas, and much more!

Drop in. Ages 12–19

Tuesday, August 25 | 4–5:30 p.m.

The Ground Floor, Main Library, first floor

 

 


Hack Night with Arduino, Python & More!

Whether you’re an expert or just curious, join us for a night of hacking. Use our laptops, Arduinos, Beaglebones, sensors, motors, and other electronic goodies. Your own projects welcome!

Drop in. Age 13 and up*

Tuesday, August 25 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Program Room 2B, Main Library, second floor

*Under 13 OK if accompanied by adult.

 

 


 

 







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