MakerStation logo: a bronze ovoid plaque that reads MakerStation Create and Connect at Lake County Public Library

Create and Connect at MakerStation Events!

MakerStation events are classes, programs, and activities designed to help you learn and create! You'll meet people with similar ability levels and interests while building skills that you can use in life - like knowledge of circuitry, coding, how to use certain tools, and more.

March

Balloon Animals (Teens)

What: Learn the basics of balloon animal making by making your own balloon dog!
When: Thursday, March 1, 6:30 PM
Where: Merrillville Branch
Registration: Not required, but appreciated! Sign up here.

Learn to Solder (Ages 16 and up)

What: Learn the basics of soldering and safety precautions with our certified IT specialist. You'll create a pendant out of ceramic and glass tiles using solder and copper tape. This is a great way to become familiar with soldering techniques. Please register...space is limited. You will be asked to sign a waiver. Ages 16 to Adult. Younger ages, must be with a parent or responsible adult.
When: Monday, March 6, 6:00 PM
Where: Merrillville Branch
Registration: Required. Sign up here.

Touchscreen Gloves (Teens)

What: Teens will use conductive thread to customize gloves into functional touchscreen capable gloves.
When: Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM
Where: Merrillville Branch
Registration: Required. Sign up here.

Supply Swap (All Ages)

What: Join us for a 'maker' supply swap. Bring your surplus maker supplies: yarn, fabric, rubber stamps, patterns, etc. and browse what other people from your community have contributed. All items should be in good condition. You can help the environment and your budget while you shop for new-to-you supplies and ideas for your next maker project. Unclaimed items may be used for future library programming or donated.
When: Saturday, March 18, 9 AM - 12 PM
Where: Merrillville Branch
Registration: Not needed! Drop in when you can!

Soldering Circuits (Ages 16 and up)

What: Learn basic electronic soldering skills by soldering simple components such as LED lights, resistors, and switches to a circuit board to create a light-up device. Our certified IT specialist will be on hand to help! Ages 16 to Adult. Anyone under 16 may attend with a parent or other responsible adult.
When: Monday, March 20, 6 PM
Where: Munster Branch
Registration: Required. Sign up here.

Hack Your Notebook (Grades 3-5)

What: Redesign your notebook at this paper circuitry session. Light it up! Make it interactive! Your imagination is key, and the sky is the limit. Be sure to bring a notebook! All other materials provided.
When: Thursday, March 23, 4:30 PM
Where: St. John Branch
Registration: Not required, but appreciated. Sign up here.

String Art (Ages 18 and up)

What: Create a wonderful piece of art and décor during this MakerStation class. In this maker class, participants will create a string art design on a pre-cut wood board. There will be two designs to choose from, with patterns preprinted.
When: Saturday, March 25, 2 PM
Where: Griffith-Calumet Township Branch
Registration: Required. Sign up here.

What Does Making Look Like?

See some of the things we've learned and made through the MakerStation!

A bracelet made using soldering skills learned at the library

A bracelet made using skills learned in soldering class

Painting Pokemon badges to represent our teams!

Painting badges to represent our Pokemon Go affiliations

Wand making class! Used hot glue and paint

A few results from Harry Potter Wand-Making Class

Coasters made from Scrabble tiles

Coasters made from Scrabble tiles

Suncatchers made using circular weaving skills

Woven CD suncatchers

Decorative coasters made using washi tape.

Washi tape coasters