Each month our library hosts a Maker Lab where people can make things. This lab is a temporary Maker Space where children in 1st grade up through adults are free to make, build, invent, experiment, copy, advance, embellish, modify and create. All supplies and materials are provided: some activities are make and take (ie. slime) while other activities are build and leave the materials for the next builder to reinvent (ie. Legos). There is no charge to participate.
Maker Lab is a come and go as you wish learning opportunity. Come learn at STEAM stations where you can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The Maker Lab is open once a month on Thursday evenings from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday mornings from 10 to Noon. Check the library calendar for the dates each month.
The stations vary each month, but some of the favorites are the marble machine, slime, Legos, Arckits, Snap Circuits, and rock painting. Our children’s and teen librarian is always looking for new ideas and new materials to keep this popular lab exciting for makers.
Many stations require 100% direct adult supervision for children under 12, so parents are expected to stay and work with younger children (1st grade to 11 years old). There are a few stations just for 12 years old and over. The Maker Lab is not designed for very young children, so if siblings under 1st grade are present, they will be expected to play in a “sibling area” that does not require as much direct supervision.
For more information about Maker Lab, call the library’s Children’s and Teen Librarian, Susan, at 817-645-0934.