The Al and Fran Olson Children’s Makerspace inspires and celebrates children as designers and makers, providing everything kids need to play, tinker, explore, learn, create and share. Through a mixture of tech and non-tech materials, children can try out design challenges, take a deep dive into the intricacies of programming, create 3D printed objects and make music.
Design and print your own 3D creations using a Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer.
Building and Design
All the Lego, K’nex, and Tinker Toys you need to build your latest invention, along with supplementary materials to make it shine. Come by to try out our latest design challenges, and find big community builds during special events.
Creative Computers and iPads
- 5 Creative iPads preloaded with apps that promote creative uses as well as STEAM learning and exploration.
- An iMac with creative software*
*Complete iMac software list coming soon!
A green screen with an iPad ready for you and your friends to dress up and visit new locations!
Children's Beat Lab
Aspiring musicians, composers, group or solo artists can make music at our DIY DJ booth, then move to the creative iMac and record your compositions.
Robotics & Electronics
Coding and Robots and Circuits, oh my! All sorts of robots and electronics are available for use in the Children’s Makerspace.
Design and create your own 2D vinyl graphics with our Cricut Make vinyl cutter!
This user-friendly cutting tool can be used to cut your designs from a variety of materials such as vinyl, paper and fabric. Make cards, papercraft, small fabric patterns or customized vinyl decals.
Children's Makerspace - FAQs
The Children’s Makerspace has materials and activities that will appeal primarily to children ages six to 12, though younger and older kids (and kids at heart) are also welcome!
It depends! If you use only the consumable material such as cardboard, brass fasteners and other things clearly marked, then you can take your creation home.
If you’re using our robots, Lego or other reusable materials, then you can either put it on display or take a picture and, if you want, let us feature it on our digital display.
Find more information about tour options and how to book a tour on our library tours page. Fill out the form, and a librarian will be in touch to schedule your tour.
There's also plenty for your group to do if you just stop by, though, so feel welcome to come at any time.