Makerspace

The Orion Township Public Library’s Makerspace offers space for library patrons to work on creative projects. We offer a variety of tools, equipment, and programs to encourage a hybrid of digital literacy and creativity.

Makerspace Hours and Use

The Makerspace is open daily and closes 30 minutes before the library closes. Equipment availability may vary.

During regular hours, librarians are unable to personally assist with use of makerspace equipment. If you would like to like to learn how to use the equipment, please schedule an individual appointment with a makerspace coordinator.

Makerspace Equipment

Audio Conversion

ION Audio Tape 2 PC – Quickly transfers music from tapes to MP3 format. This station also includes CD burning software.

Cricut

Cricut Explore Air – Cricut Explore machines cut a hundred different materials – everything from the most popular craft materials like cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to specialty materials like glittery paper, polished foils, and bonded fabric.

Laser Cutter

Glowforge Basic – Glowforge uses a beam of light the width of a human hair to cut, engrave, and shape designs from a variety of materials like wood, leather, acrylic, and more. *Patrons must be 18 or older and complete a brief training session prior to using the Glowforge.

Photo Conversion

Epson Perfection V800 Photo Scanner – Get the precise color and detail you need to digitally archive all your originals – with the Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner. 6400 dpi resolution, a 4.0 Dmax and an innovative dual-lens scanning system ensure extraordinary results whether scanning slides, negatives, medium- or large-format film. Includes Adobe Photoshop for editing photos.

Sewing Machine

Brother Xl2600i Sewing Machine – Free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches.

Video Conversion

Toshiba DVD/VHS Recorder (DVR620) – With the Toshiba DVD/VHS recorder, you can easily convert all your VHS tapes onto DVD with the touch of a button. Includes chapter and labeling function to organize and label footage. Blank DVD’s are available for purchase at the circulation desk.

Elgato Video Capture – Digitize video from a VCR, camcorder, and other analogue video sources. Includes an easy to use walk-through guide.

Laminator

GBC Pinnacle 27 – Professionally laminate documents up to 27 inches in width. The cost is $0.25/ft.

Makerspace Programs

A variety of group makerspace programs are scheduled every month. You may register for makerspace events in the library calendar.

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Makerspace Open House

Tuesday, May 28 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Makerspace

  • Teens
  • Adults

Come check out demonstrations of the new equipment available in our Makerspace!  With funds from the Best Buy Community Grant, the library now offers a photo digitization station, VHS/DVD converter, video editing software, photo editing, a Glowforge laser cutter, and much more!  All equipment is available for public use.

Makerspace - Paper Quilling

Saturday, June 29 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Makerspace

  • Adults
  • Teens

Try your hand at the paper quilling trend!  Create a work of art by curling colorful paper strips into a unique picture or design.

Makerspace - Introduction to Glowforge

Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Makerspace

  • Adults
  • Teens

Learn to use the Glowforge laser cutter with an introductory wood cutting project.  *Registration is required.

Makerspace - Fold and Sew Wallets

Saturday, August 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Makerspace

  • Adults
  • Teens

Using a guided tutorial with our online resource Creative Bug, design, fold, and sew a chic personalized wallet. 

Equipment Training

If you are interested in learning how to use any of the equipment in the makerspace, please fill out the form below to schedule an appointment. Requests must be completed at least 24 hours in advance to ensure staff availability. A makerspace specialist will contact you to schedule the appointment.

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