The Orion Township Public Library’s Maker Space 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.
Maker Space Hours and Use
The Maker Space 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 Maker Space equipment. If you would like to like to learn how to use the equipment, please schedule an individual appointment with a Maker Space coordinator.
Maker Space Equipment
ION Audio Tape 2 PC – Quickly transfers music from tapes to MP3 format. This station also includes CD burning software.
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.
2/14/2020 – Out of order until further notice. 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.
Glowforge User Tutorial (3rd party video)
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.
Brother Xl2600i Sewing Machine – Free-arm sewing machine with 25 built-in stitches.
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.
GBC Pinnacle 27 – Professionally laminate documents up to 27 inches in width. The cost is $0.25/ft.
Our button maker includes all the supplies needed to create quality pin-back buttons from print images in 1.25 in. and 2.25 in. sizes. Supplies can be purchased at the Adult Reference Desk (4 buttons for $1).
Button Maker Tutorial Video
Maker Space Programs
A variety of group Maker Space programs are scheduled every month. You may register for Maker Space events in the library calendar.
Friday, July 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Work together in your team to build and decorate a fairy house with natural materials. The completed project will be displayed in the library, then submitted to the Michigan Renaissance Festival Fairy House contest. Each team will receive two free tickets to the Michigan Renaissance Festival!
Thursday, July 30 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday with a variety of magical maker projects! Pick up your take home kit which will include several projects to work on at home.
If you are interested in learning how to use any of the equipment in the Maker Space, 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 Maker Space specialist will contact you to schedule the appointment.