Button-Making Creativity!

Make some time for making things; I think you’ll find it does wonders for your attitude and outlook on life. It has even more of an impact when you do it with others: friends, family, or people you don’t yet know!


As part of my job, I’m tasked with reaching out to under-served areas of our service area. Buttons are a fun way to bring attention and interest and send people home with a little something. The button maker is not available as one of our Creation Station tools–it is exclusively for library programs at this point due to the specialized materials necessary. However, catch us at an event where we have it!


As I write this blog post, I’m set up in Hornby, NY at the town hall, ready for visitors to a Pop-Up Library event–keep a lookout for when I’ll be coming by next. I also expect that someone at the Twin Tiers Mini Makerfaire will have a button-maker you can try your hand at: https://twintiers.makerfaire.com/  Definitely see if you can make it to that event Saturday, April 14th. I expect I’ll post more later about it.



What do you get when you cross a baby sheep and the Terminator: a laminator!

Well, not really. This is completely different from a sheep or the Terminator, however, at the library we might laminate a sheep image, stick on some velcro, and use it in a storytime! Or perhaps we might laminate a flyer announcing a Terminator movie night!

Creation Station visitors and makers have used the laminator to make report covers, preserve an obituary notices, and extend the life of paper cards organizations give you to keep in your wallet. It works for any weight of paper as far as I know. You may bring your own laminate or buy a from our box (8.5″ x 11″ and 4″ x 6″ sheets available).


Start your project by emailing us at diglit[at]stls.org or by calling (607) 936 3713.


DIY Space

Sure, it’s not a lot of space right now, but there’s a lot of potential packed into this handful of tables.

20170419_110322 Creation StationWe have buttons, fabric scraps, sharpies, and other things that you may utilize on your school project or on your momentary break from the rat race.

How? Say hi to our Reference Desk staff and let them know you’d like to work on your own project at the library. 20180112_110059If you’re just stopping in, then they’ll do their best to accommodate, but if you really want to utilize the space then contact one of our makerspace staff for an orientation (currently Erica, Kayla, Linda, or I: Hannah), see http://www.ssclibrary.org/about/departments/ for individual contact information.

Note: if you need to use anything beyond green dot tools, we need to be with you that first time and have you agree in writing that you know how and intend to be careful and mind your safety.

More coming at http://www.ssclibrary.org/creation-station-makerspace/

Reverse Engineer in 3D, Part 1

One of our esteemed volunteers set us up with a great challenge to test our Makerbot Digitizer (3D scanner). Sometimes we have good enough results from the scanner to print a duplicate, but we’re still looking for people who’d like to spend some time researching the ins and outs of getting the best scan. 20180109_171146We tried a washable paint on this cabinet guide and that technique added a lot of definition to the scan. Anyway, we ended up importing our scan result into @TinkerCAD and modeling to match the original part. If you can’t tell the real one from the 3D printed one, then come in or call in and ask about 3D printing, or spend a moment exploring how it works @Makerbot https://www.makerbot.com/learn/.

I’ll follow up here when we find out whether the part fit!

Fancy a Recording?

20170601_094918-e1515432726495.jpgBegin your podcast, music, public speaking, sound-mixing journey at the library! Any adventure that involves you at a microphone with Garage Band or other free sound-mixing recording software at the library.

To get started, ask library staff to hook you up with your introduction to the tools. We want to set you loose to explore and learn about recording, but we’re also glad to walk you through more detailed instruction in one-on-one sessions or recorded lessons available online. 20170601_095219.jpg


New Year, New Signage


Improvement is continuous, and milestones are often satisfying. This lovely vinyl “Creation Station” sign was on hand when I started my current position in 2016,  but it was not ready to be hung.  It needed grommets or some way to keep it aloft. In time for the New Year, we acquired a grommet tool and Erica and I raised the sign high; may it guide you to continue projects that were set on the back burner, so to speak. Be they simply left unfinished or be they awaiting specific circumstances, perhaps those circumstances have aligned. Maybe you can reach a milestone of your own, or at least enjoy the continuous improvement.