Welcome to the Thomas T. Adams, Esq., Innovation Station!
The Thomas T. Adams, Esq., Innovation Station is designed for patrons (7th grade – adult) to learn new skills, exchange ideas, collaborate and create items such as robotic devices, prototypes and even quilts.
What tools and equipment are available?
MakerBot 3-D printer, an iMac with Final Cut Pro, a PC with Adobe Creative Cloud, a digital scanner, a VHS to DVD converter, a Cricut Die Cutter, soldering stations, 3D Doodlers, an electronic sewing machine, as well as a sewing kit, hot glue gun, markers, duct tape, pinking shears, pliers, screwdrivers and more. We also have snap and squishy circuits, and Arduino and Raspberry Pi components to work with. Lynda.com videos are available to provide training on hundreds of PC and Mac software applications. If you’re interested in Manga and comic illustration, Manga Studio 5 software is installed on both the PC and Mac.
How do I get started?
Sign up to take one of our introductory sessions (see listings below). If you can’t attend one of those, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with some possible dates and times and we’ll try to accommodate you. Please make sure you have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Interested 6th graders can also get involved with an accompanying parent.
Once you’ve successfully completed an introductory session, we’ll certify you to use the equipment and you can reserve time for your own projects:
You can reserve one day to one month ahead for a one – two hour block. You’ll receive a confirmation email once your request has been approved. If you need to cancel your reservation, please reply to the confirmation email to let us know.
Is there a charge?
All training sessions are free, however we do charge a nominal fee for materials purchased (e.g.; DVD-R, aprons, napkins, jewelry trays, tumblers, etc.). After you’re certified, you can bring your own materials to work with or purchase supplies from us.
As of January 2018, there is usage fee for both the Janome embroidery machine and Cricut die cutter. This fee will help us to cover subscription and maintenance costs, thread, needles, stablizer, cutting mats, blades, etc. You can pay as you go ($5 for a two-hour time slot) or purchase a $40 pass for 10 two-hour sessions.
Innovation Station Volunteers
Do you like making things? Working with people? Learning how to use new tools and technology? Sharing your knowledge? If yes, the Innovation Station, Wilton Library’s Maker Space, wants you!
Initial funding for the Innovation Station was provided by the Shoff Foundation.