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Innovation Station

Welcome to Wilton Library’s new Innovation Station!

 The objective of the Innovation Station is to develop a creative area which is designed for patrons who wish to learn new skills, exchange ideas, collaborate and create items such as robotic devices,prototypes and even quilts.  Our Innovation Station is part of the latest and perhaps fastest growing trend in public libraries and communities (also known as Maker Spaces).  In keeping with this movement, libraries are evolving from places that not only house materials, but also into places where people can work, experiment and have access to appropriate resources and tools.  Our Innovation Station will expand the ways in which our library supports and provides lifelong learning within our community.

The Innovation Station concept is particularly applicable to Wilton Library as our library’s mission is to be a “gateway to discovery” – an avenue for patrons to discover, be informed, inspired and to connect with others.2272WLA innstationcompleted090514_0.JPG

Among the many benefits of our Innovation Station is promoting hands-on active learning, nurturing peer-to-peer training, creating and sharing resources and knowledge, thinking creatively, acquiring new skills, giving everyone the opportunity to explore new technologies and helping them to determine whether to pursue further studies or careers.  It also encourages STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning.

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, a 3D Doodler, 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.  Atomic Training videos are available to provide training to more than 300 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 iMac. 

One on One Sessions: by appointment only.  To schedule a VHS-DVD conversion, Digital Scanning, 3D printing Level 2, Sewing, Die Cutting or Soldering session, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org. PC and Mac for editing and web design also available by appointment.

Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions flyer.
Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement Form.

Initial funding for the Innovation Station was provided by the Shoff Foundation.

Innovation Station Sessions:

Embroidered Tea Towels

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 10:00 AM

Let us introduce you to our electronic sewing machine and embroider or monogram a tea towel. For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required. 

STEMming for Teens

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 3:00 PM

Try out some fun, simple STEM projects. On two Wednesdays in July (7/8 & 7/29) and two in August (8/5 & 8/12) we'll be working with LEDs, motors, soldering equipment and more. Sign up for one or all sessions.  For students entering grades 7-12. Registration required. Must have a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Monogrammed Bookmarks, Coasters & More

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 3:00 PM

Learn Tinkercad and then design your own 3D bookmark, coaster, luggage tag or coin holder.  Add your initials or a symbol to make it unique.  Afterwards, schedule a one-on-one 3D session to print your creation. For ages 13-113. Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the complete form to the workshop.  Space limited to 8 students. Registration required

Bringing Your Photos Albums into the Digital Age

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2:00 PM

Planning a family reunion or anniversary party? Gather up your old photos, slides and negatives and we'll show you how to turn them into digitized images. Then email or take those images home with you on a thumb-drive to create event mementos. For ages 13 and up, and 6th and 7th graders with adults.   Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required. 

New Life for Old Videos

Friday, Aug. 7, 10:00 AM

Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required. This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one.

New Life for Old Videos

Monday, Aug. 10, 10:00 AM

Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required. This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one.

Monogrammed Bookmarks, Coasters & More

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:00 PM

Learn Tinkercad and then design your own 3D bookmark, coaster, luggage tag or coin holder.  Add your initials or a symbol to make it unique.  Afterwards, schedule a one-on-one 3D session to print your creation. For ages 13-113. Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the complete form to the workshop.  Space limited to 8 students. Registration required

Summer Barbeque Invitations

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10:00 AM

Let us show you how to use the die cutter to create invitations which are sure to add a little extra splash to your next barbeque.  For ages 13-113. Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students.  Registration required.

STEMming for Teens

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 3:00 PM

Try out some fun, simple STEM projects. On two Wednesdays in July (7/8 & 7/29) and two in August (8/5 & 8/12) we'll be working with LEDs, motors, soldering equipment and more. Sign up for one or all sessions.  For students entering grades 7-12. Registration required. Must have a signed Innovation Station Agreement Form. Sponsored by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Embroidered Tea Towels

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10:00 AM

Let us introduce you to our electronic sewing machine and embroider or monogram a tea towel. For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required. 

Summer Barbeque Invitations

Friday, Aug. 21, 10:00 AM

Let us show you how to use the die cutter to create invitations which are sure to add a little extra splash to your next barbeque.  For ages 13-113 or 6th & 7th graders with an adult. Must have a valid CT library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students.  Registration required.

New Life for Old Videos

Monday, Aug. 24, 10:00 AM

Do you have a box of old home videos? Wish you could still watch some of those funny or touching family moments? If so, come learn how to convert them to DVDs. For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades. Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form. Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 1 student per session. Registration required. This is for home videos only and conversion time is one-to-one.

Monogrammed Baby Bibs

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 10:00 AM

Let us introduce you to our electronic sewing machine and embroider or monogram a baby's bib.  For ages 13-113 and students entering 6th & 7th grades with an adult.  Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required. 

Bringing Your Photos Albums into the Digital Age

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2:00 PM

Planning a family reunion or anniversary party? Gather up your old photos, slides and negatives and we'll show you how to turn them into digitized images. Then email or take those images home with you on a thumb-drive to create event mementos. For ages 13 and up, and 6th and 7th graders with adults.   Must have a valid CT Library card and signed Innovation Station Agreement form.  Please bring the completed form to the workshop. Space limited to 3 students per session.  Registration required. 

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