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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:

Introduction to 3D Printing

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 10:00 AM

Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object! 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 12 students per session. Registration required.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 4:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Thursday, Apr. 30, 2:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos, slides and negatives and then convert them into digital pictures. 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. 

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Sunday, May. 3, 2:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos, slides and negatives and then convert them into digital pictures. 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. 

VHS-DVD Conversion

Monday, May. 4, 10:00 AM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Monday, May. 4, 6:00 PM

Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object! 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 12 students per session. Registration required.

VHS-DVD Conversion

Tuesday, May. 5, 10:00 AM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required.

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Wednesday, May. 6, 10:00 AM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics.  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. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 6, 4:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Introduction to Die Cutting

Friday, May. 8, 10:00 AM

Interested in learning how to use the Cricut Explore, an electronic cutting machine and software for cards, scrapbooks and more? 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.  Registration required.

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Sunday, May. 10, 2:00 PM

Have you already taken our Intro to 3D Printing class and looking for more? Let us introduce you to Tinkercad, an easy-to-use tool for creating your own digital designs with our 3D printer. For ages 13 and up, and 6th and 7th graders with adults.  Must have already attended the Intro to 3D Printing, have a valid CT library card and signedInnovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Monday, May. 11, 10:00 AM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics.  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. 

Introduction to Soldering

Monday, May. 11, 4:00 PM

Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we'll create a blinking pin for you to wear. 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 5 students per session.  Registration required.  

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Wednesday, May. 13, 2:00 PM

Have you already taken our Intro to 3D Printing class and looking for more? Let us introduce you to Tinkercad, an easy-to-use tool for creating your own digital designs with our 3D printer. For ages 13 and up, and 6th and 7th graders with adults.  Must have already attended the Intro to 3D Printing, have a valid CT library card and signedInnovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 13, 4:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Introduction to Digital Scanning

Thursday, May. 14, 2:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Digital Scanner.  Learn how to scan photos, slides and negatives and then convert them into digital pictures. 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. 

VHS-DVD Conversion

Friday, May. 15, 10:00 AM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Sunday, May. 17, 2:00 PM

Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object! 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 12 students per session. Registration required.

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Tuesday, May. 19, 10:00 AM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics.  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. 

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Wednesday, May. 20, 4:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Thursday, May. 21, 6:30 PM

Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object! 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 12 students per session. Registration required.

Introduction to 3D Printing

Saturday, May. 23, 2:00 PM

Interested in learning the basics of how to use our new 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2X? If so, join us for a one-hour group demonstration. Afterwards, you can sign up for an individual session and make your own 3D object! 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 12 students per session. Registration required.

Introduction to Tinkercad 3D Design

Saturday, May. 23, 3:30 PM

Have you already taken our Intro to 3D Printing class and looking for more? Let us introduce you to Tinkercad, an easy-to-use tool for creating your own digital designs with our 3D printer. For ages 13 and up, and 6th and 7th graders with adults.  Must have already attended the Intro to 3D Printing, have a valid CT library card and signedInnovation Station Agreement form on file. Limited space. Registration required.

Introduction to Soldering

Sunday, May. 24, 2:00 PM

Interested in learning the basics of soldering? If so, join us for a one-hour session where we'll create a blinking pin for you to wear. 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 5 students per session.  Registration required.  

VHS-DVD Conversion

Tuesday, May. 26, 10:00 AM

Looking for a way to convert your old home videos from VHS to DVD? If so, we're happy to teach you. Please be aware that conversion time is one-to-one.  A two hour tape requires two hours to convert.  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. Registration required.

Introduction to Die Cutting

Thursday, May. 28, 4:00 PM

Interested in learning how to use the Cricut Explore, an electronic cutting machine and software for cards, scrapbooks and more? 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.  Registration required.

Innovation Day

Saturday, May. 30, 11:00 AM

Wilton Library’s Innovation Day will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math) or the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement.  People will be able to see demonstrations, presentations, workshops, and exhibitions. No registration required; no fee.

Wilton Library Young Makers Club

Saturday, May. 30, 4:00 PM

Teens in grades 7-11, join Wilton Library’s Young Makers program, part of the national Young Makers Club, which was started in 2010 as a collaboration between Make, Pixar, and Exploratorium. Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people who help one another bring ideas to life. The Maker movement is all about innovation, invention, imagination and creativity. Maker clubs are growing all over the country and the world in spaces brimming with enthusiasm, passion, encouragement and collaboration.

Be part of our community and work with mentors in our Innovation Station to design and create an open-ended project culminating in the opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event at the end of May. Participants will be introduced to 3D printing, soldering, Arduino, coding, electronic sewing and other tinkering tools with the goal of creating their own self-directed projects. Projects might include electronic wearables, interactive games, furniture, electronic gadgets, motorized design, light-up jewelry, musical instruments, etc.

We encourage any teen from 7th-11th grade who is interested in tinkering, learning and creating to join us. Register for the first session on January 28th to sign up.

Introduction to Electronic Sewing

Sunday, May. 31, 2:00 PM

Discover Innovation Station's Singer Futura XL-400 Sewing Machine!  Learn how designs can be printed on fabric, bags and more.  Afterward, you may sign up for an individual session to review the machine basics.  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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