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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.