Maker Week — May 14–21, 2022

Maker Week, May 14–21 (words scribbled in black with colored boxes)

Get Ready to Make!


 

Make-Along Videos

Welcome to Maker Week!

Video at 10 am on Saturday, May 14

What's going on this week? Ashley takes you through what to expect for Maker Week, including our Challenges and Craft for Charity. Plus, how to name the new creative space coming later this year!

  Watch Welcome Video on YouTube

Tiny Art Show

Video at 10 am on Sunday, May 15

Pick up a mini canvas kit, create art, and send us a photo to display as part of our digital Tiny Art Show! For adults and teens. While supplies last.

Need inspiration? Check out The Big Book Of Tiny Art by Karen Libecap on Hoopla.

  Watch Tiny Art Video on YouTube

Hand-Sew a Scrunchie

Video at 7 pm on Monday, May 16

Learn hand-sewing basics while Ashley makes a scrunchie. If you'd like a scrunchie kit, pick one up in Adult & Teen Services. Kits available while supplies last.

Scrunchies Instructions (PDF)

  Watch Scrunchie Video on YouTube

Creativebug & Craftsy

Video at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 17

Our favorite free online video classes from creative professionals with Creativebug and Craftsy on Hoopla. We'll highlight a few of our favorites to get you started, including knitting and crochet classes for the Knit-a-Square charity project.

  Watch Creativebug & Craftsy Video on YouTube

Digital Media Lab & Tech2Go

Video at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 18

Let's tour the Digital Media Lab and the Tech2Go collection! From sewing machines to digitizing film reels, you'll be amazed at what you can do at New Lenox Library.

  Set reminder for DML Premiere on YouTube

What's in the Makerspace?

Video at 7 pm on Thursday, May 19

Ron explains it all: Ozobots, LittleBits and more awesome kids' makerspace tools for you downstairs in Youth Services.

  Set reminder for Makerspace Premiere on YouTube

PVC Marshmallow Shooter

Video at 7 pm on Friday, May 20

Maker Week goes out with a (squishy) bang! Join Dan as he teaches you how to make a marshmallow shooter with PVC pipes.

  Set reminder for Marshmallow Shooter Premiere on YouTube


Challenges

#NLPLMakerWeek Challenge

Saturday, May 14 to Saturday, May 21
Online

Win a Black + Decker Drill and Home Tool Kit! Take pictures, videos, or write responses to 5 of our suggestions and submit them to the “Bingo!” form below.

Post them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag us with #NLPLMakerWeek for a special drawing! For adults and teens. Limit 3 entries per person per drawing. Social media posts must be public in order for us to see them.

Download the Maker Week Challenge PDF (708 KB)

Enter the Drawing!

Black and Decker Drill and Home Tool Kit

Kids Cardboard Challenge

Saturday, May 14 to Saturday, May 21
Online

Mini Sphero Robot Kit

Learn different ways to bend, cut, and build with cardboard. Watch our Welcome to Maker Week! video and come to the Library starting May 14 to see examples of these techniques, or visit our Pinterest board below! Show at least two cardboard techniques on your project to be entered to win a Mini Sphero Robot Kit.

Post them on social media and tag us with #NLPLMakerWeek for a special drawing! Kids 8 and up with caregiver. Limit one entry per child per drawing. Take a picture or make a video and share it with us by Saturday, May 21 for a chance to win a Mini Sphero robot!

Cardboard Challenge Techniques on Pinterest

Enter the Cardboard Challenge!


Take & Makes

Simple Sunprints Kits

Starting Saturday, May 14 while supplies last at the Adult & Teen Services Desk

Come get a kit to create a beautiful cyanotype photograph—also known as a sunprint! Feel free to use anything in your grab bag or go out and find inspiration in nature. Just add a little sunshine—no camera required. Directions available in the kit and on Sunprints.comFor adults and teens. While supplies last.

Slow-Fashion Scrunchie Kits

Starting Saturday, May 14 while supplies last at the Adult & Teen Services Desk

Video at 7 pm on Monday, May 16

Learn how to hand-sew by making a scrunchie, no sewing machine needed! Learn to knot your thread, sew running stitch, backstitch, and whip stitch, and use elastic. Kits include fabric and elastic for two book-themed scrunchies, pattern and instructions, needle, seam ripper, and thread in a pencil case. A how-to video will be posted on Monday, May 16 at 7 pm. For kids, adults, and teens, where hand-sewing skills are appropriate. You will need scissors (an iron can be optional), so caretaker help is suggested where needed. While supplies last.

Scrunchies Instructions (PDF)

  Watch Scrunchie Video on YouTube

Tiny Art Show

Starting Saturday, May 14 while supplies last at the Adult & Teen Services Desk

Video at 10 am on Sunday, May 15

Pick up a mini canvas kit, create art, and send us a photo to display as part of our digital Tiny Art Show! For adults and teens. While supplies last.

Need inspiration? Check out The Big Book Of Tiny Art by Karen Libecap on Hoopla.

  Watch Video on YouTube


Name That Space!

The Digital Media Lab is expanding into a full makerspace, with a work room, a digital creation room, and an audio recording booth.

Other libraries name their spaces, like The Forge, The Collaboratory, Studio 300, or Makerplace. What should we name the new Lab?

Send in your ideas here!
Creative Lab Architect Rendering

Craft for Charity with Knit-A-Square

Donations accepted May 14–31
Box in Lobby, Tickets with Patron Services at Checkout Desk

Learn the basics of fiber arts and do some good in the process! Knit-a-Square turns your simple squares into blankets that are donated to orphaned and vulnerable children. The Library will be collecting finished knitted, crocheted, and loomed squares to donate throughout the rest of May.

Each square that you donate will earn you a drawing entry towards a variety of gorgeous knitting-themed baskets, with yarn and knitting notions. (Thank you to the donator making this possible.) Entries will be pulled on June 3.

Knit-A-Square Instructions

Knit-A-Square Pattern Library

Keep On Makin’ On

  • Fiber Arts Club meets at the Library on Thursdays twice a month
  • New Life for Old Bags meets once a month on a Monday
  • Craft & Go for kids on Mondays in May
  • Cosplay & Costume Club for teens meets monthly
    (Adults, let us know if you're interested in something like this!)
  • Crafting with the Cameo meets monthly
  • TinkerCAD Challenge is monthly for all ages
  • We have maker programs all year! Budding chefs, scientists, crafters and makers can find our more on the Event Calendar.

Icons in Maker Week title design: Code, Gem Designs | Hammer, Gemma Evans | Needle and Thread, gayatri | Knitting, Becris


Nation of Makers logo

Celebrating National Week of Making, May 16–22, 2022