Maker Experiences

What is a makerspace? It's a learning environment for people to connect with others and create meaningful projects, using technologies and other tools that might not be easily accessible. Here are three types of maker experiences currently offered at your Library. 

Idea Box in Main Library (for teens and adults)

Idea BoxIdea Box is located in Main Library. It has 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters, sewing machines, knitting machines and a variety of tablet devices like the Nexus, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and iPads.  Equipment includes: MakerBot Replicator, LulzBot Mini, Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter, Roland Vinyl Cutter and 3 desktop computers. Learn more about Idea Box hours and programs. 

Studio i (for families and teens)

Studio iThis space is located on the second floor in the Loft at ImaginOn. Express yourself in Studio i through animated and live action videos, music or other tools including graphic design, drawing, and even robotics. Studio i has the tools needed to create content whether it’s for a school project or an engaging hobby.  Work with software like GarageBand, iMovie, ICanAnimate and apps from the Library’s digital devices. Some projects that can be created include:

  • Weather reports or music videos using our blue screen technology.
  • Fashion shows wearing donated costumes from Children's Theatre of Charlotte.
  • Animated movies using clay, paper cut-outs, or illustrations.
  • Podcasts and songs recorded in the sound booth.

Learn more about Studio i or call 704-416-4660.

Satellite Studios (for all ages)

Satellite Studios at West BoulevardHave you ever wanted to learn how to use technology to create digital media?  Get hands-on with creative experiences in our Satellite Studios! These mini-makerspace experiences give people of all ages the opportunity to explore new technologies, create video and audio content, and more.

Express yourself through animated and live action videos, music, or a combination of the three. The Satellite Studios have the tools you need for each step in the production process, including shooting, editing, and sound mixing. Bring a flash drive to save your completed project or share it online. Studio visitors will gain visual literacy and storytelling skills by working with such hardware and software as GarageBand, iMovie, Stop Motion Pro, fully-loaded iPads and MacBooks, and DSLR cameras.

Some projects that can be created include:

  • Movies, music videos, or weather reports using our green screen technology
  • Stop motion animation movies using clay, paper cut-outs, or illustrations
  • Podcasts and songs recorded in a portable sound booth

Studios will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Satellite Studio Locations and Hours 

Matthews Library 
Every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. [Last Day is 12/16]
704-416-5000

Mountain Island Library 
Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. [Last Day is 12/16]
704-416-5600

North County Regional Library
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. [Last Day is 12/12]
704-416-6000

Stay tuned for hours and locations for 2018. 

The Satellite Studios are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.