Be a Maker

Anyone can be a maker with these FREE resources from the Library

Making, simply put, is the process of creating…anything, really.

The term Maker Movement, which originated in 2005, applies to artists, builders, tinkerers, DIYers, crafters, sewers, knitters, innovators, engineers, hobbyists, hackers – anyone committed to creating. Driven by both innovation and convention, the Maker Movement is the marriage of new technologies with traditional trades. While the community is defined by production, it’s also rooted in play, in the freedom to explore and in the rich reward of learning through doing.

At JCPL, we invite you to join this community of creators, by taking advantage of our FREE maker resources. So go on, make something, and always be exploring something new at the Library. 

Explore 1,000+ Creativebug art and craft video classes, opens a new window
With your library card and PIN, you can now enjoy free and unlimited access to more than 1,000 online arts and crafts classes taught by certified experts and designers. Build your own creative brand, dabble in home décor, explore art journaling, add a little finesse to your furniture or learn the basics of printmaking, calligraphy, ceramics and more! 

Attend one of our hands-on workshops and programs, opens a new window
We offer hundreds of hands-on and maker programs for all ages! Discover new arts, crafts and maker technologies with a community of like-minded makers!

Do-it-yourself with a resource from our collection, opens a new window
Home repair? Check. Knitting? Check. Robotics? Check. All-things DIY? Check. We offer more than 1,092 handicraft titles in our collection (and growing!) to help you embark on your maker journey.  Browse our online catalog, opens a new window or chat with a librarian to find the perfect how-to guide to meet your need. 

Start (...or repair) your engines!, opens a new window
Get started understanding the mechanics of our modern world with our three car and engine repair databases: ALLDATA: Car Repair & Maintenance, Auto Repair Source and Small Engine Repair Reference Center.

Make a memory new again, opens a new window
We offer four photo/video-editing stations (Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries), so you can edit your holiday family photos, scan prints or create DVDs from old home videos. Think outside of the box as you make and edit your own calendar for the new year, create a scrapbook or make a video commemorating your holiday fun.  

Code and create
Learn the basics of binary code, .html, java, python and more! Build your own robot with LEGO®  Mindstorms and 3D printers! Apply math and engineering skills to solve real-world problems! STEM skills are an important part of the Maker Movement. Explore these skills through resources and programs like our Adult Computer Classes, opens a new window, Kids Can Code , opens a new windowand more. 

No matter your interests, there are endless ways to explore what it means to be a maker at the Library. From painting to candle-making to origami to sewing, explore ever-changing opportunities like these at your library. 

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