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Updated: August 19, 2014

Happy little girl showing us the colorful paint on the palms of her handsSeptember is Maker’s Month!
Time for DIY, Crafting and Creating

The Maker’s Movement, a term coined to describe the millions of people who are turning toward creating self-made products, is opening up a new world of opportunities and possibilities for anyone looking for a true hands-on experience. DIY can mean everything from building your own kitchen cabinets to crafting a 3D printed robot to sewing a quilt. Makers thrive in fields ranging from food to crafts to technology, inventing and innovating as they go along.
During September, Broward County Library will celebrate the crafters, the creators, the innovators and the inventors with free, fun events for the whole family!
Maker’s Month Events @ Broward County Libraries
For Children and Tweens

For Teens

  • Proud teen sitting on a stool surrounded by all her hand-made creationsSeptember 9 - Make It and Take It! Macrame bracelet or duct tape wallet, 6th grade and up, 4 to 5 p.m., North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
  • September 8 - Teen Makers: Build with Snap Circuits, middle/high school Students. Pre-register beginning 8/25, 6 to 7 p.m., Pembroke Pines Library
  • September 20 - Pop-up Book Workshop for Families, pre-registration required: 954-357-8692 or 954-357-8243, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Library
  • September 20 - Construct This! Create a structure using LEGOS, straws and other materials, all ages, children, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., North Regional/ Broward College Library
  • September 24 - Sewing for Teens: Make Pillow Case/Throw Pillow Cover. All materials, machines supplied; bring own 12" pillow, 3 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library

For Adults

On Display/Exhibit: “Bored? Make Something!” Book Display, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center; Stainless Steel Spiders Exhibit, Southwest Regional Library
The Creation Station at Broward County’s Main Library

Inspired young guy at an iMac preparing to create something cool in the Creation Station at Main Library Get hands-on at the Creation Station, a makerspace and gadget lab at Main Library that represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County.
The Main Library Creation Station makerspace is a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items. It features cutting-edge technology including 3D printers, allowing anyone to become a creator, innovator, designer or engineer.
Find these state-of-the-art free services at the Creation Station:

  • 3D printers and 3D design software
  • Snap Circuits electronics and LEGO robotics
  • Gadget Bar with a variety of the latest tablets
  • Leap Motion: Control a computer with a wave of your hand
  • iMac Computers with design software including Photoshop (image editing/compositing), Illustrator (vector graphics illustration), InDesign (page design/layout/publishing) and Premiere (video production/editing)

Currently, the Creation Station is open for “Sneak Peek” Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.