Create, Discover, Play
What is it?
Mead Public Library‘s makerspace, the Imaginarium, offers equipment that allows library visitors to 3D print, sew, digitize their VHS tapes, edit and digitize photos, make jewelry, and much more.
Available equipment includes: Apple iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite software, Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, Canon CanoScan flatbed scanner for photos and documents, digital video converter (VHS to DVD), GoPro action camera, Wacom Cintiq creative pen and touch display, Ultimaker 2 3D printer, Silhouette Cameo precision cutting machine, sewing machine, Arduino and Lilypad electronic prototyping kits, plus art, jewelry, papercrafting and other craft supplies.
How does it work?
The Imaginarium is located in the northeast corner of the second floor. Equipment in the area may be used on a self-service basis whenever the library is open although children under age 14 must be with an adult and photo ID is required. At most times, personal instruction will not be available, however help from instructional books and videos will be offered. At certain scheduled times each month, there will be a staff member or volunteer to help users get started, and programs will also offer instruction in making with some equipment.
Some equipment requires users to first pass a proficiency test to receive a badge. Badge holders ages 14+ can use equipment without supervision.
Click here to request a badging appointment.
DIGITAL MEDIA LAB
Visit our sound-proof lab offering equipment for producing music, podcasts, videos and more. The lab is located in the third-floor Maas Teen Learning Center and is open to teens. Adults can access the lab during designated times starting in fall. Call 920-459-3400, ext. 3440 for more details.
Ongoing Imaginarium Programs
Check our events calendar for specific dates, times and details.
Adult Tech - Introductory lessons for busy adults on a variety of tech activities
Curiosity Labs - Hands-on science program for ages 8-adult, presented by Millipore Sigma
Featuring... - Program featuring local makers and making activities, for teens and adults
Make It @ Mead - Craft class for all ages
Sewing Made Simple - Class that covers basic sewing skills, for teens and adults
Sunday Crafternoon - Craft time for adults
Teen Craft - Drop-in craft program for teens
Teen Tech - Drop-in STEM program for teens
Tinker Time - Open studio time for all ages
Equipment in the Makerspace was funded by the Kohler Foundation, the Friends of Mead Public Library, and the Mead Public Library Foundation. The Digital Media Lab is part of the Makerspace, and that equipment was funded by the Green Bay Packers Community Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (via a Library Services and Technology Act grant), and the Mead Public Library Foundation.
Makerspace Policy and Guidelines
The Makerspace extends the commitments of our Vision, to Enrich, Educate, Connect, Create, and Inspire, into the world of making by providing open access to a wide variety of equipment and tools and by offering classes and programs for guided exploration. The Makerspace will fulfill the following purposes:
To facilitate the exploration of new technology, which will help participants gain practical skills and experience with that technology.
To encourage participants to utilize their creative and “maker” skills as they create new things.
To encourage collaboration, the sharing of skills/knowledge, and social connections among participants.
Mead Public Library’s Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Guidelines (Internet) apply to the Makerspace. A signed Makerspace Acknowledgment of Risk and Release form is required of all users and visitors to the Makerspace. Exception is given to individuals or groups on staff-led tours of the space or in library-led programs.
Equipment and tools in the Makerspace are available at no charge to all community members with a valid photo ID, generally on a first come, first served basis during hours when programs are not scheduled in the space. Independent use of tools and equipment during classes or programs is prohibited without prior authorization by staff.
Use of the Makerspace equipment and tools are free and users are welcome to bring in staff-approved consumable materials for use with the equipment and tools, except the 3D printers. During library programs, Mead Public Library may provide consumable materials free of charge, as available. Please consult with staff about the availability of consumable material before planning a project.
Users (or if minors, their parents/guardians) are responsible for any fees incurred for loss or damage to Mead Public Library property, not associated with normal wear and tear, that is the result of inappropriate or unauthorized use of tools, equipment, or consumable materials, or for clean-up of the tools, equipment or the space. Mead Public Library is not responsible for any damage to, or loss or theft of, users’ personal property including electronic files left on Mead Public Library computers.
At its discretion, staff reserves the right to disallow the use of any tools, equipment, or consumable materials, or to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate any library policy. Projects must be approved by staff prior to use of 3D printers to ensure that proper file format, size and materials are being used. Approval to use the Makerspace does not constitute endorsement by Mead Public Library of the uses to which the space is put or the products produced therein.
General Conditions of Use
Participants may use Makerspace supplies and equipment in the following ways:
As part of a program or workshop
These workshops will involve all participants working on the same project or activity and will generally not require advanced technological skills or potentially dangerous processes/materials. Therefore, these participants will not need to have a signed Release on file.
During a “drop-in” lab time
The Library will strive to hold at least two “drop-in” times each month, during which times library staff will be available to assist users with the materials and equipment.
On their own
The Makerspace will be available for independent use during all hours the library is open and when no other program is scheduled. However, library staff members will not be available to assist during these times. Therefore, this option is best for participants that are comfortable with using the Makerspace equipment and supplies independently.
Guidelines for Use
All users and visitors must agree to and sign the Acknowledgment of Risk and Release form before entering the space. Exception is given to individuals or groups on staff-led tours of the space or in library-led programs.
Minors (under 18) must have a parent/ adult guardian agree to and sign the Acknowledgment of Risk and Release form before entering the space.
All users must have a valid photo ID and must check in with a staff member when entering the space to work.
Users under the age of 14 must be supervised by parent, adult guardian (18 or older), or teacher at all times.
Parent, adult guardian, or teacher supervision and involvement are encouraged for all minors over the age of 14.
Safety gear is required for use of some tools and equipment. All safety gear must be worn as appropriate. Mead Public Library provides access to safety gear while in the space.
Unsafe behavior is not permitted. Users are encouraged to report any unsafe behavior observed in the space to a staff member.
Covered, non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the space. Food is prohibited unless otherwise approved by staff.
Tool and Material Donation Guidelines
Mead Public Library accepts new or gently used donations of the following items by appointment:
Tools in clean and good working condition
Consumable material that is relevant to programs being offered in the space
Donations are greatly appreciated. Staff reserves the right to decline donations as well as remove those that no longer support makerspace activities.