WouldShop2The WouldShop is our creative space to make, design, and build. The possibilities are endless of what you can create. Design, build, test, create, make, and connect with others. The WouldShop is open to everyone ages 8+ including adults.

Equipment includes . . .
∙ Vinyl cutter
∙ Poster printer
∙ 3D printer
∙ Looms
∙ Sewing machines

Need inspiration for creation? Ask us.

WouldShop Hours
Always open for ages 8−18
Adults: Monday−Friday, 9 a.m.−2 p.m; Saturday, 1−4 p.m. (excluding some scheduled classes or school holidays).
Trainer help is available during the following days . . .
Thursdays, 6−8 p.m., for ages 8−18 years only
Saturdays, 1−4 p.m., for ages 8+, including adults

The WouldShop was donated by the Sadowski Family & Friends.

Note: There is no charge for equipment usage, but we have limited materials and supplies available for purchase. We encourage you to bring your own consumable materials, such as vinyl, yarn, or fabric.

What's in the WouldShop?

Addi-Express King Size Knitting Machine Addi Kingsize Express

 

  • The Addi-Express King Size is a table-mounted mechanical knitting machine. The Addi-Express knits scarves, hats, and stoals in only a few minutes
    Measurements: Circular knitting-35 centimeters, Flat Knitting-45 centimeters (Yarns from 3 to 8 centimeters are possible).
  • Manual

MP Mini Delta 3D PrinterMP Mini Delta 3D Printer  

  • Printrbot Play has a 4 x 4 x 5 inches build area, and a cover over the hot end to protect curious hands from getting burned.
  • Software: Tinkercad
  • Manual

 


 Silhouette CAMEO 3 Cameo 3

  • Silhouette Cameo 3 uses a small blade to cut more than 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, and vinyl spools up to 12 inches wide.
  • Software: Silhouette Studio software
  • Manual

Cricut Maker cricket maker

  • Cricut Maker uses blades and pens to cut and write on most materials including paper, vinyl, fabric, and leather.  
  • Software: Cricut Design Space
  • Manual

HP Designjet Poster Printer HP DeskJet

  • HP Designjet prints posters 24 inches wide with variable height.
  • Print from any program
  • See staff for assistance printing
  • Drivers

Singer Sewing Machine - Model 4423 singer sewing machine

 


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LittleBits

 


Arduino

Arduino

  • Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, or publishing something online.
  • Manual
  • Product website

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Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kit

  • LEGO Minstorm EV3 has a computer, sensors, and parts that can be engineered and programmed to do almost any task. 
  • Software: Mindstorm
  • Product website

 


Loom Loom

  • Schacht Spindle Cricket Loom can create designs up to 15 inches wide.
  • Manual

 


Button Maker button maker

  • Our button maker creates round buttons for all occasions. Make and share your designs. 

 

 


Cricut Cuddlebug Embossing Machine Cuttlebug

  • Sizzix Texture Boutique transforms ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, vellum, and other thin materials into embossed art.
  • Manual

 

 


Other Tools & Supplies

The WouldShop also contains general tools for tinkering and making, such as various cutters, a soldering kit, hammers, screw drivers, pliers, and standard art tools.

We also provide limited supplies of basic consumable materials, such as papers, glues, tapes, fabrics, vinyl, yarn, filament, etc. We do this to get you started. We cannot guarantee that we will have the quantity, size, or colors of materials that you need. If you have a specific project in mind, we encourage you to bring in your own materials to use with the equipment in the WouldShop.

In the space, there is collection of nonfiction, how-to books that can be checked out. We also have STEM Kits and Maker Kits so that you can learn and create at home.

Programs & Classes

 

STEM Kits

STEM Kits

We provide a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) kits to support hands-on learning in these areas.

STEM Kit Logo

What kits do you have?

 STEM kit topics include:

  • Circuits
  • Computer Programming
  • Gardening
  • Robotics
  • Math Concepts 
  • Telescopes

Find a complete list of available kits in the library's catalog.


Where are the kits located?

All STEM kits are located on the second floor behind the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk. Anyone with a valid IPPL card or SWAN member card can check out a kit. Only IPPL members can place a hold on a kit. All kits must be returned to our Checkout Desk on the 1st floor.


Why do you offer STEM kits?

The library supports all types of learning styles, and many people learn best by exploring topics hands-on and at their own pace. A kit enhances this type of learning and helps to nurture and build curiosity.

Maker Kits

Maker Kits

We provide a variety of Maker kits to support hands-on learning and creative growth.

STEM Kit Logo

What kits do you have?

 Maker kit topics include:

  • Music
  • Candle Making
  • Calligraphy
  • 3D Design
  • Knitting
  • Sewing Machines

Find a complete list of available kits in the library's catalog.


Where are the kits located?

All Maker kits are located in the WouldShop on the shelves. Anyone with a valid IPPL card or SWAN member card can check out a kit. Only IPPL members can place a hold on a kit. All kits must be returned to our Checkout Desk on the 1st floor.


Why do you offer Maker kits?

The library supports all types of creativity, and the tools and materials in a Maker kit allow patrons to learn hands-on about new forms of music, art, and other creative endeavors. A kit is a great first step toward a life long skill.

Q&A

Q&A

Who can use the WouldShop? 
The WouldShop is designed for kids and teens who are 8-18 years old. Parents or caregivers who are assisting a child with their WouldShop project are also welcome.

The WouldShop is reserved specifically for the use of creating. Patrons may use other areas in the library to read, relax, or do other work not related to making.

For children under 8 years old, visit our LittleShop, a makerspace especially for younger children and their caregivers.

How do I use the WoulShop?
Patrons are able to use equipment in the WouldShop with a valid Indian Prairie or SWAN library card.

To use the equipment, visit the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk. You will check out a key that will allow you to access the equipment that you wish to use. By checking out the key, you are responsible for the equipment until the key is returned. Fines may apply if the equipment is missing or damaged.

There are general supplies and activities that do not require a library card.

What are the rules?
Anyone using the WouldShop should:

  • be between the ages of 8-18
  • use equipment and materials properly and safely
  • be careful not to waste materials
  • clean up after themselves
  • be courteous to others in the space

What does the WouldShop cost?
The WouldShop is free to use. There is currently no charge for use of equipment or for the general materials, such as the fabric, yarn, vinyl, or filament provided.

Can I reserve the equipment?
All of the equipment in the WouldShop is first come first served.

When did the WouldShop open?
The WouldShop officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 20, 2018.

What are the WouldShop’s hours?
The WouldShop closes a half-hour before the library closes.

What would you make at the Wouldshop?
There is always something to do in the WouldShop. You can always use the equipment, tools, and materials as described and we introduce new themes for exploration and play seasonally throughout the year.

Here are some tips to help you with your original project ideas:

  • Come to the WouldShop with a project in mind. Visit the following websites for inspiration:
  • Watch YouTube videos or manufacturer equipment videos to familiarize yourself with the equipment.
  • Plan ahead to determine what materials you need to bring with you in order to complete your project.
  • Allow enough time for your visit. You may need several hours of dedicated time to complete your project.
  • Keep in mind the library is not responsible for failed projects. We reserve the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate Indian Prairie Public Library policies.

More questions?
The WouldShop is a self-directed learning space. We do not always have staff available to assist with equipment or supplies. If you want to learn more, sign up for a class or contact the Youth Technology Librarian, Jack Schultz, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general questions about the WouldShop, equipment, or materials, contact the Kids & Teens staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630/887-0718.