Hack LAB

Located at the library's Lakeshore Branch, the Hack LAB gives you access to 3D printing, vinyl cutting, lasering and more.  Curious about why the library is getting into hacking?

 

Putting the LAB in Collaboration

The best part of working at IPL and the ideaLAB is that we, the staff, get to learn about new technology and equipment. Even better, though, is that we get to use that equipment for great library projects! Don't forget that you can use all these tools too! We've got a great team of knowledgeable staff who are ready to help make your project ideas into reality!

Today Melissa was making a pile of stickers using the vinyl cutter. These colourful bits of happiness will be used to decorate...

Making Things to Make Other Things
Looms and Stencils

Sometimes here at the IdeaLAB we spend a lot of time making a thing which is not itself the end result. Instead, the item is just step one in the long making-a-neat-thing process.

As an example, we recently assembled a collection of tiny looms for some spool knitting, as well as a set of stencils for a DIY screen printing process. Both of these items were a lot of fun to design and make, but the real treat will be when they are used for their intended purpose.

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Solder It! - Make a Blinky Badge
Soldering a blinky badge

Create a blinky badge using a laser cutter, blinky light, and soldering iron! Cost is $2; ages 7 and up. Parental consent form will be required to participate. September Drop-In, half hour slots for two people at a time, subject to availability.

 

Celebrate Lake Simcoe!
Celebrate Lake Simcoe!

Would you like a chance to win this adorable do-it-yourself birdhouse? If you're in the Innisfil area this Saturday, come down to the Celebrate Lake Simcoe event! Enter for a chance to win this kit as well as a Cabela's gift certificate and other fun items by sharing your Lake Simcoe memories with Kathryn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Innisfil Beach Park. There'll be fun for the whole family with activities for the kids and a historical photo display for the adults!

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Story's Big Idea
Story and her pepperoni slice pendant

Story came into the ideaLAB today with one of her big ideas. Story has a great group of friends and she wanted to make something special for them. She thought of the perfect gift - 8 slices of pizza, not the delicious kind of course, but pizza slice pendants, one for each of her friends. She came to the ideaLAB to create the design and to cut the pendants in acrylic using the laser cutter. With a little help from Kathryn and Max she designed her pizza slices using Inkscape.

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Lakeshore

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 1V3

Churchill

2282 4th Line
Innisfil, ON, L0L 1K0

Cookstown

20 Church Street
Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0

Stroud

7883 Yonge Street
Innisfil, ON L9S 1K8