Get creative in our Make-It Lab

If you have ever wanted to try out some pricey digital creation software, play with some audio recording equipment, or figure out how a 3D printer works (without actually buying one), we’ve got you covered. You can do all of that at the library in our Make-It Lab!

You can do quite a bit in the Make-It Lab. We have two Apple iMac workstations jam-packed with digital creation software, including the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premiere, etc), Apple’s GarageBand and iMovie, and Google Sketchup for 3D print designs. We also have equipment like microphones, a digital audio interface, a video camera, a digital drawing tablet, a scanner, and audio cassette and VHS converters (full equipment list here).

How does the Make-It Lab work? Pretty simple:

  • Audio recording: If you want to record something – your guitar, your voice or some electronic music (we even have a small keyboard to help with that), use the Make-It Lab.
  • Digital designs: If you want to focus on graphic design or digital art, you can use the Make-It Lab or the Mac outside the room.
  • 3D printing and designing: Both Macs have Google Sketchup so you can create a 3D design and print it on our 3D printer (directions here). You can also bring in a 3D design you’ve worked on at home to print in the library.

That just scratches the surface of what you can do in our Make-It Lab. Come visit and let’s see what you can do!

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David Lee King

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends.