Maker Mississauga


Maker Mississauga, part of the Mississauga Library System, brings new opportunities for learning to children, teens, and adults. Making means sharing ideas, exploring new technologies, developing new skills – and having fun in the process.

Build your STEAM skills -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Discover – Learn – Create.

If you have questions about any Maker Mississauga programs, services, or equipment, please email us at maker@mississauga.ca.

 

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

 

 

Makerspace


Did you know you can use our equipment for your own projects? You can book a Makerspace with your library card.
There are Makerspaces available at these Mississauga libraries: Meadowvale, Courtneypark and Burnhamthorpe. Come try them out!



Hardware List Software List


Learn how to use our computer and iMac software using Lynda.com







Makerspace Club
Join us in our Makerspace to try out our equipment or bring your own handicraft project to work on, meet other stitchers, get advice or give advice! All levels of experience are welcome.

Meadowvale Library
Thursdays, September 27-November 15, 2-3 pm



Maker Rooms

Burnhamthorpe Library
Green Screen Worktable iMac Computer
 
Courtneypark Library
Workspace Worktable Recording Studio
 
Meadowvale Library
Green Screen 3D Printer 3D Printer Computers

 


3D Printing


3D printers are now available at these Mississauga libraries: Burnhamthorpe, Courtneypark, Central, Erin Meadows, Malton, Meadowvale, and South Common. Come try them out!

Maybe you’ve heard of 3D printing and wondered what it’s all about.
Maybe you know how 3D printing works and you want to try it for yourself.
Or maybe you’re wondering, how on earth can something print in 3D??
Whatever your interest, come to our libraries to learn more, and try it for yourself.
You can watch the 3D printer in action, you can print from sample designs, or you can submit your own design for printing.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The printer is available anytime the library is open.
  • The cost for a print is a $1.00 set-up fee plus $0.05 per minute.
  • A small sample print may take about 45 minutes and cost between $2.00 and $4.00.
  • Printing is limited to four hours per person.
  • Appointments for printing are made on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • To print your own design you must attend a 30 minute 3D printer introduction, it is free, see dates and locations below.
  • The print colour is changed weekly. To print in a certain colour, make your print on the week that colour is featured.
  • All designs must be approved by library staff.
  • Accepted file types are .thing, .stl, and .obj.


More questions? Ask us!

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3D Design with TinkerCAD
Learn how to create a 3D object using Tinkercad. Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, models, jewelry and much more.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 8+

Erin Meadows Library
Wednesday, September 12, 7-8 pm

Streetsville Library
3D Design an Ornament with TinkerCAD
Saturday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm

Learn 3D design with the TinkerCAD tutorials: https://www.tinkercad.com/learn/
Lynda.com has Tinkercad online video tutorials: https://www.lynda.com/search?q=tinkercad



3D Modelling for Adults
Learn the basics of designing models that can be 3D printed. Call to register. Ages: 18+

Central Library
Second Floor
Friday, November 16, 6:30-8 pm



3D Printer Introduction
Learn about 3D printing and the process for printing your own designs on the Mississauga Library’s 3D printers. This introduction is required to submit designs for printing at the library.
Registration may be required.
All Ages (under 12 with adult).

Burnhamthorpe Library
Saturday, September 22, 10-11 am
Saturday, November 17, 10-11 am

Central Library
Second Floor, Green Space West
Thursday, September 13, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, October 15, 7-7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 7, 7-7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 11, 7-7:30 pm

Courtneypark Library
Monday, September 17, 7-7:30
Monday, October 15, 7-7:30
Monday, November 19, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, December 17, 7-7:30 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Monday, September 10, 7-7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 28, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, December 3, 7-7:30 pm

Malton Library
Thursday, September 13, 7-8 pm
Thursday, October 11, 7-8 pm

Meadowvale Library
Call to book an appointment

South Common Library
Saturday, September 22, 2-2:45 pm
Saturday, October 13, 2-2:45 pm
Saturday, November 17, 2-2:45 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2-2:45 pm



Handicraft

 

The Library has always been a place to explore crafts and DIY projects. Now join us for our expanded handicraft programs, including knitting, needlework and -- of course -- sewing by hand or with our sewing machines. Watch for programs for children, teens, and adults!


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Sewing Machine Introduction
Learn the basics of working with a sewing machine! No experience necessary.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 12+

Courtneypark Library
Wednesday, October 3, 6-8 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Saturday, October 13, 2:30-4:30 pm

Streetsville Library
Saturday, November 17, 2-4 pm


Sew On Your Own
The sewing machine is available for working on your own projects. Basic help for the machine is on call. Call to book a sewing machine.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 12+ (under 12 with adult)

Woodlands Library
Saturdays, 1-4:45 pm




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Stitch & Sew
An informal knit, crochet and other needlework session for all ages and levels of experience. Bring your own project to work on; get advice or give advice. Enjoy the company of like-minded crafters!
Registration may be required.

Clarkson Library
Thursdays, September 6-December 20, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 8+

South Common Library
Tween Handicrafts
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 6:30-8 pm
Wednesday, November 21, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 9-12



Knitting Circle
Drop in with your knitting projects for a friendly, informal knitting circle. Open to all skill levels. Bring your own supplies.
Ages: 8+

Cooksville Library
Saturday, September 15, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, October 13, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm

Lakeview Library
Thursdays, 6-8 pm

Lorne Park Library
Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 21, 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 19, 7-8:30 pm

Port Credit Library
Thursday, September 13, 1-3 pm
Thursday, October 11, 1-3 pm
Thursday, November 8, 1-3 pm
Thursday, December 13, 1-3 pm
Ages: 18+

South Common Library
Mondays, 6-8 pm

Streetsville Library
Saturdays, September 22, 11-12pm
Saturdays, October 20, 11-12pm
Saturday, November 3, 11-12pm
Saturday, December 1, 11-12pm


Cross Stitching
Drop in and practice with cross stitching, supplies provided. Call to register.
Ages: 9+

Mississauga Valley Library
Friday, July 27, 2-4 pm
Wednesdays, September 5-December 19, 4-5 pm


Bad Art Night for Adults
Relive your childhood by making low talent, high creativity masterworks of art. Call Central, 3rd FL to register.
Ages: 18+

Central Library
Glass Pavilion
Friday, December 7, 6:30-8 pm


Fusion Beads
Use colourful plastic beads to create works of art!
Registration may be required.
Ages: 8+

South Common Library
Tuesday, November 20, 6-6:45 pm
 

Robotics
 


Robotics is a true 21st century craft. It’s creative and collaborative, it exercises problem-solving abilities, and it’s based on STEM learning. Working with robotics builds a huge range of skills, including coding. Many experts feel coding is the key literacy for our time. Robotics is all that – and fun, too!

Maker Mississauga robotics uses LEGOTM Mindstorm Ev3 kits. Join us to build these robots and make them run.



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LEGOTM Mindstorms Robotics
Build a robot using LEGOTM Mindstorms EV3 and bring it to life with coding.
Teams will build, race, and wrestle robots and explore coding, robotics, and engineering concepts in the process.
Participants must register for and attend all sessions in a series.


 

Building


What is Maker Mississauga building?

We’re constructing electrical projects that light up, ring bells, turn fans, and power all kinds of moving parts.
We’re creating dough creatures with eyes that light up.
We’re reinventing old games and building crazy new DIY versions.
We’re busting up broken toys to create strange new ones, and raiding the recycling bin for spare parts.
And we’re re-imagining everything that can be done with the original maker kit: LEGOTM.
At the Library’s building programs, you’ll find many fun opportunities for builders to come together, make friends, and share ideas.


All Libraries

Minecraft
Minecraft is now available on all public computers in all Mississauga libraries!

 

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Minecraft
Join other Minecraft fans at the library and create a world together.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 7+

Churchill Meadows Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 11 am-12 pm


Building with KEVA Contraptions
Join us at the library for construction fun!
KEVA planks are used to build structures with no glue or connectors. Builders can explore a myriad of engineering techniques. Everyone can build at their own skill level.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 5+

None currently scheduled.


Makey-Makey
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the games and music.
Registration may be required.

None currently scheduled.


Snap Circuits
Learn the basics of how electricity and circuits work with the easy to use Snap Circuits.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 8-12

Streetsville Library
Saturday, November 10, 2-3 pm
Ages: 6+ 






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LEGOTM Clubs
Drop in and build with LEGOTM. Playing with LEGOTM encourages STEM learning including physical and mechanical skills. Encourages play with other children, promoting team work, problem solving, cooperation and social skills.
Ages: 5-12

Central Library
Children, Youth & Popular Collections, Lower Level
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 9:30-10:30 am
Tuesday, September 25, 2-3 pm
Friday, October 5, 2-3 pm
Friday, November 16, 2-3 pm

Churchill Meadows Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 11 am-12 pm

Clarkson Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 10-11 am

Cooksville Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 3, 2-3 pm

Courtneypark Library
Thursdays, September 27-November 15, 6:30-7:30 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Saturdays, September 8-December 8, 10-11 am

Frank McKechnie Library
Saturdays, October 6-November 17, 1:30-2:30 pm

Lakeview Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 2-3 pm

Malton Library
Saturdays, September 29-December 29, 3-4 pm
(No program on December 15)

Meadowvale Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 10-11 am

Mississauga Valley Library
Saturdays, September 22, 29, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturdays, October 20, 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturdays, November 17, 24, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturdays, December 22, 10:30-11:30 am

Sheridan Library
Thursdays, September 25-November 15, 6-6:30 pm

South Common Library
Thursdays, September 27-November 15, 6-6:30 pm

Streetsville Library
Tuesdays, September 25-November 13, 6:30-7:30 pm


LEGOTM Club for Adults
Lego building for adults! Call to register.
Ages: 18+

Central Library
Second Floor
Friday, November 9, 6:30-8 pm
 



Digital Filmmaking


Technology meets art in Maker Mississauga’s digital filmmaking programs.

Create snappy stop-motion animation movies. Use a green screen to add fantasy backgrounds and transport your characters to faraway locations. Explore a world of possibilities with digital photography and videos. We supply the equipment, you supply the creativity and imagination, and we all share what we learn. There are so many ways to tell a story, while you learn new skills and make new friends.





Green Screen Photography
Take a photo in front of our green screen then insert any background of your choice. Bring a USB so you can take your edited photo home.
Registration may be required.


Churchill Meadows Library
Photography Basics
Learn the basics of taking beautiful photos on your camera or device.
Saturday, September 29, 2:30-3:30 pm
Ages: 18+

Junior Ballroom Photoshoot
Dress your little one in their festive apparel and join us for a celebration and photoshoot.
Saturday, December 8, 10 am-12 pm
Ages: Birth-4

Holiday Photoshoot
Saturday, December 8, 2-4 pm
All Ages

Mississauga Valley Library
Saturday, October 13, 10 am-12 pm
Saturday, October 20, 10 am-12 pm
All Ages

Sheridan Library
Saturdays, October 13-October 20, 2-4 pm
Ages: 8-12

Streetsville Library
Halloween Green Screen Photography
Saturday, October 27, 2-4 pm
All Ages


Stop Motion Animation

Create your own Stop Motion Animation movie using LEGOTM characters and Lapse-It Pro on a tablet.
Registration may be required.

Streetsville Library
Saturday, October 13, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 8+

 

Coding


Are you coding literate? Coding may just be the most important skill of the digital age. At Maker Mississauga coding programs, children, teens, and adults can explore fun introductions to coding concepts, learn the basics of building a website, and collaborate on new ways to express themselves online.
 

     
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Coding
Learn to code through different activities. Coding programs can include hour of code, Scratch, robots, games and much more.
Registration may be required.

Central Library
Second Floor
Coding with Robots for Adults
Robot playtime for adults! Learn coding basics with an assortment of friendly robots. Call Central, 3rd FL to register.
Friday, November 23, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 18+

Coding with Wink Robots for Adults
More robot playtime for adults! Learn beginner C programming the fun way with cute Wink robots. Call Central, 3rd FL to register.
Friday, November 30, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 18+

Churchill Meadows Library
Coding with Dash Robots
Saturday, September 22, 11 am-12 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Coding with Dash Robots
Saturday, December 1, 2:30-3:30 pm
Ages: 8+

Meadowvale Library
Junior Coding Club
Wednesday, September 26, 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesdays, October 10, 24, 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-6:30 pm
Ages: 7-12

Sheridan Library
Coding with Dash Robots
Tuesdays, October 30-November 20, 6-7:30 pm
Ages: 8+

South Common Library
Coding with Robots for Adults
Bring various robots to life with coding. Participants will get hands on experience using various robots including Dash, Sphero, and Wink.
Tuesdays, October 16, 23, 6-7:30 pm
Ages: 18+


 

Maker Clubs


What is a Maker Club?
Join us for different programs each week to try out different Maker equipment, robots, coding, building, sewing, handicrafts, digital film making and much more! Please call for more details.





Maker Fest!
Drop-in and try out a variety of Maker Mississauga equipment during our Maker Fest!

Frank McKechnie Library
Saturday, October 27, 11 am-3 pm


Hands-On Science
Join us at Central Library, 2nd Floor to celebrate Science Literacy Week with hands-on activities for all ages. Presented by Maker Mississauga. In partnership with Let’s Talk Science (UTM).

Central Library
Second Floor
Saturday, September 22, 1-4 pm


Teen Maker Day
Drop in and sample maker technology.
Ages: 14-19

Churchill Meadows Library
Wednesday, September 26, 2:30-4:30 pm


Junior Maker Club
Try out a variety of Maker Mississauga equipment through our Maker Club! Registration may be required.
Ages: 5+

Burnhamthorpe Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 16, 2-2:45 pm

Clarkson Library
Tuesdays, September 25-November 13, 4-5 pm

Meadowvale Library
Saturdays, September 29-November 17, 10-11 am
(no program October 27)


Tween Maker Club
Try out a variety of Maker Mississauga equipment through our Maker Club! Registration may be required.
Ages: 9-12

Cooksville Library
Thursday, September 27, 4:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, October 25, 4:30-5:30 pm
Thursday, November 22, 4:30-5:30 pm

Courtneypark Library
Saturday, November 3, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2-3:30 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm

Port Credit Library
Tuesday, September 25, 4-5 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 4-5 pm
Tuesday, November 27, 4-5 pm

Streetsville Library
Fridays, September 28-November 16, 3:30-4:30 pm


Adult Maker Club
Join us for different programs to try out different Maker equipment, robots, coding, building, sewing, handicrafts, digital film making and much more!
Ages: 18+

Central Library
Second Floor
Fridays, November 9-December 7, 6:30-8 pm
November 9, LEGOTM Club
November 16, 3D Modelling
November 23, Coding with Robots
November 30, Coding with Wink Robots
December 7, Bad Art Night


Makerspace Club
Join us in our Makerspace to try out our equipment or bring your own handicraft project to work on, meet other stitchers, get advice or give advice! All levels of experience are welcome.

Meadowvale Library
Thursdays, September 27-November 15, 2-3 pm

 

 

 

 

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