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, January 17-February 21, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 28-May 3, 2-3 pm



Makerspace Locations

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

 


3D Printing


3D printers are 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: 9-12

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

Erin Meadows Library
Monday, March 18, 7-8 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 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
Tuesday, March 20, 7-7:30 pm

Central Library
Second Floor, Green Space West
Monday, January 14, 7-7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, March 11, 7-7:30 pm
Thursday, April 11, 7-7:30 pm

Courtneypark Library
Monday, February 25, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, March 11, 2-2:30 pm
Monday, April 15, 7-7:30 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Thursday, January 17, 3:30-4 pm
Saturday, February 2, 3:30-4 pm
Monday, March 4, 7-7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27, 10:30-11 am

Malton Library
Call to book an appointment

Meadowvale Library
Call to book an appointment

South Common Library
Thursday, January 17, 6-6:30 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2:30-3 pm
Saturday, March 16, April 6, 2:30-3 pm
Thursday, April 18, 2:30-3 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!





Cross-Stitching
Design and create your own cross-stitching art. All materials provided. Ages 9-15.

Mississauga Valley Library
Wednesday, January 16-February 20 4:30-5:30 pm


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

Erin Meadows Library
Saturday, March 2, 2-4 pm
Friday, March 15, 2:30-4:30 pm

Lakeview Library
Saturday, March 30, 2-4 pm

Mississauga Valley Library
Tuesday, February 5, 6-8 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

Burnhamthorpe Library
Available in the Makerspace.

Courtneypark Library
Available in the Makerspace.

Meadowvale Library
Available in the Makerspace.
 


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!
All Ages. Registration may be required.

Clarkson Library
Thursdays, January 17-Febrary 21, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday, March 28-April 25, 6:30-8 pm

Courtneypark Library
Held in the Courtneypark Makerspace.
Wednesday, March 20, 27, 6-8 pm
Crochet. Ages 13-19.

Lorne Park Library
Wednesday, January 16, February 20, 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 20, April 17, 7 pm


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+


Lakeview Library
Thursdays, January 3-Febrary 28, 6-8 pm
Thursday, March 28-April 25, 6-8 pm

Port Credit Library
Thursday, March 7, April 11, 1-3 pm
Ages: 18+

South Common Library
Mondays, 7-8:30 pm
Monday, March 4-April 29, 7-8:30 pm

Streetsville Library
Saturday, January 12, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, February 9, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, March 9, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, April 6, 11 am-12 pm


Cross Stitching
Design and create your own cross-stitching art. All materials provided. Ages 9-12.

Mississauga Valley Library
Wednesdays, January 16-February 20, 4:30-5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 6-April 24, 4:30-5:30 pm


Fusion Beads
Use colourful plastic beads to create works of art!
Registration may be required.
Ages 9-12.

Lakeview Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2-3 pm

Lorne Park Library
Friday, March 15, 2-3 pm

South Common Library
Tuesday, March 12, 3-4 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.

LEGOTM Mindstorms Robotics
Build a robot using Lego 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.

LEGOTM Mindstorms Robotics (R)
Have fun learning to control and program a robot. Participants must register for one day only. Ages 9-12. 90 min.

Erin Meadows Library
Monday, March 11, 2:30-4 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2:30-4 pm



 

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!




Minecraft
Join other Minecraft fans at the library and create a world together.
Registration may be required.
Ages: 9-12

Churchill Meadows Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 11 am-12 pm
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 11-12 pm
March 11-15, 11-12 pm

Meadowvale Library
Saturday, January 19, 10-11 am


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: 4-8

Woodlands Library
Friday, March 15, 11-12 pm


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.


Make Do
Join us at the library for construction fun! Make Do is used to build structures with no glue or connectors. Ages 9-12.

Frank McKechnie Library
Thursday, March 14, 2-3 pm


Circuitry
Learn the basics of electricity by building easy circuits using Little Bits and Snap Circuits.
Ages: 8-12

Sheridan Library
Tuesday, January 15, 22, 6-7 pm
Ages: 6+


Snap Circuits
Learn the basics of how electricity and circuits work with the easy to use Snap
Circuits. Registration required. Ages 9-12.

Woodlands Library
Wednesday, March 13, 11-12 pm


Squishy Circuits
Learn the basics of electrical circuits, through a blend of play and learning! Squishy circuits teach problem solving and engineering concepts. Ages 4-8.

Frank McKechnie Library
Friday, March 15, 2-3 pm



 

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, January 19-February 23, 9:30-10:30 am
Monday, January 21, 2-3 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2-3 pm
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 9:30-10:30 am
Friday, April 12, 2 pm

Burnhamthorpe Library
Thursdays, January 17-February 14, 6-7 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 14, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 28-May 2, 6-7 pm

Churchill Meadows Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 11 am-12 pm
March 11-15, 10-11 am
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 11-12 am

Clarkson Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 10-11 am
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 10-11 am
Friday, March 15, 10-11 am

Cooksville Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 2-3 pm
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 2-3 pm
Saturday, March 16, 2-3 pm

Courtneypark Library
Thursdays, January 17-February 21, 6:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 pm
Friday, March 15, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 28-May 2, 6:30-7:30 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 10-11 am
Saturday, March 2-April 27, 10-11 am

Frank McKechnie Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 1:30-2:30 pm
Saturday, April 6, 13, 20, 1:30-2:30 pm

Lakeview Library
Saturdays, January 19-February 23, 2-3 pm
Friday, March 15, 2-3 pm
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 2-3 pm

Lorne Park Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2-3 pm

Malton Library
Saturdays, January 3-February 23, 3-4 pm
Saturday, March 23-May 4, 3-4 pm

Meadowvale Library
Saturdays, January 12-March 2, 10-11 am
Saturday, March 16, 10-11 am
Saturday, March 30-May 4, 10-11 am

Mississauga Valley Library
Saturdays, January 19, 26, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturdays, February 16, 23, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturday, March 23, 30, 10:30-11:30 am
Saturday, April 20, 27, 10:30-11:30 am

Port Credit Library
Saturday, March 16, 10-11 am

Sheridan Library
Thursdays, January 17-February 21, 6-6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 26-April 30, 6-6:30 pm

South Common Library
Monday, January 21, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 14, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 28-May 2, 5:30-6 pm

Streetsville Library
Tuesdays, January 15-February 19, 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 26-April 30, 6:30-7:30 pm

Woodlands Library
Tuesday, March 12, 2-3 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 Filmmaking
Learn how to make a movie using our green screen and photography equipment. Registration required.
Ages 9-12.

South Common Library
Saturday, February 23, 2-4 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2:30-4 pm


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.

Streetsville Library
Saturday, March 16, 2-4 pm


Stop Motion Animation
Create your own Stop Motion Animation movie using LEGOTM characters and Lapse-It Pro on a tablet.
Registration may be required.
None currently scheduled.


 

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.
 

     
Dash Photo credit  Code-a-pillar Photo credit  Sphero photo credit

 

Junior Coding (R)
Create a robot with Cubelets. Ages 6-8. 60 min.

Erin Meadows Library
Wednesday, March 13, 10:30-11:30 am


Tween Coding Club
Learn to code through different activities. Coding programs can include hour of code, Scratch, robots, games and much more. Ages 9-12. 60 min.

Churchill Meadows Library
Tuesday, March 12, 2-3 pm

Cooksville Library
Wednesday, March 14, 10-11 am
Wednesday, March 14, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 15, 10-11 am
Thursday, March 15, 2-3 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2:30-3:30 pm

Malton Library
Wednesday, January 23, February 6, 20 6-7 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 10-11 am
Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-4:30 pm
Wednesday, April 3, 17, 6:30-7:30 pm

Meadowvale Library (Registered)
Wednesday, January 16, 30, February 13, 5:30-6:30 pm
Monday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 am
Thursday, April 4, 18, May 2, 5:30-6:30 pm

Sheridan Library
Wednesday, March 29-April 30, 6-7 pm

South Common Library
Saturdays, February 16, February 23; 2:30-4 pm
Monday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 pm


Teen Coding
Learn to code using Python. Ages 13-19.

Malton Library
Thursday, March 14, 3:30-5:30
 

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.





Tween STEAM Club
Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math! Get inspired, become a critical thinker, create and discover new things! Ages 9-12. 60 min.

Malton Library
Thursday, March 21, April 18, 6:30-7:30 pm

Port Credit Library
Saturday, April 6, 2:30-3:30 pm


Junior Maker Club
Try out a variety of Maker Mississauga equipment through our Maker Club! Registration may be required.
Ages: 4-8

Burnhamthorpe Library
Saturday, March 30-April 27, 2-3 pm

Clarkson Library
Tuesday, March 12, 2-3 pm
Tuesday, March 26-April 30, 4-5 pm


Junior Maker Club
Ages 5-12.

Clarkson Library
Tuesday, January 15-February 19 4-5 pm

Meadowvale Library
Saturday, January 12-March 2 10-11 am


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

Burnhamthorpe Library
Saturday, January 19-February 16 2-3 pm
Saturday, March 30-April 27, 2-3 pm

Courtneypark Library
Saturday, March 9, 16, April 6, 13, 2-3:30 pm

Meadowvale Library
Saturday, March 30, 10-11 am

Streetsville Library
Friday, March 29-April 26, 3:30-4:30 pm


Teen Maker Club
Try out a variety of Maker Mississauga equipment through our Maker Club! Registration may be required.
Ages: 13-19

Courtneypark Library
Saturday, January 19, 26, February 16, 23 2-4 pm
Tuesday, March 12, 6-8 pm


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, January 17-February 21, 2-3 pm
Thursday, March 28-May 3, 2-3 pm 

 

 

 

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