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?
See what the Meadowvale Library Makerspace has to offer.
Join us at Courtneypark Library and Burnhamthorpe Library in May for their Makerspace Grand Openings.


Hardware List Software List


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






  

Burnhamthorpe Library

Maker Mississauga: Makerspace Open House
Drop-in for a quick tour of all the equipment and technology on offer inside our new Makerspace.
Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2:00-3:00 pm

Maker Mississauga: Slide, Negative, and VHS Conversion for Older Adults
Come learn about the new equipment available to book in our Makerspace that lets you digitize old slides, film negatives, and VHS cassettes into digital format.
Thursday, June 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Ages: 55+

 
Meadowvale Library

Maker Rooms

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+

None currently scheduled

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.
Ages: 12+ (under 12 with adult)


Central Library
Second Floor, Green Space West
Monday, July 16, 7-7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 1, 7-7:30 pm

Courtneypark Library
Monday, July 16, 7-7:30 pm
Monday, August 20, 7-7:30 pm

Meadowvale Library
Monday, July 9, 6-6:45 pm
Monday, August 6, 6-6:45 pm

South Common Library
Saturday, July 14, 2-2:45pm
Saturday, August 11, 2-2:45pm


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!

Sewing Machines are available at the following branches:

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

Cooksville Library
July 26 & 27, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 10-14
Participants must register for and attend both sessions.

Courtneypark Library
Thursday, July 26, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 13-17

Mississauga Valley Library
Tuesday, July 24, 11-1 pm & 2-4 pm
Ages: 12-19

Streetsville Library
Wednesday, July 18, 2-3 pm
Ages: 12+


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, July-August, 1-4:45 pm


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, March 29-August 30, 6:30-8 pm
Ages: 8+

Meadowvale Library
Saturdays, July 14, August 11, 2:30-4 pm
Ages: 12+ (under 12 with adult)


Sewing Programs
Watch for updates!


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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+

Erin Meadows Library
Wednesdays, July 4-25, 10:30-11:30 am

Lakeview Library
Thursdays, July-August, 6-8 pm

Port Credit Library
Friday, July 20, 2-4pm
Thursday, August 9, 1-3 pm
Ages: 18+

South Common Library
Mondays, 6-8 pm


Cross Stitching
Drop in and practice with cross stitching, supplies provided.
Call to register.
Ages: 12+

Mississauga Valley Library
Friday, July 27, 2-4 pm


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

Cooksville Library
Thursday, July 5, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 6+

Courtneypark Library
Monday, July 23, 2-3 pm
Ages: 6+

Frank McKechnie Library
Tuesday, July 10, 2-3 pm

Streetsville Library
Friday, July 13, 2-3 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 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.

Cooksville Library
August 15, 16 & 17, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 10-14



 

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+

Erin Meadows Library
Tuesday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 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: 5+

Erin Meadows Library
Monday, July 30, 10:30-11:30 am
Tuesday, July 31, 10:30-11:30 am

Mississauga Valley Library
Tuesday, July 3, 2-3 pm


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

Malton Library
Thursday, July 12, 11-12 pm
Tuesday, July 17, 2:30-3:30 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.

Meadowvale Library
Thursday, August 2, 2-3 pm
Ages: 8+

Sheridan Library
Wednesday, July 4, 2-2:45 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

Burnhamthorpe Library
Mondays, July 9-30, 2-3 pm

Central Library
Children, Youth & Popular Collections, Lower Level
Saturdays, March 31-May 19, 9:30 am-10:30 am
Saturdays, July 7-August 11, 9:30-10:30 am

Churchill Meadows Library
Tuesdays, July 3-July 31, 6:30-7:30 pm

Clarkson Library
Fridays, July 6-August 24, 10-11 am

Courtneypark Library
Friday, July 6-August 10, 2-3 pm

Erin Meadows Library
Thursday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 am
Friday, July 6, 2:30-3:30 pm

Lakeview Library
Saturdays, July 7-August 25, 2:30-4pm
Exception dates: July 14

Lorne Park Library
Wednesdays, July 4-August 29, 2-3pm

Malton Library
Mondays, July 9-August 27, 11-12 pm
Saturdays, July 7-August 25, 2-3 pm
Exception dates: July 28, 30, August 6

Port Credit Library
Saturdays, August 4-25, 2-3 pm


LEGOTM for Older Adults

Sheridan Library
Thursdays, July 5-26, 6-6:30 pm

South Common Library
Saturdays, July 7-August 25, 3-3:30 pm

Streetsville Library
Tuesday, July 3-August 7, 6:30-7:30 pm

Woodlands Library
Thursdays, July 5-August 23, 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 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.

South Common Library
Thursday, July 26, 2-3 pm
Ages: 8+

Streetsville Library
Haunted Canada Green Screen Photo Booth
Thursday, July 5, 10-1 pm
All Ages

Cooksville Library
July 19-20, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 10-14

Meadowvale Library
Wednesdays, July 25-August 1, 2-3 pm
Ages: 10+


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

Cooksville Library
August 8–10, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 10-14

Lakeview Library
July 14, 2:30-4 pm
Ages: 8+

Malton Library
July 6, 24, 27, 2:30-4 pm
Ages: 10-14

Meadowvale Library
July 19, 2-4 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.

Cooksville Library
Coding with Dash Robots
Thursday, July 12, 2-3 pm
Ages: 7+

Coding with Sphero Robots
Friday, July 13, 2-3 pm
Ages: 7+

Courtneypark Library
Junior Coding with Code-a-Pillar
Monday, July 9, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 4-7

Coding with Sphero and Cubelets
Monday, July 16, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 8-12

Erin Meadows Library
Junior Coding with Code-a-Pillar
Tuesday, July 3, 2:30-3:30 pm
Ages: 4-7

Coding with Cubelets
Tuesday, July 17, 2:30-3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 18, 2-3 pm
Ages: 7+

Coding with Dash Robots
Thursday, July 19, 10:30-11:30 am
Friday, July 20, 10:30-11:30 am
Ages: 8+

Coding with Scratch
Wednesday, July 25, 2-3 pm
Ages: 8-12

Lorne Park Library
Coding with Sphero Robots
Wednesday, July 4 & August 8, 6:30-7:30 pm
Ages: 9-12

Malton Library
Coding with Dash Robots
Monday, July 30, 11-12 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2:30-4 pm
Ages: 8-12

Meadowvale Library
Coding with Wink Robots
July 4, 2-4 pm
Ages: 13+

Mississauga Valley Library
Robot Turtles Board Game
Robot Turtles introduces basic coding concepts to pre-schoolers through a simple board game.
Tuesday, August 7, 2-3:30 pm
Ages: 4+

Sheridan Library
Coding Club
Develop coding skills each week through interactive and easy to use coding games online!
Tuesdays, July 3-24, 6-7 pm
Ages: 8-14

South Common Library
Junior Coding
Thursday, July 5, 12, 2-2:45 pm
Ages: 4-7


Python Coding
Learn how to code using Python.
Please note: Participants are required to attend all grouped sessions.
Call to register.

Malton Library
August 8, 9, 10, 4 – 6 pm
Ages: 12+


Python Coding
Learn how to code using Python, in partnership with Project Include.
Please note: Participants are required to attend all grouped sessions.
Call to register.
Ages: 7-12

Burnhamthorpe Library
July 26 & 27, 2-5 pm

Cooksville Library
August 1, 2 & 3, 2-4 pm

Malton Library
July 12 & 13, 2-5 pm
August 8, 9, 10, 2-4 pm

South Common Library
July 19 & 20, 2-5 pm
 

 

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.





Burnhamthorpe Library
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, August 2, 9, 2-3 pm
Ages: 6-12

Churchill Meadows
Monday, July 9-July 30, 2:30-3:30 pm
Ages: 7+

Clarkson Library
Tuesdays, July 3-August 21, 2-3 pm
July 3: Cubelets (Ages: 6-12)
July 10: Catapults (All Ages)
July 17: Minecraft (Ages: 6-12)
July 24: KEVA (All Ages)
July 31: Structures (All Ages)
August 7: Sewing (Ages: 10+)
August 14: Circuits (Ages: 6-12)
August 21: Dash Robots (All Ages)

Woodlands Library
Fridays, July 6-August 3, 11-12 pm
July 6: Keva Contraptions (Ages: 4+)
July 13: Robot Turtles (Ages: 4+)
July 20: Snap Circuits (Ages: 8+)
July 27: Hand Sewing (Ages: 6+)
August 3: Fusion Beads (Ages: 8+)



 

 

 

 

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