Maker Studios

The Maker Studio in the East Lansing Public Library is a place for people of all ages to create, innovate, learn, and collaborate.  







Knitting and Crochet Group

Tue, 03/07/2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
East Lansing Public Library

Welcome back knitters and crocheters!! Are you working on a project and need a little help? Do you want to share the joy of yarn-craft with others? Come to the library and work with other knitters and crocheters! All ages and levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use our basic supplies.

Upcoming sessions of Knitting and Crochet Group:

  • March 7
  • March 21

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ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio Closing Permanently on August 26

The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing, will be closing permanently on August 26.  After serving more than 3,000 people since opening in October 2014, library staff are excited to continue the innovative, maker oriented services and programs offered at ELPL 2.0 at the East Lansing Public Library.  The renovated library, set to re-open on October 1,  features a 1,000+ square foot maker studio that will house all of the equipment from the downtown space, plus much more!  

ELPL 2.0's last open day will be Thursday, August 25. Patrons needing 3D printing services during the closure should submit a 3D print request.  

3D Printing and Libraries: Proper Storage of Filament

It's important to make sure 3D printing filament is stored properly to ensure it lasts a long time and doesn't cause problems with your 3D prints. This video demonstrates a quick and easy way to store filament. If you don't have the original box or bag I recommend using a 5 gallon pail with a sealed lid. Toss a few small bags of desicant into the pail and you can store multiple spools of material at once.


3D Printing and Libraries: Using the Rostock Max

Last summer we invited patrons to learn how to build a 3D printer from a kit. Now we are going to cover operating the machine.


3D Printing and Libraries: Introduction to the Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner

In addition to 3D printing the ELPL Maker Studios also offers 3D scanning. Here we take a quick look at using the Makerbot Digitizer 3D scanner.


3D Printing & Libraries: Introduction to the 3D Pen

At the ELPL Maker Studios we have three 3D printing pens and I shot a quick video demonstrating how to use it.


3D Printing & Libraries: What's in your toolbox?


After opening the Maker Studio 2.0 in East Lansing we have gathered a collection of tools. If you are adding a 3D printer to your library or school, or getting one for yourself here are some basic tools that are important to have on hand. 

Books & Bagels at 2.0 - April 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday." (Summary from

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss April's book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, April's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Books & Bagels - March 2016

ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio - Downtown East Lansing

"Meena and River have a lot in common: fathers forced to work away from home to make ends meet, grandmothers who mean the world to them, and faithful dogs. But Meena is an Indian immigrant girl living in New York City’s Chinatown, while River is a Kentucky coal miner’s son. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River's town faces devastating mountaintop removal, this unlikely pair become pen pals, sharing thoughts and, as their camaraderie deepens, discovering common ground in their disparate experiences. With honesty and humor, Meena and River bridge the miles between them, creating a friendship that inspires bravery and defeats cultural misconceptions. Narrated in two voices, each voice distinctly articulated by a separate gifted author, this chronicle of two lives powerfully conveys the great value of being and having a friend and the joys of opening our lives to others who live beneath the same sun." (Summary from

Join us at this month's Books & Bagels program to discuss March's book, Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, over bagels and enjoy a hands-on activity!

Books & Bagels is a book discussion group for 4th-6th graders.  Thank you to Panera Bread of Frandor for providing the bagels, and many thanks to a generous, anonymous donor for providing copies of Books & Bagels titles to the first 15 program participants.

Please note, March's program will be held at the ELPL Maker Studio, located in the Marriott Hotel.

East Lansing Marriott at University Place
Suite 212
East Lansing, MI  48823

The move is due to the library's renovation project.

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Graphic Novel Writing Club

Fri, 03/03/2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
East Lansing Public Library - Community Room

Come learn about the process of creating a Graphic Novel! This group will be led by a member of the MSU Graphic Novel Club. Bring your own supplies as supplies provided will be limited.

For ages 12 and up.

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Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock

Everyone should learn how to code.  That is what we are hearing from the tech industry, celebrities, President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and yes, even Ashton Kutcher.,  a non-profit launched in 2013 and dedicated to expanding access to computer science (especially for women and minorities) believes this so much that they launched Hour of Code, an initiative to get everyone to try coding for just one hour.

Whether or not you believe the hype, learning how to create and design with any coding language can be a fun, rewarding experience.  Writing code exercises the parts of your mind that control logic and problem solving.  And once you know some code, you can teach others, which strengthens your teaching skills!  There are many ways to get your feet wet and as luck would have it, most of them are pretty fun to try out.

At ELPL when we teach any beginning coding workshop we start with Scratch, an amazing online coding experience designed by the brilliant minds at MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  Scatch is free to everyone and works right in a web browser.  There is no need to download any additional software.  Scratch also uses interlocking colored "blocks" to build code, instead of typing out commands.  This not only helps to reinforce the ideas of process, order and logic, but it also allows very young children who aren't comfortable with a keyboard to get in on the fun.  With Scratch, coders can create animations, games, and musical creations.  The Scratch contains everything you need to get started and become proficient with Scratch, but we've also acquired some great books for the library's collection that showcase many neat Scratch projects.  My favorite, and the favorite of kids in the library's coding workshops, is Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock.  We have print and eBook copies and soon, we'll have additional copies at the ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio for anyone who wants to drop by and try out Scratch on one of the Maker Studio computers.

Once you have tried out Scratch and are ready for more challenges, try your hand at some of the most popular coding languages, like Python, Ruby, or JavaScript.  With a computer and an internet connection you can use the free site Codecademy which offers immersive and interactive lessons in all of those languages and more.  To support your learning ELPL has lots of great books for all ages:

And finally, coders of all ages and skill levels should try out, an online instruction portal with thousands of coding classes. features complete training courses designed and presented by experts in the field on thousands of topics, not just technology.  To access you will need an library card and PIN number from ELPL.  Here's just a small sample of some of the great courses available on


Ruby Essential Training



Up and Running With Python



Explore Adobe Creative Cloud




JavaScript Essential Training



Catching up with Machine Building class

At the East Lansing Public Library 3D printers have been utilized by our patrons for over a year. We've helped complete over 200 different projects ranging from action figures designed by young kids to engineering and art projects to helping local entrepreneurs get their start.


ELPL is proud to announce that patrons can now access!  As one of the premier providers of quality online instruction, is the place for anyone wanting to learn more about software, design, photography, and more.  The comprehensive site also provides instruction in business, marketing, game design and development.  Whether you need to learn Adobe InDesign, Logic Pro X, Garage Band, Photoshop, PHP, MySQL or photography, has thousands of courses to help you complete your learning goals.

After using your library barcode number, PIN and email address to create a free account on, you can:

  • Create Playlists of your favorite Lynda courses, either to review again later, or for future studies
  • Receive recommendations from for other courses that support your learning goals
  • Bookmark courses viewed so that you can refer back to important content quickly
  • Receive Certificates of Completion to showcase your learning progress

Get started with today!


ELPL Downtown Maker Studio to Remain Open through May 2016

The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) is excited to announce that the 2.0 Maker Studio, located in downtown East Lansing on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, will remain open for an additional 10 months, through May 2016. 

Hammer Head: The making of a carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin

Like many young professionals in their twenties, Nina MacLaughlin spent most of her days at a desk, honing her career skills at a Boston newspaper in order to climb the ladder in her profession. In the midst of her career climb, as she approached her late twenties, MacLaughlin realized that she had hit a wall. The route she walked to and from work each day began to lose its luster, and she questioned whether the  slow and steady draining of her mind into the screen before her (another daily occurence) meant anything in the end. Her daily routines, which at one time had brought comfort and a sense of purpose to her life, had gone stale. After examining this unexpected change of heart for some time, MacLaughlin did what many in her position only dream of. One morning she walked to work, crossing the bridge that she had so many times before, and promptly quite her job.  

MacLaughlin's story is one of personal and professional growth, and proves that there are times when going with your gut can truly pay off. As she takes a leap into a new profession as a carpenter's assistant, we are invited along for the little known frustrations and setbacks experienced by professional carpenters, the grit and grime of remodeling basements, the joy of working with freshly cut two by fours and mastering the art and accuracy required for finish work.  But it is the unexpected love of the job, and the satisfaction she receives from fixing, restoring, and creating lasting pieces that ultimately make this title worth a look. Highly recommended for twenty somethings, and anyone seeking to reinvent their career path.