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The IDEA Lab

IDEA Lab Kanawha County Public Library

What is the IDEA Lab?

The IDEA Lab provides the community with a space that promotes Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art to support its mission of educational, recreational and cultural experiences for families and individuals. We encourage patrons to learn new skill sets and technologies in this space at their own pace independently or as part of a community of Makers.

We offer a variety of equipment and materials, including 3D printers, water and laser cutters, sewing and embroidery machines, vocal booths, 3D pens, augmented reality computers, button makers, and stop motion cameras.

The IDEA Lab is located on the first floor of the Main Library.

IDEA Lab Training

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Create a Potion with Cricut

6:00pm - 7:30pm
IDEA Lab
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Time to get spooky! We'll be crafting our very own glittery potions and labeling them with the Cricut Maker 3. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Full STEM Ahead Drop-In

12:00pm - 4:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: STEM, IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Drop in every other Friday in October & November for a self-guided coding journey using SAM Labs and Arduino! Follow pre-planned lessons or explore on your own. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Throwback Thursday: VHS to DVD

2:00pm - 6:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Save those memories! Transfer your old VHS tapes to DVD using our easy-to-use Roxio software. First come, first served. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Paint-a-Pumpkin (Sign)

6:00pm - 7:30pm
IDEA Lab
Open
Registration
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Paint and put together a perfect sign for autumn! Pieces will be pre-cut on the Glowforge. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Full STEM Ahead Drop-In

12:00pm - 4:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: STEM, IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Drop in every other Friday in October & November for a self-guided coding journey using SAM Labs and Arduino! Follow pre-planned lessons or explore on your own. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Throwback Thursday: VHS to DVD

2:00pm - 6:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Save those memories! Transfer your old VHS tapes to DVD using our easy-to-use Roxio software. First come, first served. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Full STEM Ahead Drop-In

12:00pm - 4:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: STEM, IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Drop in every other Friday in October & November for a self-guided coding journey using SAM Labs and Arduino! Follow pre-planned lessons or explore on your own. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Throwback Thursday: VHS to DVD

2:00pm - 6:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Save those memories! Transfer your old VHS tapes to DVD using our easy-to-use Roxio software. First come, first served. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Full STEM Ahead Drop-In

12:00pm - 4:00pm
IDEA Lab
Library Branch: IDEA Lab
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: STEM, IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Drop in every other Friday in October & November for a self-guided coding journey using SAM Labs and Arduino! Follow pre-planned lessons or explore on your own. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation to attend a program at any KCPL facility should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event. Phone: 304-343-4646 ext. 1242 or 1268 Email: facilities@kanawhalibrary.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Mon: 12 pm - 7:30 pm

Tue: 12 pm - 7:30 pm

Wed: 12 pm - 7:30 pm

Thu: 12 pm - 7:30 pm

Fri: 12 pm - 4:30 pm

Sat: 12 pm - 4:30 pm

 

All you need is a library card in good standing, a sign IDEA Lab agreement form, a little bit of training and a whole lot of enthusiasm!

Training is required for the 3D printers, Cricut, Glowforge laser cutter, Wazer water cutter, sewing & embroidery machines, and the vocal booths.

Online training is available through Niche Academy -- just bring in your certificate! Programs will also double as training for anyone who wants to experience hands-on learning.

3D Printer Filament
  • $0.20 per 10g
3D Pen Filament
  • $2.00 per hour of use
Sewing & Embroidery
  • $5.00 Starter Kit
  • Bring your own fabric
  • Thread provided at no charge
Glowforge
  • $5.00 Starter Kit
  • Bring your own materials
Cricut
  • Smart Vinyl: $2.00 per foot
  • Smart Iron-On: $5.00 per foot
  • Cardstock: $0.20 per piece
VCR to DVD
  • $0.20 per DVD
Button Maker
  • $0.20 per button

 

Reservations can be made here.

You must have a library card in good standing, a signed agreement form, and equipment training (when necessary).

Reservations can be made in four hour increments or on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a fifteen minute grace period for reservations; after fifteen minutes, your reservation will be canceled.

Library programs and events take priority. As such, reservations will not be allowed during those times.

We have five 3D printers available in the IDEA Lab.  

The Creality printers are very beginner friendly with a larger print bed. 

The Flashforge is also very beginner friendly and features a touch screen that shows you an image of what is being printed. It is also an enclosed printer, meaning it is great for children.  

The Flsun is a taller printer, making it great for prints such as vases or busts.  

The Mooz 2 is best for small prints, while the Mooz 3 is great because it allows you to use up to 3 colors of filament at a time – perfect for color switching or a gradient effect. 

We want children to have fun exploring new technology and learning new skills in a way that is safe for everyone. Our zSpace augmented reality computers, 3Doodler pens, animation software, coding kits and button makers are a great hands-on introduction for young learners!

Children 12 and under must have a guardian with them in the IDEA Lab at all times.

IDEA Lab Picks