Service Announcement

  • KCPL's Main Library in Downtown Charleston reopens to the public on May 9th! Please visit and check out our new Idea Lab, Tool Library, Café, and enlarged Children's floor. See you on May 9th!

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.

IDEA Lab Training

Upcoming Events

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

DIY Quilled Bookmarks

All Day 5/23 - 5/27
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Family, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Drop in this week to make your own quilled bookmark. We'll provide the tools and materials, you just provide the creativity! ...

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 "Family" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

IDEA Lab Meet & Greet

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Family, Seniors
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Join us for an IDEA Lab Meet & Greet! Experience our 3D printers and other equipment in action and learn how you can reserve one for yourself.  ...

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.

Glowforge 101: Leather Bookmarks

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: Unlimited
Event Details:
Learn how to make your own laser cut bookmark with our Glowforge 101 class! You can become familiar with the Glowforge software and take home your own personalized leather bookmark. ...

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 "Family" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Full STEM Ahead 101: Coding with SAM Labs

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Family, Seniors
Program Type: STEM, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Join us for a Full STEM Ahead 101 class where we use SAM Studio and SAM Labs blocks to journey into the world of coding! This is a beginner class for people with no coding experience. For more information about SAM Labs, check out this YouTube video....

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.

Teen: DIY Cryptid Plushies

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Library
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Come learn how to make your very own Mothman stuffed animal in the IDEA Lab. Registration required. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen: Laser Cut Dice Towers

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Library
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Come join us in the IDEA Lab and make dice towers using the Glowforge. Registration required. ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

Swag-A-Bag with Cricut

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Design your own tote bag using Cricut Design Space and our Cricut Maker 3! Choose from a variety of colors and learn how to reserve the Cricut for future use. ...

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.

Wazer 101: Galaxy Moon Art

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Library
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, IDEA Lab
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Create some outta this world art during our Wazer 101 class, where we will be making galaxy moon art! We will show you the process of using our Wazer water cutter and finish up by personalizing your own crescent moon to take home with you. ...

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 "Tweens: 10-12 Years" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Seniors" group.

IDEA Lab Meet & Greet

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: IDEA Lab
Age Group: Tweens: 10-12 Years, Teens, Adults, Family, Seniors
Program Type: IDEA Lab
Event Details:
Join us for an IDEA Lab Meet & Greet! Experience our 3D printers and other equipment in action and learn how you can reserve one for yourself.  ...

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 - 8 pm

Tue: 12 pm - 8 pm

Wed: 12 pm - 8 pm

Thu: 12 pm - 8 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
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.

Young adults 13 and older can use the IDEA Lab independently once their guardian has signed an agreement form. Children 12 and under must have a guardian with them in the IDEA Lab at all times.

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, animation software, coding kits and button makers are a great hands-on introduction for young learners!

But we ask that for equipment with sharp or hot parts, such as the 3D printers & pens, Cricut, Glowforge and Wazer, an adult be the lead learner while their child observes.

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