The HML Makerspace

When the first libraries began to pop up, books were rare and pricey commodities. HML is proud to carry on this tradition of providing access to hard-to-get resources by expanding our offerings to include a Makerspace.

The HML Makerspace adds new technology to our services, programs, and collections to inspire our community to create, master new tools, and gain a level of expertise that is important in an increasingly technological world.

Interested in collaborating on a maker-centric program or in donating tools or supplies to our growing lending library? Email us!

Make It @ Your Library

HML offers a number of tools, tech gear, and services that you can use in-house, from laptops to a 3D printer.

Most Makerspace resources require a valid library card to use. Users who don’t want full library privileges can request an online card.

Kindles
Patrons can check out a Kindle to use for up to 2 hours while at the library. HML owns:

  • Fire HD 10 Kindles
  • Fire HD 8 Kindles
Media PC
Our second floor Media PC has dual monitors and a selection of photo and video editing software. Anyone can use it for up to two hours a day, and anyone with a library card can reserve time up to two days in advance.

Software unique to this PC:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe Premiere Elements
  • GIMP 2
  • Fotor
3D Printer
The library owns a Lulzbot TAZ 6. Patrons can submit files to print for a small fee or attend design classes that include a free print.

To learn more about 3D printing at HML, click here.

Make It @ Home

HML has what you need for your next project! Check out a tool, a gadget, or a STEAM learning kit today. Check the catalog for current availability.

While you aren’t able to place a hold on Makerspace To Go items, you are welcome to call the library ahead of time to ensure availability of any kit! We will even put it aside and reserve it for you until close of that day.

All Makerspace To Go items can be borrowed for 7 days, with the option of one renewal for a total of 14 days. Late fines are $1 per day.

STEAM Learning KitsAdult Makerspace to Go Kits

Our STEAM learning kits are great for giving kids (and kids at heart) plenty of time and space to explore concepts on their own – all while playing with some wonderfully fun toys!

Sphero 2.0 Kit
sphero 2.0, a small white robotic ball, lit by a blue light

Sphero is a small robotic ball, about the size of a tennis ball. Sphero can be programmed using a simple, easy to learn block coding program. It’s great for beginners! Then have some simple fun by driving Sphero around with your tablet or smart phone.

Recommended for kids 5 and up.

The basic Sphero 2.0 kit comes with Sphero, its charger, a chariot, two small ramps, and a cup stand. Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires an additional smart device to use. Click here and here for a list of compatible devices.

Sphero & Jump Ramps Kit

Our Sphero and Jump Ramps kits let you take your spherical fun to new heights! These kits contain everything that comes with the basic Sphero 2.0 kit plus one set of orange jump ramps.

Recommended for kids 5 and up.

Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires an additional smart device to use. Click here and here for a list of compatible devices.

Sphero & Terrain Park Kit

Unleash cool new tricks with our Sphero and Terrain Park kits! These kits contain everything that comes with the basic Sphero 2.0 kit plus one Sphero Terrain Park set.

Recommended for kids 5 and up.

Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires an additional smart device to use. Click here and here for a list of compatible devices.

codeBots Board Game

This board game lets the whole family get in on the fun while brushing up on your computational thinking – no screentime necessary! For 2 to 6 players. Great for home school groups, coding clubs or events, and educational board game enthusiasts.

Recommended for kids 12 and up.

Click here for a detailed inventory.

MakeDo Kit

Our MakeDo kit gives you all the tools you and your pals need to build incredible cardboard creations. You just provide the cardboard!

This is a “classroom” size kit, and is therefore great for parties, scouting groups, homeschool collectives, and other get-togethers (once they’re safe again).

Recommended for kids 4 and up with adult assistance, and kids 6 and up independently.

Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

K'Nex STEM Kit

The K’NEX Education Intro To Simple Machines Wheels, Axles, & Inclined Planes set has all the parts you need to build seven different models of real world simple machines. This kit comes with simple, image-based building instructions for each machine, and an additional teacher’s guide with lesson plans and activity guides.

Recommended for kids 8 and up. Great for kids who love to build or homeschoolers learning about simple machines!

Click here for a detailed inventory.

littleBits Star Wars Droid Kit

Build and control your own mini-R2D2 with this littleBits Star Wars Droid kit. littleBits allow kids to explore circuitry safely, and this Star Wars tie-in is a great way to spark interest in your young padawan!

Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires an additional smart device to use. Click here for a list of compatible devices.

Ozobot Bit Kit

Ozobot Bit is a versatile little coding robot! Beginners will enjoy the simplicity of programming with color codes Ozobot reads as it drives over them. And more advanced learners can move onto block coding Ozobot to do even more than the color codes can do.

Recommended for kids 6 and up.

Comes with 2 Ozobot Bits and a pack of Ozobot markers. Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires a computer and internet connection to use some of its features.

Bloxels Kit

Our Bloxels kits turn you into a game designer! Create your own platform game with this cool mix of hands-on art-making and high tech game-building.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Click here for a detailed inventory and short product guide.

This kit requires an additional smart device to use. Click here for a list of compatible devices.

Adult kits are coming soon! Get excited for some awesome items like a sewing machine, pasta maker, and more.