We all know winter days can feel long, especially when it’s too cold for the kids to spend time outside. Even though most of us may be tempted to curl up on the couch with a good book, avoid cabin fever by taking a trip to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and make your own book! The Public Library’s MakerSpace offers an array of creative activities and is a great place to take the kids on a cold day. Here are just a few activities available at the Public Library’s MakerSpace:
- Espresso Book Machine – A new addition to the MakerSpace, the Espresso Book Machine automatically prints, binds, and trims paperback books. Anyone is welcome to print their own book after submitting their order online and scheduling an appointment. While this is a pricier option, the MakerSpace also offers more inexpensive alternatives.
- American Button Machine – Does your child have a movie, animal, or sport obsession? The American Button Machine allows you to create personalized buttons using fabric or paper designs. Bring your own design and $0.10 per button. Your kids are going to love showing off their personalized buttons to all their friends!
- Ellison Machine – The Ellison Machine allows you to stamp out a variety of shape silhouettes. This is perfect for making holiday decorations, flashcards for the kids, or sprucing up school projects. Use of the machine is free and construction paper is available at the MakerSpace.
- Sewing Station – The Sewing Station is a great activity for the older kids to express their creativity making clothes, quilts, or monogramming. The use of the machine is free, but bring your own fabric!
The MakerSpace is open Monday-Wednesday 9 am – 9 pm. Before making a trip, visit their website for more information and to reserve an appointment. Don’t forget about all the other great programs at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Country for kids of all ages. Visit the website to browse different locations and programs from story time to crafting. The Public Library is a great way to beat the winter blues and get the kids’ creativity flowing.