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The Westchester Library System LEADER Lab – Library Experimentation Action and Digital Education Resource Lab –  Paper Two women sitting at a table learning Circuitry and LED Bookmarks

is a center for innovation and professional development. It offers library staff opportunities to

  • test and use emerging technologies and equipment
  • experience programs that they can implement in their libraries
  • learn high tech and traditional making skills
  • experience maker activities that access creativity and problem-solving skills
  • participate in teamwork and collaborationTwo women and a man hold up light-up greeting cards.
  • engage in lifelong learning

View offerings and register for workshops through the WLS evanced calendar.

Programs are geared to adult and teen audiences and most can be adapted for youth demographics. A takeaway from most programs is a detailed plan that includes

  • a program proposalTwo men and a woman stand at a table mixing ingredients in a bowl.
  • detailed instructions and timeline
  • a complete supplies list and budget
  • handouts for patrons
  • links to collection materials and STEAM topics

Featured Program Plans and Presentations

Getting Started With 3D Printing

Getting Started with Tinkercad 3D Modeling

Make A 3D Photo Night Light

Adventures in Soap Making

Natural Household Cleaners

Coconut Lotions For Day and Night

Photo Candle Transfers – Program Plan

Ice Candles Program Plan

LED Greeting Card Project Plan

Wear Your LEDs: Getting Started With e-Textiles

Sun Print Greeting Cards Project Plan

Physics Fun Program Plan

Equipment

  • 3D printers are available for use by workshop participants.
    • MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer
    • LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer
  • GraphTec CE6000 Vinyl Cutter is available for workshop participants, by appointment to library staff who have been certified, and for jobs from libraries as arranged through the helpdesk.
    Complete details

WLS LEADER Lab KitsA woman building an All Terrain Vehicle model from a kit

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