Makerspace Mondays

Makerspace Mondays are designed to get your creative juices flowing while inviting the whole family to participate. All ages are welcomed!  It is held on the second Monday of the month at 6:00pm.  Registration is required.

It is offered in-person at the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (524 Fourth Street, Des Moines) or you can register and request the activity kit and link to the activity video be sent to you.

Register Here for Makerspace Mondays

Word Burning Workshop

Image of a word burning tool creating the outline of a bird on a piece of wood.Did you know that wood burning means writing with fire, sound dangerous? No, not really. Our evening started out with practicing our tooling skills on a beautiful piece of wood. Finding the magic touch with such a hot tool was key to this night’s adventures. Designs were doodled onto paper until decision time to take that creative design one step further, wood burning onto the actual piece of wood! The whole entire room was filled with the scents of an outdoor autumn bonfire. We only wished we had brought the ingredients for making smores. Guess what? Smore making will be on our list for October’s Makerspace Workshop! For those that were unable to make it to our in-person Makerspace, no worries, we did not leave you out. For those that sign-up received all the materials for making a “Twisted Scented Autumn Tree Sculpture.”

September Makerspace Activity

Image of a beaded braceletFidgeting Designs

Did you know that “fidgeting” has proven repeatedly to help you focus in school, and may even make you a little smarter, while keeping you cool, calm and collected. Really, it is true!

For our very special In-Person October Makerspace Monday Workshop we will be joined by a very special guest, Jessica Bruhn, who will bring her hand made Fidget Jewelry Designs that everyone would want to make! All designs will include memory wire, glass beads, textured beads, lava stone and leather fidget bands. In celebration of autumn, we are rolling out all the ingredients for making delicious Smores, as we enjoy a special book discussion that will bring this night to a close.

Activity Videos

What a special night at our library for our November Makerspace Monday, learning all about science, but science mixed with art. Michele Brown from UPLAND took us on a special journey centering around touch, all powered by nature. She showed us how to take a 10-foot willow branch that transforms the trunk of the branch into pieces of charcoal. We discovered the science of carbon that turns wood into tools for creating art! The night ended by drawing with charcoal onto thick textured paper and braille paper while sipping on a delicious cup of hot cocoa as an added treat.

Time for singing and celebration because you do not want to miss what is coming up next month, Ornament Making Workshop!”  The night will be filled with delicious sugar cookies, Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments, Sleigh Bell Wreaths, and Twirled Wrapped Snowballs.

Date: December 12th
Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Activity: By Request “Ornament Making Workshop!”
Where: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309


If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address. 

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive