January Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next in February

Imagine this, a room saturated with the smells of lavender, lemon, peppermint, and the sweet zest of orange. Roller-tubes were filled with grapeseed oil and essential oil to create a stress-free meditation tool. We discovered mediative techniques such as the Bear, Whale, Birthday Cake and Box Breathing. Our night ended, with a little science. Mixing and stirring cocoa powder, bees wax and coconut oil together to make lotion bars!

Coming up in February

Date: February 13th
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Activity: “Chocolate & Art!”
Where: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

Are you curious about how to mix a little braille and chocolate together? Or do you want to learn about copper wrapped into a sculpture? Then you better sign up quick! In February, you will turn chocolate into a chocolate bar, however, this chocolate bar will be in braille! Topping off the night with Copper Art Designs.

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. 

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338 

Check out the Makerspace Mondays page!

Makerspace Monday Workshop

Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ages: All Ages
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
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.

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

Makerspace Monday Workshop

Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ages: All Ages
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
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.

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

December Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next in January

If you enjoy sugar and sprinkles, well this night was made for you! In celebration of this wonderful time of year it only seemed like the natural fit to pull out our favorite holiday library traditions! While the music filled the air, we were busy as elves mixing scents of cookies while making Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments, Sleigh Bells Wreaths, and finally Twirled Wrapped Snowballs. For the families unable to attend you received a package delivered right to your doorstep! Thank you to all that signed up in this past year!

January's Makerspace Monday

Time to get cozy in January! Feeling stressed? Short fused, or just need a boost. If you can say yes to even one of these descriptions on this list, you may want to sign up for the January Makerspace Cozy Workshop. To start off the year 2023 in calm fashion, you will learn techniques that will immediately turn stress and distress into resilience and refresh! Promise.

Date: January 9th, 2023!
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Activity: “Cozy Workshop Includes – Lotion Bars and Sugar Scrubs!”
Where: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

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. Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338 

Check out the Makerspace Mondays page!

November Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next in December

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.

December's Makerspace Monday

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
Registration

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. 

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338 

Check out the Makerspace Mondays page!

September Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next in October

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDid 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.”

Coming up next month in October
Date: October 10th
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Where: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Registration

In October, we will be joined by a very special guest, Jessica Bruhn, who will bring her hand made Figit Jewelry Designs that everyone would want to make. From football, baseballs, gem, or jewels, this is a night you don’t want to miss! As an extra bonus, Smores and Book Talk will be included! More information coming soon.