Maker Programs for Adults!

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Advocating for hands-on adult programming may be summed up by the following note left on a program evaluation sheet by a customer…

 “Much more interesting than the standard fare. And targeting adults instead of child program after bloody child program is much appreciated.”

This past winter, Boise Public Library launched a series of maker programs designed for adults.  We focused on a broad range of topics based on experts we knew in our community and specific requests we had heard from our customers.  We held one program monthly January through May.  In an effort to reach the largest number of customers, we chose a different branch each month and did not always have it on the same day of the week or at the same time. 

Based on surveys and attendance, we learned that adults in our community between the ages of 24 and 68 are looking for both hands-on programming and interactive conversations about maker-type hobbies.  We are expanding our offerings this fall and actively finding new partners.

 Below is the PSA we sent out into the community last January:

 Adult Maker Series

Learn Something New at the Library!

Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Main) Intro to Home Brewing. If you are thinking about brewing your own beer at home and have questions about equipment, recipes, time commitments, etc., join us for this brief Intro to Home Brewing class led by Marcus Bezuhly from Get advice from a local expert and learn about the hobby that’s sweeping the nation.

Wednesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. (Hillcrest): Intro to Soldering. Take your Making skills to the next level by learning the basics of soldering. Dave Gapen from the Reuseum will demonstrate the basics of using soldering tools. This technique is used in jewelry crafting, electronics, and even simple home repair projects. This class is for anyone who is curious about soldering or needs to learn how use a soldering gun. All equipment will be provided and no registration is necessary.

Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. (Cole & Ustick): Intro to Arduino. Want to make your own robot or program your holiday lights to flash to your favorite song? Check out our Intro to Arduino class and learn how to use a simple microcontroller board and basic programing to help you do cool things with electronics. Dave Gapen from the Reuseum will teach you the fundamentals and answer any questions you have about this technology.  All equipment will be provided and no registration is necessary.

Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. (Collister) Sew Like a Pro! If you have ever contemplated sewing something simple with an actual sewing machine, join Chelsea Snow from local boutique/gallery/workspace Bricolage to learn how to cut and sew a t-shirt into a simple handy bag for carrying your goodies from the market or your books back to the library.  All materials will be provided and no registration is required.

Thursday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. (Main): Tiny Houses. How much space do you need to live comfortably? Could you create it entirely yourself? Macy Miller set out to answer these questions by creating a 196 square foot ‘tiny house’ which is off-grid compatible and built using recycled and reclaimed materials. Hear her story and find out more information about the tiny house movement.

Questions or ideas!  Please let me know!

Sarah K-C