Resources for Makers

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The Library has information and classes to help you learn skills and try new projects.

Free access to online tools, 24/7

Chilton Library: ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center: offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Home Improvement Reference Center: provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects, through a collection of comprehensive full-text content.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

Creation Studio Programs

Creation Studio Drop-Ins: Our drop-in programs occur on a regular basis and they are for all ages. We have offered programs about robotics, button making, soldering, creating circuits, plumbing, and even homemade cleaning products and food staples. So be sure to check our calendar or our newsletter for upcoming programs. You'll never know what you will be able to make next but you can guarantee you'll have fun and learn something too!

Creation Studio Residencies: We also have a Residency Program where local makers and artists use the studio. You will be able to stop by and ask questions are just watch. Either way it is a perfect oppturnity to learn about new skills or what is happening in our community.

Creation Studio Workshops: Workshops are advanced classes for in-depth learning. These usually require registration. Workshops have covered topics from building a simple bench to dyeing Easter eggs with silk ties. That is a wide range of opportunities so you can discover your next passion or hobby. 

Books and Magazines

The Library subscribes to magazines to support you in your art/craft/diy endeavours:

  • American Craft
  • Art News
  • Artist’s Magazine
  • Ask
  • Bon Appétit
  • Cooking Light
  • Craft Ideas
  • Digital Photography
  • Do It Yourself
  • Family Handyman
  • Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
  • HGTV Magazine
  • Horticulture
  • Interweave Knits
  • Make
  • Old House Journal
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Taunton’s Fine Woodworking

You can search the catalog for specific craft or diy subjects, such as knitting, painting (both fine art and house painting),  or woodworking.  If you prefer to browse the shelves, try these areas:

You’ll find applied sciences in the 600s, including electronics (621), auto repair (629), cooking (641), sewing (646), and home repair (690). The arts are in the 700s, including crafts (745), painting (750), and photography (770).

Of course, you can always ask Library staff to help you find books, videos, magazine articles or other sources for your crafting/DIY needs!