Innovation Center

Mission Statement

The Innovation Center is collaborative makerspace that encourages creating, learning and exploration. It provides the Glenview community with hands-on learning experiences and programming centered around digital design and maker equipment.

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for learning, exploring, making, and sharing. It uses digital design and fabrication equipment, but with creativity, can often involve hands-on tools and artistic techniques. Makerspaces are great for both kids and adults to help learn new skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). These skills include 2D design, 3D printing, 3D modeling, fashion design, coding, electronics, robotics and even woodworking.

Current Hours and Operations

The Innovation Center is not yet open to the public for walk-in use, because of public health guidelines, but it is providing virtual programming beginning in September.

Virtual Tours

Check our calendar for virtual tours of the new Innovation Center!

Thursday, November 12, 10-11AM via Zoom

Virtual Programming

Please see our calendar for a list of fall programming! The programs will combine physical objects created using maker equipment with virtual instruction on how to make them more customized.


About the Innovation Center

The Idea

In 2016, after receiving a grant from Infosys Foundation USA, the Library purchased equipment and materials to support maker programs, including two Maker Faires. The community’s positive response led the Board of Trustees and staff to consider adding a designated space for maker activities. The idea of the Innovation Center was born, and its construction became a major initiative of the Library’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

The Goal

The Innovation Center aims to educate, inspire, and engage patrons of all ages through innovative, hands-on learning experiences. By working through successful creative endeavors and experiencing design failures, makers build creative problem-solving skills, which are fundamental aspects of learning.

The Space

This collaborative space contains design tools and equipment to foster creativity, allowing patrons to explore various interests from fiber arts and robotics to digital fabrication. With a designated space for programs, patrons can learn simple software to create unique designs and become acquainted with each piece of hardware, including:

Trotec Laser Engraver & Cutter
Cut and engrave a variety of materials after designing your project with software like Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Inkscape.


Embroidery Machine
Customize, embellish, personalize, and decorate a wide range of fabrics. Create designs using Bernina ARTlink, a free software.


LulzBot 3D Printer
Bring your ideas to life using Tinkercad, a free 3D modeling software, or download free files from Thingiverse.


Cricut Machine
Design and create custom die cuts out of vinyl or cardstock using this computer-controlled cutter.

 


Contact Us About the Innovation Center via email at InnovationServices@glenviewpl.org or phone 847-729-7500 ext. 3020.