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Maker Fest

Join us on Sunday, February 25, 2024, 12-3 p.m. for a free, in-person celebration of arts, crafts, engineering, technology, and the DIY movement. The 6th Annual Maker Fest features hobbyists, crafters, local businesses, and other DIYers from the community.

Adult demonstrating to a child how to measure using a ruler


Please note: Activities and exhibitors subject to change. The Niles-Maine District Library does not endorse any product, service, or activity of the exhibitors.

American Science & Surplus | Website
Store representatives will have different examples of simple circuits including a vintage demo and a modern Snap Circuit display.

ChiBots | Website
Chicago Area Robotics Group, which works with hobby robotics, maze solvers, BEAM robotics, robotic combat, and others, will be demonstrating various types of robotics. 

The Home Depot | Website
Make a fun and seasonal wood craft, supplied by our local Home Depot hardware store. 

TOOOL Chicago | Website
Stop by The Open Organisation of Lockpickers’ table and learn how to pick a lock or escape handcuffs. 

Loopy Ladies Rug Hooking Guild | Website
Loopy Ladies will be demonstrating traditional techniques for creating hooked rugs, hooked wall hangings, or hooked bags.

Origami and Ikebana with E-Ling Lou | Website
Create art through the Japanese art of paper folding (Origami) and the art of flower arranging (Ikebana).

Tune a Guitar
Practice tuning a guitar, a skill that is necessary for creating totally rocking pieces of music.

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Website
Learn about buckthorn, an invasive species, and creative ways for repurposing plants that have been removed from the forest preserves for various woodworking projects. 

So ‘Fused | Website
Fused glass art is appreciated as both an art form and a practical method of creating useful items for the home, garden, or personal ornamentation. Watch and learn how these art pieces are created.

The Crossed Knot | Website
Come sit at a loom and participate in a collaborative weaving project destined for public display. 

Digital Drawing with Arthur Banks | Website
Learn about Procreate, how to use an Apple Pen, and get digital art tips from artist Arthur Banks.

Fishing Simulator | Website
Test your strength and feel what it’s like to reel in a big one with Captain Ernesto’s virtual reality sport fishing simulator.

Maker Fest 2024 Podcast | Website
On the Library’s lower level, in Studio-A, contribute to a community podcast where attendees can experience speaking into a microphone and recording their voices.

Attend & Win

Attend Maker Fest and get a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Need More Information?

Visit the Tech Desk on the Lower Level or call 847-663-6606.


Attendees can park in the library lot or at Fifth Third Bank, 7100 W. Oakton.

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