‘Making’ is the next generation of creating. ‘Making” encourages innovation and experimentation, sometimes joining traditional craft techniques with technology. Make something wonderful with a book from the Lititz Public Library.

The Maker's Manual : A Practical Guide to the New Industrial RevolutionThe Maker’s Manual: A Practical Guide to the New Industrial Revolution by Andrea Maietta
Dozens of color images provide a practical guide for transforming ideas into physical projects and the skills to make successful projects for a sustainable maker business.

Make: Tech DIY by Ji Sun Lee
A guide for parents and young children introduces electronics through sewing and craft projects that take learners from the basics to understanding how to use sensors, transistors, and timers.

Beyond Cotton: Making By Hand: Stamp, Print, Dye, and Paint by Krista Fleckenstein
Go beyond commercially available materials by working with different, but readily available materials like leather, rivets, and industrial-grade felt.

Making Simple Robots : Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday StuffMaking Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri
Anyone who can knit, sew, or fold paper can build a no-tech robot that reacts to its environment.

Getting Started with Drones by Terry Kilby
Learn how drones work, how to solve some of the engineering challenges a drone presents, and how to build and fly an autonomous quadcopter.

Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches and Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python by Simon Monk
Learn to create inventive programs and fun games using powerful programs with no programming experience required.

Practical Electronics for Inventors by Paul Scherz
Gain the electronics skills required to transform innovative ideas into functioning gadgets with easy-to-follow instructions, schematics, and illustrations.

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and LearnThe Big Book of Makerspace Projects by Colleen Graves
Dozens of low-cost projects provide skills such as smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding, and more.

Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye and Knit Your Own Yarn by W.J. Johnson
Get hands-on experience and inspiration by following yarn from its fiber beginnings through the process of spinning, to dying the spun yarn with natural and synthetic dyes, and finishing off with fun projects.

The Big Book of Hacks from the editors of Popular Science Magazine
From setting up a workspace and using basic tools to using an XBOX 360 controller as a phone case or creating an aquarium in an old TV, clever systematic instructions introduce ingenious projects.

Workshop Mastery with Jimmy Diresta : A Guide to Working with Metal, Wood, Plastic, and LeatherWorkshop Mastery with Jimmy DiResta: A Guide to Working with Metal, Wood, Plastic and Leather by Jimmy DiResta
Learn essential shop skills with projects that explore everything from mold making to computer-controlled routing to metalsmithing.

The Best of Make: 65 Projects and Skill from the Pages of Make from the editors of Make
Volume two of the best projects and articles from the magazine show how to create drones and robots, build noise-making projects, augment photo and video capabilities, and more.

These books and others were purchased through a grant awarded to the Library System of Lancaster County from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

As part of the grant-funded initiative Lancaster Libraries Maker Toolbox, public libraries also loan STEM Maker Passes for use at the make717 Innovation Center in Lancaster. Attend an information session at the Innovation Center to learn more. To sign up, go to and click on the Events tab calendar.

February 17, 2017