What is the WouldShop?

WouldShop2The WouldShop is a hands-on creative space where kids and teens can learn through designing, building, testing, tinkering, making, and connecting with other kids, teens, and staff. The WouldShop provides opportunities for self-directed learning and exploration. Through rotating themes and activities, we strive to pique interest, initiate curiosity, and help kids and teens to develop critical thinking skills.


What is in WouldShop

Printrbot Play

printrbot play

  • Printrbot Play has a 4 x 4 x 5 inches build area, and a cover over the hot end to protect curious hands from getting burned.
  • Software Tinkercad
  • Product Website

 Silhouette CAMEO 3Cameo 3

Cricut Maker
cricket maker

HP Designjet T120 Inkjet Poster Printer
HP DeskJet

  • HP Designjet prints posters 24 inches wide with variable height.
  • Print from any program
  • See staff for assistance printing

Singer Sewing Machine - Model 4423

singer sewing machine


  • Ozobot is a handheld robot that can be programmed with markers or by using a tablet app. 
  • Software EVO
  • Product Website



  • Sphero is a spherical robot capable of rolling across most surfaces. Sphero can be controlled by smartphones or tablets.
  • Software Sphero Edu 
  • Product Website





  • Arduino  is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online.
  • Manual
  • Product website



  • Cubelets each have a spcific function, connect them together along with a battery block and design a unique device.
  • Description
  • Product website

makey makey

Makey Makey

  • Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.
  • Setup
  • Product website

lego wedo

LEGO WeDo kit

  • LEGO WeDo are computer and tablet controlled bricks that allow users to create simple machine which run on motors. 
  • Software WeDo
  • Product website

lego ev3

Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit

  • LEGO Minstorm EV3 is a computer, sensors, and parts that can de engineered and programmed to almost any task. 
  • Software Mindstorm
  • Product website


Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

wooden multi craft loom

  • Wooden Multi-craft Weaving Loom is used to create Pictures, ribbons, fabric, and more. 
  • Manual

Schacht Spindle Cricket Loom
cricket loom

Button Makerbutton maker

  • Button maker creates round buttons for all occasions. Make and share your designs. 

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

  • Sizzix Texture Boutique transforms ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, vellum and other thin materials into embossed art.
  • Manual


The WouldShop also contains general tools for tinkering and making, such as various cutters, a soldering kit, hammers, screw drivers, plyers, standard art tools etc.

We also provide limited supplies of basic consumable materials, such as papers, glues, tapes, fabrics, vinyl, yarn, filament, etc. We do this to get you started. We cannot guarantee that we will have the quantity, size, or colors of materials that you need. If you have a specific project in mind, we encourage you to bring in your own materials to use with the equipment in the WouldShop.

In the space, there is collection of non-fiction, how-to books that can be checked out. We also have STEM Kits and Maker Kits so that you can learn and create at home.

Programs & Events


Drop-In Projects

Current Projects


Organ Apron  May 14 - May 27organ apron

  • Paper bag
  • Marker/ paint



Past Projects

Graphite Circuitsgraphite circuit

  • Paper 8.5 x 11
  • 9 Volt battery
  • Graphite Pencil
  • LED (3 Volt)

Robot Hands 

robot hand

  • Cardboard
  • Starws x 5
  • String

Stethoscope stethoscope

  • Paper tube
  • Tape
  • Plastic cup



Lungs  April 2 - April 15lungs

  • Plastic bottle
  • Balloons x 2
  • Rubber band



Warming Heart  April 16 - April 29warming hearts

  • Cloth
  • Rice
  • Thread
  • Needle / sewing machine



Dancing Wire  April 30 - May 13dancing wire

  • Pipe Cleaners x 2
  • Paper cup
  • Tape
  • Pencil








Can't get enough of the WouldShop? Take home a Stem Kit. We provide a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) kits for kids to explore hands-on learning in these areas. Visit our STEM Kits page for more information.



Who Can Use the WouldShop? 
The WouldShop is designed for kids and teens who are 8-18 years old. Parents or childcare givers who are assisting their child with their WouldShop project are also welcome.

The WouldShop is reserved specifically for the use of creating. Patrons may use other areas in the Library to read, relax, or do other work not related to making.

For children under 8 years old, checkout the LittleShop, a makerspace especially for younger children and their caregivers.

How Do I Use the WoulShop?
Patrons are able to use equipment, such as vinyl cutter in the WouldShop with a valid Indian Prairie or SWAN library card.

To use equipment, visit the Kids & Teens “Ask Us” desk. You will check out a key that will allow you to access the equipment that you wish to use. By checking out the key, you are responsible for the equipment until the key is returned. Fines may apply if the equipment is missing or damaged.

There are general supplies and activities that do not require a library card.

What are the Rules?
Anyone using the Wouldshop should:

  • be between the ages of 8-18
  • Use equipment and materials properly and safely
  • be careful not to waste materials
  • clean up after themselves
  • be courteous to others in the space

What does the WouldShop cost?
The WouldShop is free to use. There is currently no charge for use of equipment or for the general materials, such as the fabric, yarn, vinyl, or filament provided.

Can I reserve the equipment?
All of the equipment in the WouldShop is first come first serve.

When did the WouldShop open?
The WouldShop officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 20, 2018.

What are the WouldShop’s hours?
The WouldShop closes a half an hour before the library closes.

What would you make at the Wouldshop?
There is always something to do in the WouldShop. You can always use the equipment, tools, and materials as described and we introduce new themes for exploration and play seasonally throughout the year.

Here are some tips to help you with your original project ideas:

  • Come to the WouldShop with a project in mind. Visit the following websites for inspiration:
  • Watch YouTube videos or manufacturer equipment videos to familiarize yourself with the equipment.
  • Plan ahead to determine what materials you need to bring with you in order to complete your project.
  • Allow enough time for your visit. You may need several hours of dedicated time to complete your project.
  • Keep in mind, the Library is not responsible for failed projects. We reserve the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate Indian Prairie Public Library policies.

More Questions?
The WouldShop is a self-directed learning space. We do not always have staff available to assist with equipment or supplies. If you want to learn more, sign up for a class or contact the Youth Technology Librarian, Jack Schultz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general questions about the WouldShop, equipment, or materials, please contact the Kids & Teens staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 630-887-0718.