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 develop critical thinking skills.


What's in the WouldShop

Addi-Express King Size Knitting Machine *NEWAddi Kingsize Express


  • The Addi-Express King Size is a table mounted mechanical knitting machine. The Addi-Express knits scarves, hats, and stoals in a only a few minutes
    Measurements: Circular knitting-35 centimeters, Flat Knitting-45 centimeters (Yarns from 3 to 8 centimeters are possible).
  • Manual

mergecube2Merge Cube *NEW


  • The Merge Cube is a holographic toy that allows users to physically hold and interact with 3D objects using augmented reality (AR) technology. The Merge Cube is compatible with iOS and Android devices. It features dozens of games and experiences built for it.
  • Software: Apps available through Playstore and App Store

Printrbot Playprintrbot 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

  • Silhouette Cameo 3 uses a small blade to cut more than 100 materials, including paper, cardstock, and vinyl spools up to 12 inches wide.
  • Software: Silhouette Studio software
  • Manual

Cricut Makercricket maker

  • Cricut Maker uses blades and pens to cut and write on most materials including paper, vinyl, fabric, and leather.  
  • Software: Cricut Design Space
  • Manual

HP Designjet Poster PrinterHP DeskJet

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

Singer Sewing Machine - Model 4423singer 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.






  • 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, or 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 in between.
  • Setup
  • Product website

lego wedo

LEGO WeDo kit

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


lego ev3

Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kit

  • LEGO Minstorm EV3 has a computer, sensors, and parts that can be engineered and programmed to do almost any task. 
  • Software: Mindstorm
  • Product website



Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Loomwooden multi craft loom


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


Schacht Spindle Cricket Loomcricket loom


Button Makerbutton maker

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



Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machinesizzix

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



Other Tools & Supplies

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

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 nonfiction, 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.

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We provide a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) kits to support hands-on learning in these areas.

STEM Kit Logo

What kits do you have?

 STEM kit topics include:

  • Circuits
  • Computer Programming
  • Gardening
  • Robotics
  • Sewing Machines
  • Telescopes

Find a complete list of available kits in the library's catalog.

Where are the kits located?

All STEM kits are located on the second floor behind the Kids & Teens Ask Us desk. Anyone with a valid IPPL card or SWAN member card can check out a kit. Only IPPL members can place a hold on a kit. All kits must be returned to our Checkout Desk on the 1st floor.

Why do you offer STEM kits?

The library supports all types of learning styles, and many people learn best by exploring topics hands-on and at their own pace. A kit enhances this type of learning and helps to nurture and build curiosity.



Who can use the WouldShop? 
The WouldShop is designed for kids and teens who are 8-18 years old. Parents or caregivers who are assisting a 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 llbrary to read, relax, or do other work not related to making.

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

How do I use the WoulShop?
Patrons are able to use equipment 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 served.

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 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, 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.