Makerspace Kits

Makerspace Kits are available for use within the library; usage must be supervised by library or teaching staff. These have been created for YRL member libraries to hold programming events in their library; individual items are not to be loaned to patrons for home use. 

YRL is responsible for normal wear and tear of the Makerspace Kits; however, if there is any damage or loss, the borrowing library may be invoiced for replacement costs. Items are evaluated on a case by case basis.

Borrowing Procedures

Makerspace Kits may be borrowed for up to one month by school or public libraries. There is a limit of one Makerspace Kit per library per month. 

    1. To request a kit, if you are a public library, email kits@yrl.ab.ca. If you are school library, email schoolq@yrl.ab.ca. Include in your request you have specific dates or timelines (e.g., need it for one weekend; two week loan) and we will do our best to accommodate. 
    2. When you receive a Makerspace Kit, review the Detailed Content List included with each kit to ensure everything is there.
    3. When it's time to return the Makerspace Kit:
      • Be sure to return it when it is due. Late returns result in delays for other libraries.
      • Repack the kit using the Detailed Content List and Packing Instructions. Don't forget to complete the evaluation survey!
      • Report any missing or damaged items immediately to YRL.


Available Kits

Button Making Kit

2.25” Button maker, The Button Guy’s Button Designs for Schools template book, and supplies for up to 150 pinback buttons.

Circuitry Kit

LittleBits, Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, 2 x MaKey MaKey, Paper circuit supplies, and the following books: Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity! and Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom.

Not included but required: 1 x 9V battery for the LittleBits, 4 x AA batteries for the Snap Circuits, 4 x AA batteries for Squishy Circuits, and a laptop for the MaKey MaKeys. You may also have to make Squishy Circuit compound using household ingredients (recipes included).

Little Makers Kit

Gears! Gears! Gears!, Cuby, Goldie Blox, Littlecodr game, Code-A-Pillar, Brain Flakes, NextX magnetic construction, Marble run, Squishy Circuits, and the following books: Steam Kids; Ada Twist, Scientist; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Iggy Peck, Architect.

Not included but required: 4 x AA batteries for the Code-A-Pillar, and 4 x AA batteries for Squishy Circuits. You may also have to make Squishy Circuit compound using household ingredients.

Recording Kit

Keyboard, Raspberry Microphone, Headphones, Instruments, Camera, Camera accessories, Green screen, iPad, and the following books: How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons; Digital Filmmaking for Kids for Dummies; and Home Recording for Musicians for Dummies.

Robotics & Coding Kit

Dot & Dash, Ollie Darkside, Sphero, Ozobot, iPad, and the following books: Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom; Steam Kids; and Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding.

Tool Kit

Makedo, Jewellery making, Dremel rotary tool, Dremel engraver, Wood burning, Leathercraft, Soldering, Precision paper cutter, Wood carving, Knitting needles, Crochet hooks, Round loom, Safety equipment, and the following books: One Day Crochet Mastery; Leathercraft: Inspirational Projects for You and Your Home; Knitting; Complete Beginner’s Woodcarving Workbook; and DK Smithsonian Maker Lab.

No materials are included. You will need to supply materials or have your patrons bring in their own material to work with.