Examples of past Makers-in-Residence

July Maker-in-Residence Joseph Schott: Un-Making!

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 1:00 PM

Joseph SchottJoseph Schott will be the first UN-MAKER in RESIDENCE for the month of JULY, aptly named because he will be helping participants TAKE THINGS APART!!!

Many, maybe most of the great inventors got started on their way because of curiosity about how things work. What did noteworthy inventors such as Philo Farnsworth do to satisfy that curiosity? Take things apart of course! Starting July 1, join our first Un-Maker In Residence, Joseph Schott, for a month long series on taking things apart. The objects and tools will be provided, and the completed disassemblies will be catalogued in photographs. 



7/1: 9am-1pm
7/7: 9am-1pm
7/8-10: 9a-Noon 
7/8 & 7/10: 2-6pm
7/15-17: 9a-Noon 
7/15 & 7/17: 2-6pm
7/22-24: 9a-Noon 
7/22 & 7/24: 2-6pm
7/29-31: 9a-Noon 
7/29 & 7/31: 2-6pm

imlsThe program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).


June Maker-in-Residence: Makey Makey with Josh Burker

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014; background-position: 0px 2px; background-repeat: no-repeat;">4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

josh burker workshopJoin a month of creating MaKey MaKey Musical Instruments for anyone age 8 & up. Drop-in to any of the workshops in the Great Hall on the following days and times (PLEASE bring a laptop with you!):

Saturday, June 7, 1-4 pm—KICK-OFF & OVERVIEW
Wednesday, June 11, 3-5 pm
Sunday, June 15, 2-5 pm
Tuesday, June 17, 4-6 pm
Thursday, June 19, 1-3 pm
Sunday, June 22, 1-4 pm
Wednesday, June 25, 4:30-7:00 pm

As a participant in the workshop you will do all or some of the following:
1. Create a prototype of an instrument in cardboard, aluminum foil, copper tape, wire, or other materials.
2. Learn to program the instrument using the MaKey MaKey and Scratch
3. Build a more durable version of your instrument
4. Compose a song
5. Figure out a way to write down your song so somebody else could pick up your instrument and play the song.
6. Perform a concert.

josh burkerJosh Burker facilitates constructionist technology projects for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade at an independent school in Fairfield County, CT.This series is free and is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. 

April "Virtual" Maker-in-Residence: John Matchak

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

John MatchakDuring the month of April, Maker-in-Residence and experienced carpenter John Matchak and his Norwalk Woodworkers Club will be the first VIRTUAL Maker-in-Residence. Sometimes the work you see will be the creation of furniture for new MakerSpace Innovation Stations, which will focus on design thinking!



John Matchak started his professional life as a fire protection engineer. He turned his hobby of woodworking into his career when he opened the Woodworkers Club in 1997. His first lathe, his wife's grandfather's 1937 model, is still in the Club.

imlsThe program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).


May Maker-in-Residence Jeanine Esposito: Design Thinking Stationsimls


Wednesday, May 28, 2014; background-position: 0px 2px; background-repeat: no-repeat;">10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jeanine EspositoDuring May, join innovation consultant Jeanine Espositoas she introduces the new Design Thinking Stations. These stations focus on the three steps of design thinking, which are to define, to ideate and then to make a prototype.

For an introduction to the Design Thinking Stations with Jeanine Esposito, please attend any of the following sessions:;">

  • Sat  May 10 3-5pm  - Tour
  • Tue May 13 7-9pm - Workshop
  • Sat May 24 10-12  - Tour
  • Wed May 28 10-12  Workshop


imlsThe program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).


March Maker-in-Residence Ed Kalin: Create an All-Sky Camera



Ed KalinDuring March, help MIT graduate and electronics enthusiast Ed Kalin create an All-Sky Camera, capable of taking a 360-degree image of the sky. Utilizing a Raspberry Pi, camera, PVC tubes and other low cost materials, the process will culminate with a workshop to make your own camera. Join him in designing and building on Mondays (6-8 pm), Wednesdays (3-5 pm) and Fridays (1-3 pm). The final presentation will be on Sunday, April 6 from 2-4 pm.

all sky camera sampleAn All-Sky Camera is a digital camera that can capture photographs or videos of the entire arc of the sky within a single frame. Such a camera could be used to record meteor or satellite trails, time-lapse cloud motion sequences, migrating flocks of birds, aircraft (or perhaps even UFOs!) criss-crossing the sky, weather events, the motion of astronomical features such as the sun, moon, planets and stars, and more. The All-Sky Camera can be used for performing scientific observations, exploration and learning (in areas such as astronomy, weather and photography) as well as for aesthetic pursuits (such as nature appreciation and artistic expression). 

imlsThe program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).






Design History File  (updated 2-12-14)

Idea Heritage Tree  (updated 2-12-14)

As the age of the cubicle worker tethered to a computer wanes, the need for mobile spaces takes off. People are as flexible as their wireless connections, and their spaces must fit this new model of mobility for working and playingon the fly. Join Maker-in-Resident and engineer Gar Waterman in designing and building mobile spaces for the 21st Century in a series of workshops beginning with a planning session on Saturday, January 25, from 10 am to 1 pm. Construction and assembly sessions will be on Tuesdays, 3-8 pm and Friday, 10 am-3 pm, through Friday, February 28. The final presentation of the product will be on Saturday, March 1 at 1 pm.

Have you ever wished you had an office that you could pack up and take with you to set up easily somewhere else? Would you like to come up with smarter ways to use spaces you already have? Do you have design ideas for mobile spaces? Can you wire flexible spaces for power? Do you have good ideas? Do you know how to knit a privacy screen? Do you like working with others and want to learn? Are you an artist or architect? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, these workshops are for you.

The first meeting on January 25 will be a planning session, followed by sessions every Tuesday from 3-8 pm and every Friday from 10am to 3 pm, with the final presentation of the product on March 1 at 1 pm.


The program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS).



Maker-in-Residence Melissa Slattery: A Unique Collaborative Book-Art

Repeats every week until Mon Jan 27 2014 .

Big Number-Melissa Slattery, 2009

Do you love art, design and working with creative people? Join others in an innovative, fun book-making art project inspired by themes in the Westport Library’s WestportREADS 2014 book, My Life in France by Julia Child and her great-nephew Alex Prud’homme. Over four Sundays—January 5, 12, 19, 26— from 1-4 pm, participants will work with artist and Maker-in-Residence Melissa Slattery to create an accordion-style book for all to enjoy.

Using collage techniques, contributors (who are encouraged but not required to have read the book) will find quotes from Child’s book and related recipes and images to create a unique project that will be an homage and extension of Child’s memoir.

Melissa SlatteryMelissa Slattery is an award-winning artist, graphic designer and teacher. She currently teaches an interdisciplinary studies course at Norwalk Community College that explores and correlates diverse models of creativity, art history, numerous fine art disciplines and critical theory. She is a noted book artist, whose work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay area, New York City and Connecticut. She has curated exhibitions for galleries in San Francisco, Oakland, New York and Florence, Arizona.

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This program is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Maker-in-Residence: New Media Artist Balam Soto Facilitates Collaborative Digital Quilt Making

Repeats every week until Sun Jan 05 2014 .

balamOn Saturday, December 21, see how LED technology is integrated into the quilt squares.

Imagine quilt making with a modern twist–a collaborative project that combines fabric, LED lights and creativity to produce a unique,
communal piece of art. Award-winning new media artist Balam Soto will be the  Library’s first IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) funded Maker-in-Residence, facilitating digital quilt making on five consecutive Saturdays in The Great Hall—November 23, November 30, December 7, December 14, December 21 and January 4—from noon-4 pm. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

balam's quiltJoin in on this creative project, which will integrate the traditional social aspects of quilt making with new technology. Participants will help create an interactive quilt that lights up in response to a remote control device. The project incorporates geometric shapes, LEDs and sensors embedded in fabric. The theme of the quilt will be determined through discussion.

Soto is an internationally acclaimed new media artist who combines art and technology to create interactive pieces that include video, murals and performance. He has exhibited in worldwide venues including the World Maker Faire in New York City and galleries and museums in New York, Belgium, Guatemala and many others. He has received three “Editor’s Choice” awards from New York’s World Maker Faire and the “Latino de Oro [Golden Latino] Award for Arts & Culture" in Connecticut.he has also received official Citations from the Mayor of Hartford, CT and the Governors of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In April 2008, he was honored with a Diploma of Recognition as a “Maestro,” a Master of Visual Arts, by the National Congress of Guatemala.

imls logoThe Library received an IMLS grant in October for enhancing its MakerSpace, providing more hands-on, innovative learning experiences.