STEM Activities

3D Printing Procedures and Policy


  1. The library has a MakerBot Replicator Fifth Generation printer which uses PLA filament.
  2. Persons will bring their file to the Reference Desk on a memory stick.
  3. They will leave their name, contact information, memory stick, and file name with the staff.
  4. The file needs to be in the format .stl, and no larger than 8MB in size.
  5. Library staff or volunteer will print the object as time permits and contact the patron when the item is either ready for pick up or deemed unprintable.
  6. Items printed from Library 3D printers and patron memory sticks that are not picked up within 14 days will become property of the Library. Items must be picked up by the individual who requested the print.
  7. Procedures governing the use of the Library’s 3D printers are subject to change.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees, 2/13/2018


The Library 3D printer is to be used for educational, workshop, and programming purposes.  This policy establishes how and under what circumstances the public may request items be printed.

  1. The Library’s 3D printer may be used only for lawful purposes. The public will not be permitted to use the Library’s 3D printer to create material that is:
    1. Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
    2. Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
    3. Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
    4. In violation of another’s intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection.
  1. The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
  2. Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by Library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any unapparent final use of the 3D product, and the Library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.
  3. The Library is not responsible for any object created with use of the 3D printer, including any harm or injury incurred as a result of any usage of the 3D printer or the object printed.
  4. 3D printing at the Library is currently free, thanks to a grant from the Gelfand Family Trust. It is anticipated that a fee will be charged in the future to cover the printing costs.
  5. Only designated Library staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
  6. The Library will print only small items using one color per print.
  7. The Library does not guarantee a successful print and does not guarantee a quick completion of the printing.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees, 2/13/2018



NEW STEM MATERIALS FOR THE CHILDREN’S ROOM! Come check out our new STEM materials, located in our Children’s Technology Area.We have purchased 5 Launchpad Tablets to start. Each tablet will circulate for one week. Our titles are:

  1. A royal party! Princesses
  2. Color buddies! Creativity!
  3. Build it. Fix it. Fun! Building and engineering
  4. Fast thinker! Fantasy
  5. You auto know! Transportation

We have also purchased several kits from Lakeshore Learning, which will also circulate for one week. These are limited to one kit per family.

Vehicle building
Vehicle building kit
Bridge building
Bridge building kit
  1. Vehicle building kit
  2. Bridge building kit
  3. STEM magnets kit
  4. STEM motion kit
  5. STEM 3 little pigs kit



All of these materials are for use at home and not in the library due to the many pieces which may be choking hazards for very young children.