Sew Cool

Hello, I’m Amy Holcomb, the Experiential Learning Coordinator here at Skokie Public Library. I run the BOOMbox, which is the library’s flexible STEAM space. It’s a space for kids, teens, and adults of all ages to explore different topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM, get it?

With any rotation, we provide the tools and inspiration for you to create, discover, learn, and share. Through December 20th, the BOOMbox is exploring the science of textiles, using equipment like sewing machines, an embroidery machine, a table top loom, and learning through activities that use fabric, yarn, embroidery floss, origami paper and felt.

New this rotation, we’re offering micro workshops on our various pieces of equipment during drop-in hours to provide an overview of what the machines do and to help get you started on your projects. Classes and events will mostly take place outside the space to accommodate more people and have additional drop-in hours.

During drop-in, mentors will feature different, adaptable activities every few weeks. Right now, learners can create a coffee cup cozy out of felt and accent with appliques or fabric paint, make a friendship bracelet to wear or share, or transform an old t-shirt into a library tote bag. Here's a video lesson so you can try that one at home:

We’re looking forward to seeing what our community creates and hope to see you in the space soon. For more information about hours and events, visit: