The main library is closed Saturday, June 15 for electrical improvements. The Branch will be open 10am-3pm.

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad and Digital Media Labs are your spaces to explore, play, create and collaborate. Embark on a journey of discovery and possibility through hands-on learning where all you need is your imagination. Curiosity starts here.

Summer Hours  |  June 3-August 25


Launch Pad Hours
Monday-Friday 1-8 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm
Sunday 1-4 pm
Digital Media Labs Hours
Monday-Friday 1-7:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am-3:30 pm
Sunday 1-3:30 pm

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Book-A-Maker Appointments

Schedule a one-hour appointment in the Launch Pad. Learn how to use the embroidery, sewing or Silhouette machines, or get help with a laser or 3D printing project.

  • Reservations can be made online on the website or by calling staff, at 847.459.4100, ext. 277.
  • Reservations are for one hour with no more than one reservation per WEEK.
  • A library card is required.

If you’d like to get a head start on creating, learn how to use the Silhouette vinyl cutter or sewing machines through Niche Academy.



Reserve any of the three digital media labs. Must be at least 9 years old and have a registered library card in good standing.


Kits & Subscriptions

Exploration Kits

Exploration kits are available to check out and use in the Launch Pad. We have a wide variety of kits exploring crafting and technology.

Launch Pad on the Go

Finish your projects at home by checking out one of these kits. Available for ages 14 and older with an ITPLD library card in good standing. Two week check-out.

Maker@Home Kits

Maker@Home Subscription Boxes are a great opportunity to check out and take home a box filled with supplies you’ll need for a special craft. Available to ITPLD and reciprocal cardholders aged 16 and older.


Launch Pad Supplies List

Free supplies are available for ITPLD library members, as well as reciprocal members with cards in good standing. Members are limited to 2 items each week taken from the Supplies List. Members are encouraged to bring their own supplies if their project is larger than what weekly limits allow. No items will be sold through the Launch Pad. The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.

Suggested Vendor List

Check out this list of suggested vendors if you want to purchase your own wood, acrylic or other supplies.


Craft & Hobby Video tutorials and projects for many different hobbies and artistic disciplines.

Craftsy through Hoopla A video library of projects for bakers, designers, sewers, knitters, and more.

Creativebug A video library of tutorials for DIY crafters, creators, and artists. Includes patterns and some project lists.

Lerner Maker Lab Kid friendly projects, crafts, and recipes using commonly available household supplies.

LinkedIn Learning Learn technology and creative skills with over 700 course subjects including photography, illustration, 3D animation, video and graphic design.

Niche Academy Check out our Sewing and Silhouette tutorials on Niche Academy.