Learn more about our Cortex Kits here. Check them out and be a maker at home or on the go!

Upcoming Make & Take Projects:

In The Cortex:

  • January 15 through January 27: Sock Snowmen
  • January 29 through February 10: Valentine Fortune Cookies
  • February 12 through February 24: Bottle Cap Necklaces
  • February 26 through March 10: Coasters
  • March 12 through March 24: Scratch Foam Printing
  • March 26 through April 7: Giant Flowers
  • Ongoing: Rambling Rocks Painting

At the Limberlost Branch Library:

  • January 29 through February 10: Valentine Fortune Cookies
  • March 12 through March 24: Scratch Foam Printing
  • Ongoing: Rambling Rocks Painting 

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What is The Cortex?

The Cortex, named after the creative, thought processing part of your brain, is a place where ideas can develop, and learning will be enhanced in the community...all through the Kendallville Public Library's hands-on environment. With access to devices not readily available to the public in our community, the MakerSpace will be a place that individuals, schools, small businesses and more can come for free or low-cost tools.

The Cortex may help a mom learn how to sew by using the library's digital sewing machine. A small business owner might use the 3D printer to develop a model of his latest invention. A 4-H member could use the CriCut to dress up her poster for the judges. A teen might use an iMac to create a 3D design or edit his GoPro video.

The Kendallville Public Library is, and has always been, a center for exploration in our community. Now The Cortex will be a place for everyone to devise, design and discover.


What is in The Cortex?

The Cortex includes:

  • 3D Printer
  • Digital Sewing Machine
  • Digital Embroidery Machine
  • Cricut Explore
  • Accu-Cut Die Cut System
  • Accu-Quilt GO Template
  • 3 Doodler 3D Pen
  • Dremel
  • 2 1/4" Button Maker
  • Knitting and Crochet Supplies
  • Looms
  • Comb Binder
  • Paper Cutter
  • Pouch Laminator
  • Soldering Iron
  • A variety of tools: wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, clamps, t-square, etc.
What else would you like to see in The Cortex? Send us an email to let us know.

When is The Cortex open?

The Cortex is located in the Kendallville Public Library's former computer lab. It is open during regular library hours. We do ask that you plan your activities to make sure your project is complete by the time the library closes.


Who can use The Cortex?

Anyone can use The Cortex, but there are some things that you should know.

  • To use any equipment, you must first sign a waiver (we will keep it on file, so you only need to sign one). A parent or guardian must sign for youth under 18. Waivers are available at the Circulation Desk or can be downloaded here.
  • Some pieces of equipment require certification for use. Please see below to learn more about certification.
  • Children under age 12 must have an adult with them at all times to use The Cortex.
  • No open toed shoes, please. Some of the materials might be dangerous to your digits, and we want you to leave with as many toes as you had when you came in.
  • No loose-fitting or dangling clothes or jewelry. It could get caught in a machine.
  • Tie back your long hair. It would hurt a lot if it got caught in a machine. Ouch!


How much does it cost to use The Cortex?

It's free to use The Cortex, and we provide all the supplies for the equipment. However, you may choose to bring your own paper for the Cricut, for instance.


How can I become certified?

The Cortex does contain several items that require training before use. For instance, you must first be certified to use the 3D Printer, Sewing Machine, Embroidery Machine or Cricut.

Certification can be completed online (see below). Follow the link below, and watch the video carefully. Watching the video gets you ready to use the equipment, but if you're still unsure, please ask a staff member for assistance.

These videos are intended to get you started on the right track. They won't teach you every function of the machine, but will give you a solid basis to begin. The user manuals are available for the equipment, and you are encouraged to play and learn in our DIY setting.

If you need additional help, please plan to schedule a Book The Cortex session with us. Contact Leah Dresser at 260-343-2017 or ldresser@kendallvillelibrary.org to get started.

You may watch the video from anywhere you have an Internet connection. However, if you would prefer to see the equipment while watching the video, feel free to use the computers within The Cortex.

Click over to our Cortex Academy to get started!