The Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo Returns for Families to Explore

The Ann Arbor District Library’s Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo (AACME) event is back after a brief pandemic hiatus and there is something for everyone to enjoy. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library.

All ages are welcome to come geek out or get your creativity on. Don’t miss out on the hands-on demos, learning experiences, and freebie giveaways. 

Christopher Becker, AADL library technician, said, ”The maker fair has a long history in Ann Arbor. It started in 2009 as a Mini Maker Faire at the Saline Fairgrounds, moved to the Ann Arbor District Library in 2016, changed its name to AACME (Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo) in 2018, and is now in its 12th year (not counting years it was not held due to the pandemic).”

Schedule of events according to the website

11 a.m.–3 p.m.:

  • Drop-in LED Badge Soldering
    Make your very own light-up Secret Lab badge and learn a little bit of soldering. It is recommended, due to the use of soldering irons, that children be accompanied by an adult.
  • Five Thousand Dominos
    Come on over to the Multi-Purpose Room and engage with not 50, not 500, but 5,000 dominos! You might build a domino run, a house, or anything else you can think of.
  • Maker City
    Join this collaborative project and build a cityscape in real time. You are invited to use scraps, cardboard, markers, felt, foam and other provided objects to create a building and place it somewhere in our city.
  • Cardboard T-Rex Robots
    Head on over to the story corner to build an actuated T-Rex puppet that really moves.
Photo provided by Christopher Becker.


  • Screen Printing Demonstration
    A local artist will present a screen printing demonstration and guests will get to grab a screen printed bag with the AACME logo.

1–2 p.m.:

  • OneHackerBand
    Enjoy Aaron Todd’s brainchild, OneHackerBand. The band is made up of hacked instruments – an electric guitar, bass guitar, and drums – that play all by themselves. And we’re not talking just some random notes or beats, but a coordinated effort that plays hit songs for your listening (and viewing) pleasure.

Becker said he anticipates “a very exciting and fun day for everyone with robots, music, make-and-take soldering, domino toppling, T-Rex crafts, screen printing, and historical technologies like our giant floor loom!”