November 22, 2017

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Mackin Launches Maker Division

Mackin, provider of library and classroom materials for pre-K–12, just announced a new division, MackinMaker. That dedicated site is a resource for an array of maker tools, from complete kits for newbies to sophisticated supplies for maker gurus.

See the complete press release below.


Mackin Marches Into Makerspace With MackinMaker® Website
Mackin joins the Makerspace revolution with hundreds of books, products and kits on their new
website and online store.
BURNSVILLE, MN (December 6, 2016) Mackin announced the formation of their new specialty
division and accompanying website, Tapping into the success of the national
Makerspace revolution, MackinMaker offers customers hundreds of maker-related products, books
and starter kits, ideal for the novice all the way to the experienced Makerspace practitioner.
“This form of experiential learning is so fresh and vital to helping students learn in a more exciting
and impactful way, we decided that now is the perfect time to tap our knowledge-base and
professional expertise to create this new division”, states Randal Heise, co-owner of Mackin.
MackinMaker Project Manager, Ethan Heise remarked, “We have sourced some of today’s most
creative and influential products and made them the foundation of this growing new site.”
Content is growing on a daily basis and currently features hundreds of popular, maker-related items for schools to build their own custom collections. For those looking for fast entry into the maker movement, MackinMaker also features thoughtfully prepared kits aligned for all grade or skill levels.
All maker items and kits found at MackinMaker are curated from many leading brands known
throughout the industry. This penchant for acquiring quality educational material is a hallmark
characteristic of Mackin that has naturally made its way to their new division.
For more information about MackinMaker or Mackin, please visit us at or

About Mackin
For nearly 34 years, Mackin has provided library and classroom materials for grades Pre-K–12. Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, Mackin has access to more than 18,000 publishers and a collection of more than 2.5 million printed titles. Additionally, Mackin features a robust selection of more than 1.5 million eBook titles, audio books, databases and video resources, all available through their free, state-of-the-art digital content management system, MackinVIA. This highly sought-after digital content management tool was recently awarded two distinctive awards; Best of Show at ISTE 2015 and was named winner of a 2015 Awards of Excellence by Tech & Learning. Today, the free MackinVIA is found in thousands of schools and is accessible to more than nine million students around the world.

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