November 20, 2017

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Thrifty Library Hacks

Ideas to update your library: turn tires into comfy furniture, transform a map into a green screen, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

TPiB: Easy Peasy DIY Jack-O-Lanterns

So I got a Silhouette Cameo and I was trying to figure out how to use it, and how to use it with teens, when I stumbled across an easy and fun craft idea. You can do it with or without a Silhouette Cameo, it’s easily adaptable. I made my examples using the Silhouette Cameo. […]

MakerSpace: Summer of Shirts Index and Gallery

Here are all the modify your t-shirt posts in one place with a gallery of some of our finished products. Click on the link for the instructions. TPIB: Meme ALL the Shirts! (Heather Booth) Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts: Sharpie Tie-Dye, Puffy Paint, Spray Painting MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and […]

MakerSpace: 5 Ways We Transformed T-Shirts into Something New

So the Summer of Shirts is over. Last Monday was our last day and we took all the ways we transformed shirts in the previous weeks – Sharpie tie-dye, Low Tech Screen Printing, Transfers, and more (links at end of post) – and taught our teens ways that they could then transform those shirts into […]

Make It!: Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction

Makers will line up for craft books on 3-D printing, zombie-inspired treats, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

The “A” in STEAM: Bring Out the Inner Artist in Kids

Great ways to engage children in open-ended art projects at the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

A year after Karen Jensen and staff opened a teen maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), she assesses what worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

MakerSpace: Instagram Scrapbook and Mini Books (Book Making in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County)

Sometimes you have one of those moments of serendipity. I had just gone through an ordered a handful of books about book making when a teen came into the Teen MakerSpace and made a book. It was a sign, so we created a book making station. And because The Teen spent the first month of […]

TPiB: Book Planters

I am not a crafty person. At all.  I’m unable to draw a straight line or measure correctly and have little to no patience for not catching on to something quickly. So when we ended up with all this extra dirt at the library (don’t ask), and my supervisor said hey, want to make some […]

TPiB: Quick Doctor Who Decorations/Ornaments

The other day in the Programming Librarian Interest Group on FB page someone (Melissa Hozik) mentioned that they were having a Doctor Who themed holiday program. And someone (Evan Mather) then mentioned that they should call it a Doctor Wholiday Party. Genius!! As a huge Doctor Who fan I was disappointed in myself for not […]

MakerSpace: Unconventional Printing

Look, we all know that I am obsessed with photo apps and pictures of my kids. But it’s not just for me, it’s for the teens – I swear. One of my favorite teen programs I have ever done – and I have repeated it several times – is a program called Renovate Your Room. […]

TPiB: Locker Crafts

It’s back to school time which for a lot of middle school and high school teens means one thing – LOCKERS! Well, I’m sure it means a lot of things. But for the creative side of me it means LOCKERS! I love making a locker personal, which means MAKING STUFF. We’re all about making! So […]

Teen craft cabinet essentials

When I began hosting craft programs at the library, I wondered how people could possibly talk about crafts as an inexpensive activity. Everything cost money! Even many “cheap” crafts don’t come cheap if you don’t have any supplies stored up. Case in point: Poetry Month favorite, blackout poetry. Use your damaged and discarded books and newspapers and […]

Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult

Colleen Graves, SLJ Maker Workshop speaker and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, describes how her little middle school library maker space grew to encompass an inter-school catapult challenge, an international network, and the support and enthusiasm of teachers.

Book Review and Program Ideas: Playing with Surface Design by Courtney Cerruti

When The Mr. and I were in college, he was an art major. I had the distinct privilege of of learning about an array of artistic ideas while watching him take classes. Because of this experience, or perhaps just because of the moments we’ve shared and the influence he has had on me, I’ve always […]

Take 5: Postcards from France, programs, books and more for a France themed day (Quarto Week) (TPiB)

In my home, Paris is a dream destination. The Tween collects a variety of memorabilia and we tend to collect and read books that take place in France. This post for a Paris themed TPIB has been sitting in my drafts folder for a really, really long time. But I’m finally dusting it off and […]

TPiB: Herbal Bath Sachets (aka Tub Teas)

This morning as I walked outside, there was this gross layer of ice over everything that was practically invisible. The kids at the crosswalk were slipping and falling all over the place, and then it started to rain ice. Not hail or sleet, this was like little jagged shards of ice that were pelting my […]

TPiB: Mexican Sugar Skulls Made Out of Clay (with links to a few other multicultural crafts)

As part of a Social Studies project, The Tween and her classmates had to create crafts to sell at a recreated “Mexican Market”. For our craft project, we created Sugar Skulls out of clay which proved to be very popular. Sugar Skulls are an important part of the Mexican Day of the Dead, or the […]