July 23, 2017

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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 […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners Three MORE Ways

Earlier I shared with you 3 ways we are making fidget spinners in the Teen MakerSpace at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Today I am going to share with you 3 additional ways we have had fun creating our own fidget spinners. All three of these ways involve using a […]

MakerSpace: Mod-A-Tee Making Hot Glue Stencils and Spray Painting T-shirts

This summer is the “Summer of Shirts” in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Every Monday we are teaching our teens a different way that we can make or modify t-shirts. So far we have done Sharpie Tie-Dye, puffy paint, and low-tech screen printing. Last Monday we […]

MakerSpace: DIY Fidget Spinners in Three Ways

This past week we spent some time setting up a DIY Fidget Spinner station at the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). There are no shortage of DIY Fidget Spinner tutorials out there and we tried several and landed on the following three for our DIY Fidget Spinner […]

MakerSpace: Making a Photo Booth Prop Holder

Yesterday I completely re-arranged and marketed our Teen MakerSpace. As a librarian, this is indeed my idea of a good time. But one thing that has always bothered me is the way we display our Photo Booth Props. As you may know (if you don’t, hi new readers!), we have a lot of photo booth […]

More Thrifty School Library Design Tips

A lot of imagination, a little elbow grease, and the right tools can yield dramatic results like these.

A Passion for Fashion | Stylish Nonfiction Titles for Teens

Whether riveted to reality TV design shows, thumbing through fashion mags or surfing blogs, trend-spotting at the mall, or mix-matching items from their own closets, teens have a passion for fashion.

DIY Library Bulletin Boards: Tips, Resources, and Ideas

Do-it-yourself maven Melissa Techman says that bulletin boards can be important communication opportunities in your library. The K–5 librarian offers tips to keep it cheap and chic, and guidance on how to align bulletin boards with inspiring and informative instructional activities.

Beyond Pinterest: Arts & Activities | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

Projects for rainy days, party crafts, classroom activities: the books in this section have got you covered when it’s time to bust out the glue or bake some cupcakes

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Snazzy New Crafts, from Beadmaking to Beekeeping | Series Made Simple

These aren’t the same old “make a pencil holder” crafts you’re used to. Get ready to learn how to compost, work with apps, and raise your own chickens.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Injecting Art and Creativity into STEM

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) is part of a new trend that integrates hands-on learning with STEM. It taps into children’s natural interests while also facilitating informal learning. Show Me Librarian Amy Koester shares how school and public librarians can incorporate STEAM into their programs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Amy Koester’s Favorite STEAM Programs

Children’s librarian Amy Koester shares some of her go-to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) programs, for all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.