April 21, 2017

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How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Members of the La Vista (NE) Public Library A.J., Raoul, and Audi line up to try homemade chili mac.

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

The Best in Making and Tech at Toy Fair 2017

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Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.

Mackin Launches Maker Division

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The MackinMaker site is a resource for an array of maker tools, from complete kits for newbies to sophisticated supplies for maker gurus.

Giant Squid: Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book

Giant Squid By Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-59643-599-5 All Ages 2017 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children  Book Review Giant squid remains a mystery. The first photograph of a living giant squid was not taken until 2004; the first video of a live giant […]

Study on Maker Educators Outlines How Their Needs Can Be Met

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A new report examines this burgeoning group, their resources, and how they can better attain their goal of connecting with students and the community.

11 Lessons from a Maker Space­­, One Year In

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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.

Struck by Tragedy, a NY High School Heals Through “Compassionate Making”

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A small army of “maker activists,” led by a library media specialist, is improving the lives of the needy one project at a time.

Teen Maker Space Outreach: Behind the Scenes With Karen Jensen

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Highlights of a Teen Librarian Toolbox series with practical tips on how to make text-transfer speech bubbles, a photo booth, custom postcards, and more.

Hey, I Built a LEGO Wall! Here’s How.

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An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.

SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners

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Winner Todd Burleson, and finalists Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner, all display outstanding achievement and innovative use of technology.

Middle School YA Zine Project Makes Kids the Bosses

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A zine program in a middle or high school library gets more teen voices heard, and is an interesting way to utilize (or start) a maker space.

Seven Surprising Benefits of Maker Spaces

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Noted experts Carrie and Alton Barron explain one of the single most important ways a librarian can point patrons to optimal intellectual and emotional experiences.

ALA 2016: “This Is What a Maker Space Looks Like”

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Heather Moorefield-Lang—who spent the past three years traveling around the world documenting examples of maker spaces— led this session, which was full of surprises.

Follett Launches New Maker Space Bundles for K–12 Libraries

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Designed to make starting a maker space quicker and easier, the pre-packaged supplies are specific to grade levels.

How Making Makes Us Happy and More Creative

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During week four of our Maker Workshop, we learned how “using our hands feels good and is good for us,” from Alton and Carrie Barron, MDs and co-authors of “The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands.”

Real-World STEM: a Library Bio Lab and a Sixth-Grade Code Curriculum

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A Brooklyn middle school teacher who built a computer science class from scratch and a California public librarian who created a library bio lab shared the stage at the Lead the Change session “STEM in the Real World.”

Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

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Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

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Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

White House Announces 2016 National Week of Making, June 17–23

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Along with President Obama’s announcement of the 2016 National Week of Making, June 17–23, he described two other initiatives to support maker spaces and technical education in schools.

Tiny Ozobot Gets Kids into Block-based Programming | Test Drive

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School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.

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