December 7, 2016

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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.

#MakerSpace: 1 Year Later

We have spent the last year at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) turning our Teen Space into a Teen MakerSpace. Today on School Library Journal I’m sharing with you 11 things we have learned 1 year later. The Beginning of Our Journey Here is the original article in School Library […]

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.

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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.

Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, we have been working really hard to do outreach for our new Teen MakerSpace. This week, I thought I would share with you what our outreach looks like. We have now put together 2 separate outreach packets, and I am working on a third. What […]

Great Books: Mini-Makers

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Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Take 5: YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Collection development is an active process in which I, like all librarians, actively seek to build balanced collections of all types of books. Because we have an active and popular Teen MakerSpace, one of the things I actively look for are “maker” related books. These can be books that include any type of maker related […]

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.

MakerSpace: Tech Take Apart

If you’re library is like mine, you probably have a lot of old, nonfunctional tech laying around that you are waiting to discard. Don’t discard it – use it! One of my favorite activities to do with teens is Tech Take Apart. It’s really as simple as it seems, you give the teens some tools […]

TPiB: Sharpie Art! Quick and Easy Programming and MakerSpace Ideas

I’m not sure how it happened, but I am obsessed with Sharpies. They have proven to be very popular resources in our Teen MakerSpace. Yes, really. Whenever we have an activity in the Teen MakerSpace, we try to have corresponding books in the Teen MakerSpace. Sometimes we come up with an activity and search for […]

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.

MakerSpace: Making Fingerprint Pokemon Go Buttons

Pokemon Go is big – you’ve probably heard. So my library is like many libraries and we are trying to plan a Pokemon Go program for our patrons while the program is still hot. Yes, I know Pokemon has been popular for 20 years now, but this is a new level of popularity and we […]

MakerSpace: Community Feedback

On July 13, 2016, the most amazing letter to the editor appeared in the Mount Vernon News regarding the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). I tracked down the community member who had written the letter and got her permission to reproduce it here. As you can imagine, […]

MakerSpace: The Teen reviews The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH)

This summer my teenage daughter got to spend some time with me at my library in the Teen MakerSpace. (I work in a different state then we live, yes it’s weird.) As a mom, I was very excited that my daughter got to spend time with me at work. As a teen services librarian, I […]

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 […]

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

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An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

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.

Wisconsin District Successfully Appeals for Maker Spaces in Every School Library

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In a time when library funding is in short supply, the availability of a $17,200 grant was something of a rare opportunity for the Wauwatosa, WI school district.

MakerSpace: Button Maker Challenges

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we have found that one of the most popular activities among our teens is making buttons. We run into a lot of our teens around town that look like this: But we started to notice that teens were just coming in, printing of a […]

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.