December 7, 2016

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TPiB: The Great Ornament Hack

Every once in a while, I feel like I have a moment of genius (it’s not often). This Teen MakerSpace activity was one of those moments, I hope. I was standing in Michael’s when I saw this big tube of clear plastic ornaments. In the past, I have done the paint inside the ornament craft […]

MakerSpace: Fun with Lettering and Quarto Books

Lettering might seem like an odd thing to discuss when it comes to making, but there are lots of great ways that you can include lettering with making. If you have read any of my makerspace posts, you know that I have mentioned how my teens tend to be into more traditional arts and crafts […]

5 Publishers That Will Rock Your MakerSpace

Although I have a totally spectacular (if not a little too small) teen fiction collection at my library, I also have a totally rocking (if not a little too small) collection of Maker books in my Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). In fact, we have a rule: […]

5 Publishers That Will Rock Your MakerSpace

Although I have a totally spectacular (if not a little too small) teen fiction collection at my library, I also have a totally rocking (if not a little too small) collection of Maker books in my Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). In fact, we have a rule: […]

#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 […]

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 Coloring Postcards: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 5

Although we have a Teen MakerSpace that tends to be technology focused, we have also found that our teens want and enjoy a lot of more traditional arts and crafts. In fact, we have created both a drawing and teen coloring station in our Teen MakerSpace and both have proven to be very popular. So […]

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Here we are, day 4 discussing outreach and let’s talk about making chalkboard speech bubbles as photo booth props. Full disclosure: I have awful penmanship. I write myself notes and then later, I have no idea what they say. None. So I was worried about how we were going to make our speech bubbles for […]

Making Photo Booth Props: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 3

As promised, today is day 3 in discussing our outreach modules at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and we will be discussing making our own photo booth props for our portable photo booth that I shared with you yesterday. Why make your own props? Well, I figured since we are a […]

Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 2

Yesterday I shared with you that this week was all about outreach and introduced you to our basic format. Today, I’m going to share with you how we created our portable outreach photo booth. Our primary outreach event is called First Fridays, which is a downtown festival with food trucks, an outdoor concert, and an […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]