November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

MakerSpace: Mixed Media Collage and Recycling Books

For a variety of reasons, libraries are just as much in the business of getting rid of books as they are purchasing them. One, having shelf space for the new means we have to get rid of the old. Many books become outdated, inaccurate, overly worn, and no longer popular. So yes, we discard books. […]

MakerSpace: Low Tech, Low Cost Printmaking

Recently while cruising the craft store I came across two items that greatly intrigued me: 1) A Gelli Printing plate 2) Jane Davenport acrylic stamps These are two different types of art styles, but I used the inspiration of both and realized that it is a type of monoprinting or printingmaking that is being done […]

TPiB: Emoji Fortune Tellers

Sometimes an amazing craft idea has to change direction to make it work. That’s what happened with this project, for a few reasons. First, the inspiration: How cool is that?! A DIY Magic 8 Ball is something my coworker and I stumbled upon while preparing for our superstition-filled Friday The 13th escape room, and it […]

MakerSpace: Using a Silhouette Cameo to Do Screenprinting

This summer as part of our Summer of Shirts, we did a very low-tech version of screen printing, which turned out to be incredibly popular. So I was excited to learn that the Silhouette Cameo can be used to do a more traditional type of screenprinting. It works really well and I HIGHLY recommend it. […]

Silhouette Cameo 101: The Manual It Doesn’t Come With, But Should (MakerSpace)

I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how to use and evaluating the Silhouette Cameo for our Teen Makerspace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). You can read my initial thoughts here: MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo […]

View from the Director’s Chair Part II: Narrative Filmmaking by Lynette Pitrak

Since its inception in the fall of 2014, Downers Grove Public Library’s teens have been busy creating in our Media Lab! Teens have created documentary films in our Viewfrom the Director’s Chair workshop, photography in our Viewfrom Behind the Lens workshop, and music demo recordings in View from the Sound Booth. The creativity, passion, and […]

MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101

Earlier today,  I talked about the Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter: MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review. So if you buy a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll probably be making a variety of vinyl projects. Not all vinyl is the same, so here’s a little Vinyl 101 brought to you by high school librarian Dani Fouser. […]

MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review

This past week TLTer Robin Willis came and spent the week with me and visited my library (The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio) and the Teen MakerSpace. Her visit coincided with the exploration and evaluation of a Silhouette Cameo 3 machine which we are considering for the Teen MakerSpace. Here’s what […]

Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

SLJTeenLive: Building a Teen MakerSpace on a Budget

This summer I was honored to participate in the SLJTeenLive event (if you have never attended, you are missing out on a wealth of information so put it on your calendar for next year). I also wrote an article about it for SLJ which you can read here. Today I am sharing my slides with […]

A Student-Designed Maker Cart

These Florida middle schoolers prototyped a stylish commercial storage bin, thanks to a design challenge and partnership with a furniture manufacturer.

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MakerSpace: DIY Iron On Patches

Our newest MakerSpace station at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County was inspired by a teen I know in Texas, and it has proven to be very popular. Technique Used: Cross Stitch Supplies Needed: Cross stitch fabric Craft floss Cross stitch needles Small cross stitch hoop Small scissors Small cross stitch patterns […]

I Went to a STEAMFest and This is What I Learned

Monday night our local school district – where I live, not where I work – hosted a district wide STEAMFest and I took my family, but I also went to scope things out – as one does. Overall, this was a well crafted event that I would love to host (on a slightly smaller scale) […]

Top Tool Takeaway: Summer Edition

Offerings include 16 ways to “Be Internet Awesome,” maker space tips for an “evil genius,” and more.

MakerSpace: Outreach Activity – Book Face

I can obviously not begin to take credit for the fabulous idea of Book Face as it is undoubtedly something that you have seen all over the Internet. What I want to share with you, however, is how we did our Book Face and why we chose to do it in the way that we […]

SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview

On Wednesday I am honored to be a part of this year’s SLJTeenLive event. I will be talking with several other librarians about library programming “On a Budget”. I, specifically, will be talking about creating a Teen Makerspace on a budget. You can find a preview of my presentation here at SLJ. You can register […]

MakerSpace: Legos! The one tool every makerspace needs?

I maintain that a genuine staple of a good MakerSpace can be found in Legos. Make no mistake, Legos are not cheap, but they have a versatility about them. And you can get around the cost of Legos by buying random bulk packages off of Amazon. You have no idea what kinds of pieces you […]

MakerSpace: How to turn a photo into a silhouette – and make it into a book page button of course!

Arguably one of the most complicated buttons I have ever made involved learning how to use GIMP to turn a portrait into a silhouette PNG which I could then use for other types of art. To be fair, I set out to make this button because I wanted to learn how to cut a person […]

MakerSpace: How to Design a Button

Button, button, who makes the button? I do! Teens do! But how? Today in the second part of our series on buttons in the Teen MakerSpace, I want to talk with you some very basics about designing a button. For the purpose of this discussion a button insert will refer to your final circle image […]

MakerSpace: The #ButtonFun Gallery

Earlier today I shared with you a summary post about button making in makerspaces. Using the hashtag #ButtonFun, I and some Twitter followers have been sharing our favorite button making tips and a gallery of our creations. Here’s a roundup.   The #ButtonFun Gallery// Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Jul 17 2017 20:33:04 Edit The #ButtonFun […]