November 23, 2015

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MakerSpace: The Proposal Stage

I have spent most of the second half of 2015 working with my Assistant Director and co-workers to turn the Teen Space into a MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). Below I will share with you the most recent version of our project outline, which has gone through a […]

STEAM Programs Sing in the Hands of Tricia Fuglestad


Lauded STEAM leader Tricia Fuglestad spells out how she makes the magic happen at the “intersection of art and science.” Circuitry projects, stop motion videos, and, of course, LEGO, are all part of the plan. She even has an idea for bolstering a common weak spot in maker spaces: sharing the learning.

MakerSpace: Unconventional Printing

Look, we all know that I am obsessed with photo apps and pictures of my kids. But it’s not just for me, it’s for the teens – I swear. One of my favorite teen programs I have ever done – and I have repeated it several times – is a program called Renovate Your Room. […]

New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs


Two experts in the maker movement, Allison Vannatta and Nick Taylor, shared hard-won secrets during SLJ’s online Maker Workshop.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space


Tips from Laura Fleming, author of “Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School.”

A Look at the Akron Public Library Mini Maker Faire

In September I went and visited the Akron Public Library in Ohio to check out it’s Mini Maker Faire. They had around 60 individuals and groups participate, setting up booths throughout the library. They began marketing the event early, giving people time to make their creations: While browsing the various exhibits I met some very […]

MakerSpace: Green Screen Tips

I spent part of my summer learning how to do green screen from my niece, who goes by The Mustache Man on YouTube. She saved up her birthday and Christmas money to buy a green screen. She is hard core about making movies for her YouTube channel. She writes a script, auditions her friends, has […]

MakerSpace: Making Movie Magic with Tweens and Teens in the Library

Later today I’m giving a webinar with the Florida Library Webinars on Making Movies with Tweens and Teens. Below is the powerpoint and a few additional links I have found to get you started. I’m not incredibly great at making movies, but this is a good tool to get you started with the basics. This […]

5 Reasons Why Maker Days/Labs/Spaces Can Trump Traditional Library Programming

As I approached my position as the YA coordinator at a new library, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was to evaluate my maker programming and try and recreate the parts of it that were successfull while making any necessary changes to improve on the model. And since it was a […]

MakerSpace: Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies

As part of our ongoing development of Maker Mondays, I decided to add a Stop Motion station near our Lego station this past Monday. While working at Betty Warmack Branch Libary (Grand Prairie, TX), I learned just how much tweens and teens like making stop motion movies or .GIFs. A little station fit in really […]

Thoughts on Our First Maker Mondays at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

We hosted our first Maker Monday yesterday at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) and it looked something like this: We had 7 stations with 6 activities: A button making station Bottle cap magnets LittleBits Strawbees Legos Ellison Shape Cutters and a Paper station for selecting and cutting papers for the […]

What I Learned from the Cincinnati MakerSpace, part 2: Maker Mondays

Last week, I mentioned that I visited the Cincinnati Public Library to see its fantastic MakerSpace. It is a large, open space located on the second floor that houses an impressive number of various maker tools, including a green screen, a recording booth, a 3D printer and more. They also have some low tech maker […]

Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition

In early June my colleague and I journeyed to the city of Cincinnati (OH) to tour their new MakerSpace. It was glorious in many ways. You can see pictures of that visit on the TLT Tumblr page here, here and here. I learned many things: 1. I can not consistently spell Cincinnati correctly. 2. A […]

Circulating Maker Kits, part two – Putting the Kits Together (with a book list)

As step three in our efforts to fully embrace the Maker movement, and in conjunction with our Maker Collection of circulating titles, we are putting together Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs) that will check out to the public and provide our community with some simple but fun hands on introductions to Making. The Public Library of […]

Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library. This is the process we went through to […]

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue


Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult


Colleen Graves, SLJ Maker Workshop speaker and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, describes how her little middle school library maker space grew to encompass an inter-school catapult challenge, an international network, and the support and enthusiasm of teachers.

Circulating Maker Kits: A Twist on Library MakerSpaces

The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is a small to medium sized library in a fairly conservative and small(ish) Midwest town. It’s landlocked and there isn’t a lot of floor space to revamp into a MakerSpace. But that doesn’t mean we can’t encourage Makers. So in order to better incorporate the Maker […]

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue


Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Creating and Using an iPad Technology Lab as Part of a Library Teen Makerspace

As part of my teen area Makerspace, I want to buy a number of iPads. Here is some of the information I have been putting together to discuss the who, what, when, where and why of it for my library administration. The iPad can be used in a variety of ways to incorporate more technology […]