May 25, 2017

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Maker Spaces and Books: It’s Not Either Or, It’s Both And

The other day a fellow librarian asked me if I had read a book yet and when I responded no, she replied, “oh that’s right, you’re all about making now, you don’t really do books anymore.” It has taken me a couple of days to process this information and to form a real response. The […]

Maker Mondays: How do you make those cool graphics for social media?

Branding. It’s a thing we talk a lot about in all walks of life, including libraries. And branding is more important than ever with our prolific use of social media. When you share something on social media, you want an image to share with your post that is easily recognizable, immediately associated with your brand, […]

How Fair Is Your Maker Space?

No matter your budget, the key to a successful program is getting everyone to the table.

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Take 5: MakerSpace Tools I Learned About at TLA 2017

I recently had the pleasure of attending – and speaking – at the annual Texas Library Association conference. Today I am going to share with you 5 Makerspace tools I learned about. MakeDo Cardboard Construction Kit Make Do are cardboard construction pieces that work as nuts and bolts for cardboard. This means that you can […]

MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace

When I first began transforming my teen space into a Teen MakerSpace, I was adamant that the space had to be tech, tech, tech heavy. All tech, all the time. I pushed back hard against suggestions that I should do things like have gel pens or paint. Part of my concern was legitimate, cost and […]

MakerSpace Madness: Out of the 1, Many – Transforming Art in Multiple Ways

I spent yesterday casually demonstrating to the teens in the Teen MakerSpace how one project can turn into many, many projects. Making isn’t just about making, it’s about re-making and transforming. It’s about thinking outside of the box. It’s about pushing the limits of what you know and learning new things. So yesterday we explored […]

MakerSpace: Low Tech, Low Cost “Screenprinting”

For some time now I have been on a quest to get a screen printing station into my Teen MakerSpace. My research involved reading a ton of books, a lot of trial and error and visiting a local art studio that did traditional screen printing. The big stumbling block for us is that to make […]

MakerSpace Madness: Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts

Like most teen services/ya librarians, I’m heavy in the midst of planning my teen summer reading programming. This will be the second year of planning that incorporates our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) and we know based on our experience from last year that our current model […]

MakerSpace: April National Poetry Month Activities

In the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we’re getting ready for National Poetry Month (April). We have a variety of activities that we will be hosting all month long in our makerspace using our materials to get teens thinking about and creating poetry. Some of our ideas […]

MakerSpace: Postcard Party

In an attempt to express my personal political frustrations, I recently hosted a postcard party. It turns out, with or without the politics, this is a great MakerSpace program. Making your own postcards is quicky, easy fun. Here’s what I did at home: I invited a group of friends to my home whom I knew […]

#MakerSpace: Typewriter Fun

We got a typewriter for our Teen MakerSpace. Yes, a typewriter. This may  not seem like a very high tech gadget to get for a MakerSpace, but it has proven to be a glorious addition. The idea came to me when I went to a Pinterest conference and they had a scrapbooking merchant who had […]

#MakerSpace: Typewriter Fun

We got a typewriter for our Teen MakerSpace. Yes, a typewriter. This may  not seem like a very high tech gadget to get for a MakerSpace, but it has proven to be a glorious addition. The idea came to me when I went to a Pinterest conference and they had a scrapbooking merchant who had […]

MakerSpace: Here There Be Stations, an overview of activities offered in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Because it is the beginning of the new year – and the end of our first full year of our Teen MakerSpace – we are in the midst of evaluating what we’ve done and what we want to do going forward. One of the things that has become abundantly clear is that we aren’t necessarily […]

What’s In Your Manual? : Forms Edition

This week, I have been desperately ill. It’s only a head cold and strep throat, but I will swear to you I have the plague. So yesterday I texted my boss and told her, “When I die, please bring the Teen MakerSpace manual to my funeral and tell everyone it was my greatest professional achievement.” […]

MakerSpace: Paper Circuits, an inexpensive way to introduce electronics with almost instant gratification

As the end of the year approached, I became acutely aware of the fact that we have a one month period between December and January when we can’t really make any purchases because we have to balance the books. So my goal was simple: fill in supplies and find a couple of new activities that […]

MakerSpace: Making a Photo Booth Prop Holder

Yesterday I completely re-arranged and marketed our Teen MakerSpace. As a librarian, this is indeed my idea of a good time. But one thing that has always bothered me is the way we display our Photo Booth Props. As you may know (if you don’t, hi new readers!), we have a lot of photo booth […]

Mackin Launches Maker Division

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

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: […]