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February 11, 2016

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Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

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How one public librarian researched, budgeted, and created the best maker space for her customers over the course of six months.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“We Get Long Island School Librarians Hooked on Making!”

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This dynamic duo spearheaded a Day of Making, winning over local colleagues who were on the fence about trying to bring makerspaces to their schools.

Book Art with Christina and Ruth

One of the sessions I truly regretted missing at the recent NJASL Fall Conference was the very popular, hands-on Fold a Word: Book Art in Your Library session with Christina Cucci and Ruth Quiles. So, I asked my new friends if they’d consider a do-over to share.  They graciously accepted that invitation in this Hangout. […]

Tips for Celebrating Hour of Code at Your Library | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers ways librarians can jumpstart computer programming activities with kids and teens during Hour of Code, taking place December 7–13.

Team Blanket Making—Intergenerational programming for teens… and adults

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Heather Booth discovers a new way to bring an intergenerational maker program—and benefit the community—to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

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No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

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Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker station at the ISTE Librarians Network Digital Age Playground at the 2015 ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

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

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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.

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

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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.

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

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Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

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

Craft Work: the value of making by hand | The Maker Issue

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Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs

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

Maker Librarians Bring It to SXSWEdu 2015

School librarians Colleen Graves and Leah Mann present on makerspaces to a packed room at SXSWEdu 2015.

Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Five Trends That Make 2015 Worth Celebrating| Editorial

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The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.

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

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

“Get out there and make something!”: Sylvia’s super awesome new book

Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids.  I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]

Engaged in Maker Activities at Your Library? We’d Like to Know.

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Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.

(Rethinking) Makerspaces

(Rethinking) Makerspaces

Kids have always made in my library. We encouraged digital and visual and dramatic and rhetorical creativity before, during, and after school.  But for a while, I’ve questioned the value of using already heavily used real estate to randomly carve out space for a 3D printer, electronics stations and sewing machines. I had my doubts […]

Happy Campers: Librarians Discuss, Brainstorm, and Make at Annual KidLibCamp Unconference

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Librarians from New England, New York, and New Jersey met to discuss top topics and share best practices at the sixth annual KidLibCamp at Darien Library.

Let’s Talk Tech: Tour de Tech at Arapahoe Library District

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The Arapahoe Library District’s (ALD) recent technology fair, Tour de Tech, left the public talking tech—and about libraries as community hubs for difficult-to-access technologies. Seventy percent of attendees who filled out an evaluation had never attended a library event before.