July 26, 2016

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Trend Alert: Kite-Making Workshops

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We’ve caught wind of a new trend—kite-making workshops taking place in libraries across the country. Here’s what’s up—and away!

Follett Launches New Maker Space Bundles for K–12 Libraries

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Designed to make starting a maker space quicker and easier, the pre-packaged supplies are specific to grade levels.

SLJ Reviews the littleBits STEAM Student Set

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Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.

Mobile Maker Spaces

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Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

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

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

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Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

The DOE, the Makerspace Challenge and you (if you act now!)

For those of you secondary school folks planning, or planning to enhance, makerspaces in your libraries, check out the news from the White House and act before the April 1st deadline! A press release shared that Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. asked that Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and […]

Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

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Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

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Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set at SXSWEdu

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LittleBits has launched the STEAM Student Set, the first version of the popular electronic building blocks geared for the education market.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

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Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day

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Here’s how a tiny, can-do team from Piscataway, NJ started an annual tradition celebrating maker culture statewide—and how you can too.

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.