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 […]
Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.
Remember the scene in Singing in the Rain where Donald O’Connor magically dances on the walls? Remember Fred Astaire’s famous ceiling dance in Royal Wedding? Till now kids’ work with interlocking blocks has been bound to tables and floors and a few installations of LEGO walls. (See Diana Rendina’s epic instructions.) Till now blocks kinda […]
Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.
In his history of the digital revolution, The Innovators, Walter Isaacson reveals Ada Lovelace’s significant legacy–that the humanities and technology could happily coexist as a poetical science. This particular coexistence, he notes, does not usually exist in our schools. Many people who celebrate the arts and the humanities, who applaud vigorously the tributes to their […]
A new report examines this burgeoning group, their resources, and how they can better attain their goal of connecting with students and the community.
Collection development is an active process in which I, like all librarians, actively seek to build balanced collections of all types of books. Because we have an active and popular Teen MakerSpace, one of the things I actively look for are “maker” related books. These can be books that include any type of maker related […]
An elementary school librarian quickly assembled an inexpensive LEGO wall with donated LEGO bricks, crowdsourced advice, and good humor.
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!
Along with President Obama’s announcement of the 2016 National Week of Making, June 17–23, he described two other initiatives to support maker spaces and technical education in schools.
Projects for rainy days, party crafts, classroom activities: the books in this section have got you covered when it’s time to bust out the glue or bake some cupcakes
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.