School Library Makerspaces in Action

147p. further reading. index. websites. Libraries Unlimited/ Teacher Ideas. Mar. 2018. pap. $36. ISBN 9781440856969.
Moorefield-Lang compiles case studies of elementary, middle, and high school library makerspaces. Contributors thoughtfully detail a variety of makerspaces and discuss libraries with a range of budgets and scheduling types. Low-tech projects that use paper and glue are listed alongside high-tech ones that rely on Ozobots and Spheros. Sarah Justice describes how she developed a makerspace in her library after feeling less needed when her district went 1:1. At Phil Goerner's high school, students teach one another to use devices such as 3-D printers. Gina Seymour explores how makerspaces can meet the needs of special education students and English-language learners. Some of the best entries focus on collaborations with history, English, and other teachers.
VERDICT Whether readers are starting small or thinking big, they'll find this a valuable resource for fostering critical thinking and creativity.

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