MAKERSPACE

Makerspaces are “collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… born not out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but out of a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation.” [Library as Incubator Project]

Public libraries are perfect homes for makerspaces, because libraries are the original ‘learning environments born out of a mindset of community partnership, collaboration and creation.

 




Makerspace Kits for ages 7 and up
In our Makerspace, children ages 7 and up with parental supervision can explore their world by using hands-on STEAM kits [‘STEAM’ means STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) plus Art.] 
                                                   


Children and parents may:
  • use our iPad loaded with educational apps
  • use our Chromebook to browse the internet 
  • use these kits in the Makerspace:
    •        Code &  Go Robot Mouse activity set
    •        Bloxels coding game
    •        Little Bits “Gizmos & Gadgets” electronics set
    •        Lego Simple Machines Set & Legos model kits
    •        an Architectural Drafting set 
    •        Snap Circuits Jr.        
    •        Magnatiles  
    •        Arts & Crafts kit.      
 
  • borrow these kits to take home for 2 weeks: 
    • ​Magnets kit
    • Makedo construction kit
    • Snap Circuits electronics kit
    • Architectural Drafting/Home Design kit
    • Night Sky kit
    • Kits for 3-6 year olds:
      • Gears kit
      • Time kit.


Children’s Room iPad for ages 7 and up

Current iPad apps include:

              

 

Makers Club Activities 
On school holidays and half-days we offer a variety of hands-on "Makers Club" activities.  Stay tuned to the library’s Events Calendar for details.

Parents or educators wishing to book the Makerspace for a 1-hour small-group "Makers Club" event are asked to schedule a time with the children's room staff. 


 
Choosing Websites and Apps for Children and Teens:   
 
iPad Apps and Early Literacy
https://www.slideshare.net/elloyd74/ipad-apps-early-literacy-25-fantastic-free-apps-for-prereaders
 
CommonSense Media
https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks
 
American Library Association - Best Websites
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites
 
American Library Association - Best Apps
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/apps
 
Horn Book Magazine - What Makes a Good Picture Book App
http://www.hbook.com/2012/02/using-books/what-makes-a-good-picture-book-app/
Recommended Apps & eBooks  (2013)
http://www.hbook.com/2013/12/choosing-books/recommended-books/recommended-apps-e-books/
 
7 Apps for Student Creators
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-for-student-creators-monica-burns
 
20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Apps
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/20-awesome-byod-mobile-apps-vicki-davis
 
School Library Journal -  Top 10 Apps
http://www.slj.com/2016/12/reviews/best-of/top-10-apps-2016/