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 small Makerspace, parents and children ages 7 and up can borrow hands-on STEAM kits for in-the-library-makerspace-area-only use.  [‘STEAM’ means STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) plus Art.]  

Our Makerspace kits include:
         -- a Little Bits “Gizmos & Gadgets” electronics set
        --  Lego Simple Machines Set
        --  Lego model kits  
        --  Snap Circuits Jr. 

        --  an Arts & Crafts kit
        --  a Girders & Panels building kit.

Children’s Room iPad for ages 7 and up

Current iPad apps include:


The iPad may be used by a child ages 7 and up and a parent/caregiver who is present in the Children's Room for the entire length of time that the iPad is being used.

Makerspace Programs 
Our Makerspace will also be the launchpad for a variety of upcoming STEAM programs, including hands-on engineering/design challenges during our ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program.

Stay tuned to the library’s Events Calendar for details.

Choosing Websites and Apps for Children and Teens:   
iPad Apps and Early Literacy
CommonSense Media
American Library Association - Best Websites
American Library Association - Best Apps
Horn Book Magazine - What Makes a Good Picture Book App
Recommended Apps & eBooks  (2013)
7 Apps for Student Creators
20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Apps
School Library Journal -  Top 10 Apps