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     
    •        Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad 
    •        Little Bits “Gizmos & Gadgets” electronics set
    •        Lego Simple Machines Set & Legos model kits
    •        Architectural Drafting set 
    •        Snap Circuits Jr.        
    •        Magnatiles         ​  
  • borrow these kits to take home for 2 weeks: 
    • ​Magnets kit; Gears kit; Time kit
    • Makedo construction kit
    • Snap Circuits electronics kit
    • Architectural Drafting/Home Design kit
    • Calligraphy kit



Children’s Room iPad for ages 7 and up

Current iPad apps include:



Club Activities for Makers, Artists & Gamers
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. 


Exploring STEM Learning at Home: from the Cape Cod STEM Network:     


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