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
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.]  
Osterville Village Library patrons with current CLAMS ID cards may check out our Makerspace kits or our iPad Air2 after they sign a simple Device/Kit Loan Agreement to be kept on file at the library. 

 Our Makerspace kits include:
        --  a Little Bits “Gizmos & Gadgets” electronics set
        --  Lego model kits  
        --  an Arts & Crafts kit
        --  a Girders & Panels building kit.

Children’s Room iPad
Parents/caregivers can check out an iPad Air2 for use in the Children’s Room. While the iPad is not meant to be used for emailing, messaging, Facebooking, downloading, etc. we’re selecting some quality learning apps to load onto the iPad, and more will be added each month. Currently children and parents can:
  • read along with stories on the high-quality Reading Rainbow app
  • Create Lego or cut-paper animations using the iMotion stop-motion app
  • control our Gizmos & Gadgets set with the Little Bits app.
 The iPad may be used:
  • by a child ages 7 and up and a parent/caregiver who is present and actively involved in the use of the iPad for the entire length of time that the iPad is borrowed, or
  • by a parent/caregiver with a small group of children, provided the parent/caregiver retains control of the iPad at all times.

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