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 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
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/