I missed you for the last few weeks! I was busy launching my Jamberry business and writing my 5-year plan for our library. Part of my 5-year plan is to incorporate maker spaces into our school library.
I’ve got a collaborative Pinterest board about Library Makerspaces. (Give me your Pinterest name in a comment if you’d like to be added to our board.) I’ve been thinking for several months about maker spaces, and how they differ from library centers.
I think that maker spaces are more open-ended and allow for more freedom of expression than library centers. In my transformed library space, I plan to have a technology maker space, a building maker space, and an art maker space. I’ll keep you posted throughout this process, and I will still have library centers, too.
In our district, we are shifting our resources from print to a mix of print and digital resources. This opens up shelves and areas for our planned maker spaces. I’ve planned three for our library: technology, building, and art.
Technology Maker Space: This area will have iPads and netbooks available for students to create and problem solve. I’ll have task cards that they can choose from, directing them to sites like fantasticcontraption.com, or Scratch, or Lego Movie Maker. I’ll have a charging cart for these devices to live in at night and re-charge.
Building Maker Space: I’ll have building tools, and possibly building challenges on task cards. It could look like this photo from teenlibrariantoolbox.com. This will be an area for hands-on construction.
They could design something like this, from FrugalFun4Boys.
Makerspaces. Will they be messy? Yes. Will they make noise? Almost certainly. But I think we can all see that our schools do not provide enough time, space, or tools to allow students to create. They spend most of their day consuming and absorbing information. We can step into that gap and restore playful construction to our buildings.
If you’ve already set up a maker space in your library, I would love to hear from you in a comment. I’d like to get some guest posts to add different viewpoints to our discussion!