What is a Makerspace? Makerspaces are “collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… borne 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 borne out of a mindset of community partnership, collaboration and creation.’
Early Learning Kits
In our Children's Room, borrow a Gears Kit, a Time Kit, an American Sign Language Kit, a Strega Nona Play Set, or a Dollhouse Kit.
In our Children's Room Makerspace, children ages 7 & up and parents may:
- use STEM & Art Kits in the Makerspace
- find STEM & Art Kits to borrow for 2 weeks
- use our iPad loaded with educational apps
- use our Chromebook to browse the Internet.
STEM and Art Kits
STEM & Art Kits to be used in the Makerspace:
Code n' Go Robot Mouse, Snap Circuits Jr. & Snap Circuits Arcade, and a Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad.
STEM & Art Kits to take home for 2 weeks:
Animal X-Ray Kit, Architecture Kit, Bug Explorer Kit, Birdwatching Kit, Calligraphy Kit, Origami Kit, Piping Plover Birdwatching Kit, Snap Circuits Kit, Magnets Kit, Cardboard Construction Kit.
Children and parents can play games including: Harry Potter Clue, Lego Heroica, Catan Junior, and Labyrinth in our Makerspace, and borrow card games for two weeks.
Children’s Room iPad apps for ages 7 and up:
Club Activities for Makers & Artists
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.
Choosing Websites and Apps
For Children and Teens:
iPad Apps and Early Literacy
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