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Intro to Sewing with Finger Puppets

    We had six and seven year olds stitching like pros with this super simple activity. All you need issome felt or other non-stretchy fabric, needles and thread, glue, and any craft supplies or knick knacks that you may have laying around for decoration. I start out by showing kids an example finger puppet and asking them what they… Read more →

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Maker Jawn talks Teaching Teens How to Fail at PALA

Maker Jawn was pleased to speak at this years Pennsylvania Library Association conference. The talk, Teaching Teens How to Fail, was delivered by Sari Widman, Goda Trakumaite, Bobby Raggazion, and Brandon Klevence (with a lovely introduction by Lillian Marrero branch manager Rebekah Ray). Listen to the talk below!  We discussused how Maker Jawn started, our education philosophy, and how librarians (or really… Read more →

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Self-Directed Mask Making

I can’t say I ever really enjoyed school as a kid. Maybe I was subconsciously rebelling against my academic parents or just hated being forced to sit in a classroom on sunny days, but for whatever reason, formal education just wasn’t my bag. It wasn’t until I took a photography class in 10th grade that I started actually looking forward… Read more →

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Maker Jawn Teaches Copper Tape Notebooking at Girls on Fire

  Maker Jawn recently participated in the Girls on Fire workshop. Organized by Philadelphia educators and community organizers Samuel Reed III and Peggy Marie Savage, Girls on Fire was geared towards sparking and sustaining the creative interests of middle school and high school age girls. The program was part of an initiative to give kids a summer head start in… Read more →