Thinking beyond Maker Jawn

I have been working with Maker Jawn for the past two months and enjoy going to work everyday where I get to foster participant’s learning in a safe, interest driven, environment. The library feels like a haven space for me, as a Mentor, and I think it is safe to say that the Makers have a similar feeling. One of Maker… Read more →

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Maker Jawn Website Updates

We’ve been updating our website by adding more resources and showcasing some projects that program participants have worked on over the past year. Some highlights include videos of our 3-part Maker Programming on the Library Floor LSTA Webinar, a documentary about homelessness that inter-generational programming participants made for a college class with Maker Mentor Sean at Cecil B. Moore Library,… Read more →

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Maker Jawn Curriculum

The Maker Jawn Mentors have all been developing curriculum based on activities that work well at our sites. The curriculum page of our website already features over 30 guides, and we’ll be adding more each month. Most of the curriculum aims to introduce skills that participants can go on to use for self-directed projects, and each guide suggests open-ended ideas for… Read more →

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Maker Jawn Rides in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

This year the Maker Mentors and participants of Maker Jawn had the pleasure of participating in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. With the help of Stephen Horscha from Haley Trikes, we built a spectacular tricycle with giant paper mache books all decorated by the young makers of Maker Jawn. Kids from throughout the North Philly Neighborhood Cluster collaborated on our sculpture. Participants… Read more →

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Everything I’ve Ever Learned from Maker Jawn (Because You Should Never Be Afraid to Ask)

This week is my last week working with Maker Jawn. After nearly a year and a half of spending my afternoons working with kids, developing projects, and being a part of an amazing team of creative, caring, and innovative Maker Mentors, it’s difficult to say goodbye not for a lack of interest, but for a lack of continued funding for… Read more →