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Cool Bird Houses

When I first read over Bryan’s wooden birdhouse curriculum, I felt excited to be bringing carpentry into the library and introducing the makers to new “heavier-duty” tools and construction materials. But I was also intimidated by the prospect of a handsaw and hammer in a crowded room full of rambunctious kids. How would we make this loud, messy, and possibly… Read more →

Pittsburgh Trip Reflection

Pittsburgh Trip Reflection A few of our Maker Mentors went to Pittsburgh to visit another MakerSpace, called TheLabs.  Here are just some reflections from the trip. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TheLabs Differences: They have few mentors with just 5 mentors (including their project manager) They only have programming at 3-4 locations They work closely with the Teen Specialists at their libraries (who are also consider… Read more →

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“KEN Cooks” Finale!

This spring the Kensington library hosted a party for the children and families that have participated in “KEN Cooks”, a special Maker Jawn program made possible by a Curiosity Creates grant given to us by the Association for Library Service to Children. The party included a screening of all the cooking shows we have made during the program, including a special “behind the… Read more →

The uniqueness of being maker (or how I stopped worrying and learned to love hot glue).

May was a month of much self-reflection for this maker mentor.  I started thinking about how I could lessen my footprint on the daily programing.  We have been to ask to think about our collaborations with other programs and people in the library system.  And lastly, I’ve wondered about my place in this program and the future of the program… Read more →