Keep Calm, Love Fashion

    At Marrero we accomplished something great: a completely youth driven longterm project! Without any prompting or cajoling by Mentors, two participants decided that they wanted to plan a library fashion show. Other participants quickly got on board, and we started the planning process. Together, we made a sign-up for participation, a task list, and a list of items to be… Read more →

What’s Been Going on at Paschalville

The past two months at the Paschalville Neighborhood library have been super fun! Participants have engaged in a diverse range of activities including song writing, recording, beat making, storytelling, programming, pico-cricket boards, stop motion, and more.   Here’s a soundcloud playlist with some of the stories and songs we recorded in September.   Here’s a video of the Cat Box… Read more →


Widener Library Garden Reflections

This past spring, a visiting artist’s workshop on terrariums inspired us to build ourselves a hay bale garden at Widener library. I asked a program participant who worked on the garden all summer to reflect on what she learned and she created this animation: Although we planted a wider variety of plants, we had most success with growing sunflowers and… Read more →


Making Movies in Public Libraries

This September the children and adults (Makers) of the Kensington Library Maker Jawn program began working on our 3rd movie of 2014. Our maker mentor, Shanise, helped guide the children in adapting Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are into a new spooky movie idea aptly named Where the Spooky Things Are. We set ourselves a Halloween deadline for the… Read more →

? Sculpture Challenge ?

Maker Mentors at Rodriguez neighborhood library have been posing sculpture challenges to the young makers. Each maker gets an envelope that contains a random assortment of objects, including but not limited to pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pom po poms odds and ends from the collection of single lost earrings, broken toys, and other oddities. Their challenge is to make a sculpture using all or some of… Read more →

Making Maker Space

  Many of the kids that come to maker space at Rodriguez come everyday, it is their place to tinker with electronics, learn new skills in building and designing, and hang out. In a conversation with one of these kids I asked her what it felt like being a “Maker”, to which she asked “why are you always using that word,… Read more →