Author: Hannah

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KEN Cooks!

The Kensington Library is host to a new “cooking show” made by the library’s makers and sponsored by a Curiosity Creates grant from the Association for Library Service to Children, made possible through a generous donation by Disney. In our “KEN Cooks” program we are focusing on cooking recipes made from fresh local food. We started this program in November which… Read more →

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Elemental

This November Maker Jawn got down to the nitty-gritty. We explored the tiniest parts of our world to try and understand how we are all made up of the same substances and yet we are all so unique. From the periodic table of elements, to molecular structures, to DNA we explored the smallest structures of our world.        For… Read more →

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Spooky Science

  We have been trying a new system of following a theme across all the libraries that participate in MakerJawn programming. October’s theme of “Spooky Science” has turned our North Philly libraries into a real fright fest. From glowing LED jack-o-lanterns to sticky slime we have been having a screaming good time. At KEN we revisited circuit building to make… Read more →

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Learning Environments

At the Kensington Library making a learning environment that is accessible, friendly, and interactive has been the most effective way of reaching the most “difficult” children. When school is over and children flock to the library, the last thing they want is to sit still and be told what to do. For some, art activities and creativity come naturally but… Read more →

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Jason and The Makers

Jason is a Maker extraordinaire at the KEN neighborhood library. He has been updating our tumblr blog since the summer so we invited him to write a blog post for the MakerJawn site. Here it is! On a chilly day in September 2012 a quiet, shy 16 year old boy reluctantly makes his way into the Kensington Library, he is unaware… Read more →