Month: December 2013


Letter from Thailand: Youth Maker Spaces and the Importance of Staff Development

Libraries and museums across the United States are building youth maker spaces and programming in an effort to broaden free, community-embedded educational opportunities. However, the tech enthusiasts who are championing the programming comprise a small percentage of library or museum staff. Many remain skeptical or unconvinced; they may already be stretched too thin in their job, or they may think… Read more →

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Webinar Recap: Making Programming on the Library Floor, Part 1

Yesterday we hosted our first of three webinars for our Design It * Make It *Share It* LSTA-funded grant with four Free Library staff members (Khaleef, Barbara, K-Fai, and BK), Molly Dickerson (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Public Library) and Dara Schmidt (Anythink Libraries, Colorado). The conversation was fantastic. We focused on our experience planning and beginning a makerspace in… Read more →


Maker Jawn @ Kensington

The past two months have been a blast at the Kensington branch! It’s been an incredible experience getting to know the young makers who come in and out of the library. We’ve had fun partaking in a whole array of activities, including but not limited to: Soldering together keyboards and noise toys, making musical beats on the MaKey MaKey, filming… Read more →


Join us online tomorrow!

Hey Everyone! Tomorrow, Thursday, December 19, 2013, the Maker Jawn Team will be hosting a webinar via Google Hangouts/Youtube! Maker Jawn: Maker Programming on the Library Floor, Part I: Design It Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) Link: Design It * Make It * Share It  is a Library Services and Technology Act-funded project… Read more →


Maker Celebration 12/14!!

Thanks, to everyone that attended our second Maker Celebration, this past Saturday! Despite the weather, more than 270 makers of all ages packed the lobby of the Central Library in honor of making stuff! Participants created Coppertape Circuits and Kindness cards, messed around with remote controlled Robots, helped to develop a new Connected Messages board, snapped photos in front of… Read more →

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Maker Celebration on Saturday, December 14th!

We couldn’t be more excited for our second Maker Celebration! Come to the lobby of our Parkway Central Library on this Saturday, December 14th from 11:00am to 3:00pm to play with and learn about how you can incorporate low-cost, easy-to-learn creative technology in your home and classroom. We’ll have maker stations set up where you can create beats with pizza… Read more →