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 →
My Experience With Intergenerational Programming Thus Far
Intergenerational Programming One of the many things that I realized as a Floater Mentor is that we continuously have little to no intergenerational programming at many of our sites. There is usually only a few of the older teens who attend Maker Jawn Programming on a regularly basis. Some sites may have more than others, but overall not as much as… Read more →
Spring growth at McPherson Square
What a joy it is to work at Maker Jawn. As a person with a teacher’s heart, I love the energy of learning, the twinkle in the eye when a student has the ah-ha moment. This past month we tried a little carpentry. We began making birdhouses. It was a project that yielded many an ah-ha and several pleasant surprises.… Read more →
All Staff Day 2016
EVENT REVIEW: All Staff Day DATE: April 20, 2016 It was my first All Staff Day with the Free Library of Philadelphia, so I did not know what to expect. I arrived at Central Library first thing in the morning, and was surprised to see so many people. However, I was quite pleased to see a few familiar faces. Maker Jawn ran two workshops… Read more →
The line between experimenting and destroying.
Since joining the Maker Jawn team, I’ve watched many kids break a number of different tools. Most notably a button-pin maker, a sewing machine and a blender. None of these were broken beyond repair but they were out of commission until myself or another mentor could fix them outside of scheduled programming. Being the newest mentor with the program, one of… Read more →