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The Challenge of E-Textiles at Marrero

We’ve been having fun exploring E-Textiles, otherwise known as “Soft Circuits”. The age range of children seems to be from 8 – 12 yrs, so it becomes really important to “meet them where they are”. Sometimes we start with paper circuits using copper tape/LEDs and then move them later to stitching conductive thread/LEDs. The children like copper tape because it… Read more →


Upcoming webinar alert: *Make It* – featuring Maker Mentors!

Join us on a youtube streamed webinar on Thursday, February 20th from 11:00am-12:00pm EST as we talk about what it’s been like to implement Maker Mentors as part of our Library Services and Technology Act grant, Design It * Make It * Share It. We’ll discuss methods, philosophy, best practices, and more, and will give time at the end for… Read more →


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 →

Community-Embedded Design: Connected Messages at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Connected Messages is a maker initiative funded by a Project:Connect grant, and developed by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and School of Design ( It was implemented in five library locations across Philadelphia during the summer of 2013. The goal was to introduce youth to electronics and technology through the lens of art and community dialogue. We built… Read more →