Let's Make

A guide for promoting making in libraries

Ideas for activities and services

Look for ideas on activities in a library makerspace or a digital media lab? Ways to support learning and help residents to better use the equipment, software and resources? Check out some of these:

 

The Studio – Anythink Libraries, Rangeview Library District

Artists in Residence: local artists and creative community members volunteer to support young people with their projects on graphic and industrial design, writing and recording music, and screenwriting.

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The Studio – Arapahoe Library District

Idea: tutorials / How-to videos available on the library’s webiste

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Digital Media Lab – Town of Chapel Hill Public Library

Idea: media equipment kits available for checkout

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4th Floor – Chattanooga Public Library

Idea: Arduino Users Group

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TechCenral – Cleveland Public Library

Idea: MakerLab Hands-on and Creative Programming (workshops on making and creating)

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Digital Media Lab – Darien Library

Idea: Gangnam Style parody as a library commercial made in the Digital Media Lab

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ideaLAB – Denver Public Library

Idea – project cards – downloadable tutorials on using specific tools for creation

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Idea: Digital badges earned for learning new skills

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Idea: ‘toy hacking’ workshops, where participants break apart old toys and create new ones.

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HYPE Makerspace – Detroit Public Library

Idea: The Bike Tech (bike repair ‘laboratory’) established in partnership with The Hub of Detroit bicycle shop.

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Idea: Crafternoon – Workshops on papercraft, knitting, cross-stitch etc., using Pinterest as a source of new ideas

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Makerspace – East Baton Parish Library

Idea: dedicated LibGuides for makers – “Making @ the Library”: instruction, guides, educational videos, suggested books and maker projects

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FabLab – Fayetteville Free Library

Idea: Little Makers – a space for inspiring children’s creativity

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MakerSpace – Johnson County Library

Idea – 3D printed prosthesis for a handicapped child

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Idea: list of maker-related books in the library catalog

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Digital Media Labs – Ela Area Public Library in Zurich

Idea: a binder with simple Quick Start Guides for most of the software and hardware products (also available on the website as downloadable documents)

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The Bubbler – Madison Public Library

Idea: workshops on creating book trailers

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Imagine Space – Ottawa Public Library

idea: 3D Printing Roadshow – local 3D printing experts are demonstrating the creative capabilities of this technology

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Creation Station – Palm Beach County Library System

Idea: website available to the public to publish, store and share their digital works (photos, music, podcasts, videos) with the community

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MACH1 – Phoenix Public Library

Idea: Cyborg Factory (use simple tools, e.g., Altoids tins, toothbrush heads, cups and plastic bottles to build your own vibrating mini-robot (for scientists, 8 – 14 years old).

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Digital Innovation Hubs – Toronto Public Library

Idea: 3D printing certification classes

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Digital Commons – DC Public Library, Washington D.C.

Idea: In exchange for free co-working space in the Dream Lab, each individual or organizational members is required to provide a minimum of one (1) hour of public programming per month related to information technologies and/or digital literacy.

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MakerSpace – The Westport Library

Idea: Maker-in-Residence program – workshops with guest makers

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