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.
The Studio – Arapahoe Library District
Idea: tutorials / How-to videos available on the library’s webiste
Digital Media Lab – Town of Chapel Hill Public Library
Idea: media equipment kits available for checkout
4th Floor – Chattanooga Public Library
Idea: Arduino Users Group
TechCenral – Cleveland Public Library
Idea: MakerLab Hands-on and Creative Programming (workshops on making and creating)
Digital Media Lab – Darien Library
Idea: Gangnam Style parody as a library commercial made in the Digital Media Lab
ideaLAB – Denver Public Library
Idea – project cards – downloadable tutorials on using specific tools for creation
Idea: Digital badges earned for learning new skills
Idea: ‘toy hacking’ workshops, where participants break apart old toys and create new ones.
HYPE Makerspace – Detroit Public Library
Idea: The Bike Tech (bike repair ‘laboratory’) established in partnership with The Hub of Detroit bicycle shop.
Idea: Crafternoon – Workshops on papercraft, knitting, cross-stitch etc., using Pinterest as a source of new ideas
Makerspace – East Baton Parish Library
Idea: dedicated LibGuides for makers – “Making @ the Library”: instruction, guides, educational videos, suggested books and maker projects
FabLab – Fayetteville Free Library
Idea: Little Makers – a space for inspiring children’s creativity
MakerSpace – Johnson County Library
Idea – 3D printed prosthesis for a handicapped child
Idea: list of maker-related books in the library catalog
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)
The Bubbler – Madison Public Library
Idea: workshops on creating book trailers
Imagine Space – Ottawa Public Library
idea: 3D Printing Roadshow – local 3D printing experts are demonstrating the creative capabilities of this technology
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
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).
Digital Innovation Hubs – Toronto Public Library
Idea: 3D printing certification classes
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.
MakerSpace – The Westport Library
Idea: Maker-in-Residence program – workshops with guest makers