The Unquiet Librarian posted today about the concept of libraries as Makerspaces, a place where people can explore interests, use new tools and materials, and develop creative projects. The Maker movement is a growing trend, with Makerfaires popping up all over the country where all generations can share creative projects and ideas. Are there any readers of our blog that are now involved in Maker or Makerlike creative projects? What are your ideas on how libraries can become a springboard for makers, movers, shakers and creative learners?
The concept of libraries as makerspaces first hit my radar last November when I read about the Fayetteville Free Library’s FabLab. As I began hearing more buzz about libraries and makerspaces the first few months of this year, I decided that learning more about this concept and exploring how I might apply the elements of makerspaces to my library program would be a personal learning project for the summer.
So what is a makerspace? Makerspace defines it as:
Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety…
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