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Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library.

makerspaceThis is the process we went through to establish the collection.

1. Collection Codes and Definitions

Before we began, we had to figure out the technical aspects of starting a new collection. This meant discussing things like collection codes, spine labels, circulation periods, etc. We use Polaris and it was pretty easy for our Tech Services staff to put together the necessary collection codes for us. We decided to label them MS for MakerSpace and TS created special spine labels for them. This first step was actually the easiest part of the entire process.

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2. Evaluating the Current Collection

Next we began actually trying to build the collection. The first thing we did was to go through all the items we actually had on the shelves and decide if we wanted to keep them where they were or re-catalog them and move them to the MS collection. We discovered we had quite a few titles on hand that we felt could easily fit into this collection and we pulled them. As I type this TS in the process of re-cataloging them for us (thank you TS!)

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3. Researching New Items

The next part of the process involved research, but since we are librarians we’re actually pretty good at this. We began with the recent SLJ Maker Shelf list and went from there. Another great resource are the books published by Make which you can find at Make Zine. I then created a very extensive wishlist of books using Amazon. It ended up being rather large. I printed off a copy of the list for multiple people and then the head of Children’s and I sat down and went through the list title by title to evaluate them. One of the first things we looked at was, of course, publication date. Beyond that we wanted to make sure we had a variety of topics covered. The topics we are looking to include in our Maker collection include: Coding, Electronics, Robotics, Engineering, Digital Photography, Movie Making, Making, Tinkering, etc.

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4. Discussing Goals and Definitions, Again

We had a rather lengthy discussion about the crafting section and decided that due to it’s size, we would leave it for the time being where it was because the shelf space that we have for the Maker collection would not accommodate the number of titles we currently have in the J nonfiction collection that deal with arts and crafts. I personally am a big proponent of arts and crafts and feel like this is a valid part of the maker movement, but in the end we had to select some specific, targeted goals and boundaries because of the space we had available to us.

5. Building the New Collection

In the end, we ordered a pretty decent number of titles for this new collection (which I have conveniently shared with you below thanks in no small part to the kind generosity of TLTer Robin Willis – thank you Robin!).

Note: The list below includes items that we ordered for the Maker collection and items that we ordered to put into our Circulating Maker Kits (CMKs).

As you can tell, this is a work in progress. And if you ask me, it’s an exciting and very fulfilling work in progress. A lot of people have worked hard to try and make all this happen and it has been fun, informative, and very professionally fulfilling. I believe we are doing good things for our local community, and that basically rocks.

Maker Collection Booklist:

Stopmotion Explosion: Animate Anything and Make Movies- Epic Films for $20 or Less  by Nate Eckerson

Brick Flicks: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-Motion LEGO Movies by Sarah Herman

The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play with & Print Your Digital Photos by Jenni Bidner

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers by Hatch, Mark

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry: Make Bracelets, Rings, Belts & More with Rainbow Loom(R), Cra-Z-Loom(TM)​, or FunLoom(TM) by Colleen Dorsey

Robot Building for Teens by Behnam Salemi

Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors by Susan Casey

Fundamentals of Robotics: Fun for parents and children (Robots For Children) (Volume 1) by Prof Charria

101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art by Cherril Doty, Suzette Rosenthal, Isaac Anderson

Drawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & P​rofessional Practices (Lab Series) by Robyn Chapman

Creative Photography Lab: 52 Fun Exercises for Developing Self-Expressio​n with your Camera. Includes 6 Mixed-Media Projects (Lab Series) by Steve Sonheim, Carla Sonheim

Print & Stamp Lab: 52 Ideas for Handmade, Upcycled Print Tools (Lab Series) by Traci Bunkers

Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations​, and Exploratory Projects (Lab Series) by Bee Shay

Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers (Lab Series) by Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method (Lab Series) by Deborah Forman

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) by Carla Sonheim

Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series) by Susan Schwake, Rainer Schwake

The Loomatic’s Interactive Guide to the Rainbow Loom by Suzanne M. Peterson

Loom Band It: 60 Rubberband Projects for the Budding Loomineer by Kat Roberts, Tessa Sillars-Powell

Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO (Brick…LEGO Series) by Warren Elsmore

The Art of LEGO Design: Creative Ways to Build Amazing Models by Jordan Schwartz

Brick Vehicles: Amazing Air, Land, and Sea Machines to Build from LEGO® by Warren Elsmore

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More​! by Megan H. Rothrock

The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide (Now in Color!) by Allan Bedford

The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & Mo​re! by Megan H. Rothrock

Make: The Makerspace Workbench: Tools, Technologies, and Techniques for Making by Adam Kemp

Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything by David Lang

Arduino for Beginners: Essential Skills Every Maker Needs by John Baichtal

The Best of Instructables Volume I: Do-It-Yourself Projects from the World’s Biggest Show & Tell (v. 1) by The editors at MAKE magazine and Instructables. com

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics by Ed Sobey

Life Hacks: Any Procedure or Action That Solves a Problem, Simplifies a Task, Reduces Frustration, Etc. in One’s Everyday Life by Keith Bradford

The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): 200+ Tools & Techni​ques for Building Great Tech Projects by Chris Hackett

The Big Book of Maker Skills (Popular Science): Tools & Techni​ques for Building Great Tech Projects by Chris Hackett

The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects by Doug Cantor

62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) by Randy Sarafan

Boomerangs: How to Make and Throw Them by Bernard S. Mason

The Paper Boomerang Book: Build Them, Throw Them, and Get Them to Return Every Time (Science in Motion) by Mark Latno

Papertoy Monsters: 50 Cool Papertoys You Can Make Yourself! by Brian Castleforte, Netta Rabin, Robert James

Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) by Maxine Anderson

Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka, Eri Hamaji

The Motorboat Book: Build & Launch 20 Jet Boats, Paddle-Wheeler​s, Electric Submarines & M​ore (Science in Motion) by Ed Sobey

The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson, Mike Petrich

LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and build amazing moving machines (Klutz S) by Pat Murphy and the Scientists of Klutz Labs

Kinetic Contraptions: Build a Hovercraft, Airboat, and More with a Hobby Motor by Curt Gabrielson

Make: More Electronics: Journey Deep Into the World of Logic Chips, Amplifiers, Sensors, and Randomicity by Charles Platt

Programming Arduino: Getting Started With Sketches by Monk Simon

Make: Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA: Making Wearables with an Arduino-Compat​ible Electronics Platform by Becky Stern, Tyler Cooper

Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments by Kate Hartman

JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology by David Hrynkiw, Mark Tilden

Make an Arduino-Contro​lled Robot (Make: Projects) by Michael Margolis

Make a Raspberry Pi-Controlled Robot: Building a Rover with Python, Linux, Motors, and Sensors by Wolfram Donat

Robot Builder: The Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by John Baichtal

Make: Basic Arduino Projects: 26 Experiments with Microcontrolle​rs and Electronics by Don Wilcher

The Best of Make: (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE) by Mark Frauenfelder, Gareth Branwyn

Make: Electronics (Learning by Discovery) by Charles Platt

Make: Sensors: A Hands-On Primer for Monitoring the Real World with Arduino and Raspberry Pi by Tero Karvinen, Kimmo Karvinen, Ville Valtokari

Robot Builder’s Bonanza, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

Make: The Maker’s Manual: A Practical Guide to the New Industrial Revolution by Paolo Aliverti, Andrea Maietta, Patrick Di Justo

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas

Make: Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson

Make: Getting Started with littleBits: Prototyping and Inventing with Modular Electronics by Ayah Bdeir, Matt Richardson

Making Simple Robots: Exploring Cutting-Edge Robotics with Everyday Stuff by Kathy Ceceri

Make: Getting Started with Sensors: Measure the World with Electronics, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi by Kimmo Karvinen, Tero Karvinen

Kodu for Kids: The Official Guide to Creating Your Own Video Games by James Floyd Kelly

Video Game Programming for Kids by Jonathan S. Harbour

Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendl​y Guide to Python Programming by Bryson Payne

Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 2): Learn to Program by Making Cool Games by The LEAD Project

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, 2nd Edition by Al Sweigart

Java Programming for Kids: Learn Java Step By Step and Build Your Own Interactive Calculator for Fun! (Java for Beginners) by R. Chandler Thompson

Adventures in Minecraft by David Whale, Martin O’Hanlon

Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Jason R. Briggs

Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math by Majed Marji

Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers 14.20 9781565233591
Make 11.99 9781457186707
Rosie Revere Engineer 13.31 9781419708459
How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons 7.19 9781633220126
Python for Kids 20.97 9781593274078
Tricky Video 18.95 9781591746232
The Spinning Blackboard and Other Dynamic Experiments on Force and Motion 10.80 9780471115144
Tinkerlab 13.17 9781611800654
Squishy Circuits 8.53 9781631377952
Stomp Rockets Catapults and Kaleidoscopes 10.17 9781556527371
Video Game Programming for Kids 11.99 9781435461161
Cool Creations in 101 Pieces 11.77 9781627790178
Cool Creations in 35 Pieces 10.20 9780805096927
Cool Cars and Trucks 10.20 9780805087611
Totally Cool Creations 11.99 9781250031105
Filmmaking For Teens 11.37 9781932907049
The Paper Boomerang Book 7.77 9781569762820
Recycled Robots 19.59 9780761154662
The Racecar Book 8.97 9781613747148
The Flying Machine Book 8.97 9781613740866
The Robot Book 8.97 9781556524073
Javascript for Kids 20.97 9781593274085
HighTech DIY Projects With 3D Printing 11.16 9781477766767
Engineering the ABCs 11.35 9781933916514
Making a Circuit 4.79 9781432956790
Conductors and Insulators 20.41 9781432956738
Teach Your Kids to Code 17.97 9781593276140
Animation Studio 15.69 9780763667016
Amazing Rubber Band Cars 8.97 9781556527364
Python Basics 15.00 9781107658554
Hello World 23.99 9781617290923
3D Game Programming for Teens 33.24 9781598638431
Loom Magic Creatures 7.19 9781629147956
Loom Magic Charms 7.19 9781632202598
CSS for Babies 7.06 9780615555218
HTML for Babies 7.06 9780615487663
ABC of the Web 12.30 9780988472617
Web Design for Babies 20 7.84 9780988472600
Computer Coding 3.59 9781465426857

MakerSpace Notes:

My Original Mobile Makerspace
My Updated Mobile Makerspace
MakerSpace Tech Tools Comparison Chart
The Unboxing and Learning Curve
Exploring Circulating Maker Kits

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