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My MakerSpace Journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) (School Library Journal article, February 2016)

1 Year Later, What I’ve Learned

The Very Beginning

Previous library locations

My Original Mobile Makerspace
My Updated Mobile Makerspace

Getting Started, Research and Proposals

MakerSpace: The Proposal Stage

Research: A Look at the Akron Public Library Mini Maker Faire

Research: A Visit to the Cincinnati Public Library Maker Space

A Test Run: Maker Mondays

Evaluating Potential Technology for a Makerspace: Cubelets, Little Bits, MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi, Sphero

MakerSpace Tech Tools Comparison Chart

5 Ways Maker Spaces/Days/Labs Can Trump “Traditional” Library Programming

The Unboxing and Learning Curve

Circulating Maker Kits

Exploring Circulating Maker Kits and Circulating Maker Kits part 2 with a Book List

The Maker Bookshelf

The Maker Bookshelf/Collection (with a book list)

Various Components, Stations and Technology


Strawbees part 1 and part 2

3D Pens: Reviews and Tips and Tricks

Osmo review

MakerSpace: Tech Take Apart

Sharpie Art! Quick and Easy Programming and MakerSpace Ideas

iPad Lab

MakerSpace: Unconventional Printing and The Ongoing Quest for iPad/iPhone Printing, Or, How I Fell in Love with a Printing App

Creating and Using an iPad Lab in Your Library and Mistakes Were Made: What I Learned About Installing an iPad Lab in a MakerSpace

Button Making

Things I Learned Visiting the Cincinnati MakerSpace: Fun with Buttons! Edition

MakerSpace: Button Maker Challenges

MakerSpace: Thumbprint Art Buttons

Digital Media and Photo Manipulation

Green Screen Photo Booth

How Did You Do That? Photo Apps Version

App Review: Prisma

App Review: Aviary

App Review: FotoRus

App Review: Image Chef

Tech Talk: App Review – BeFunky

Generate Marketing Creativity with iPhone Apps

Meme the Apps

Movie Making

Take 5: 5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

HUE Animation Studio review

Making Movie Magic with Tweens and Teens at Your Library

MakerSpace: Stop Motion Animation 101

Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies

MakerSpace: Green Screen Tips

Take 5: Stop Motion Animation Hacks for a MakerSpace

Putting it All Together

Sunday Reflections: Reflections on Making While Sitting in My Teen MakerSpace

If you build it, will they come?

MakerSpace: The Making of a Manual

Outreach and Promotion

Teen MakerSpace Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 1 – Getting Organized

Building Our Portable Photo Booth – Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 2

Making Photo Booth Props: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 3

Making Text Transfer Chalkboard Speech Bubbles: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 4

Teen Coloring Postcards: Outreach at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Day 5

Books for Makers

YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Additional Resources

Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen Reading List

Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make Them “Tech Shops”?

The Library as Incubator Project posts tagged “Makerspace”

ALA: Manufacturing Makerspaces

The Makings of a Makerspace

Library as Makerspace

Teen Makerspaces at Your Library

Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace

Library Makserspace on Pinterest

Libraries Embracing Makerspaces: http://makezine.com/2013/07/01/check-it-out-libraries-embracing-makerspaces/

Maker Stations Popping Up in Libraries Across the Country | At Your Libraryhttp://atyourlibrary.org/maker-stations-popping-libraries-across-country

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/


You can also click on the tags “Tech Talk” and “MakerSpace” to read more posts.

My Mobile Makerspaces in Action

Heather Booth and The Robot Test Kitchen

As part of her ILeadUSA experience, Heather Booth has been blogging about her experiences incorporating more tech into her library teen programming. Take a look at her posts here:

What’s Your Library’s Story? A Robot Test Kitchen Guest Post

Review: Squishy Circuits

True Confessions: My STEM program failed and it was not fun (but I still learned something)

Review: Racing Robot Learn to Solder Kit 

True Confessions: I Want This to be Easier

Touch Screen Gloves (from the Robot Test Kitchen)

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Instructions

We’re Not Faking It, We’re Making It

Check out more at the Robot Test Kitchen:

“We are the Techno Whats, a group of Youth Services and Teen librarians. We believe that when imaginations play, learning happens. We aim to use simple robotics as a means to expand our learning experience for other new technologies. Our goal is to provide an entry point of simple robotics in a way Youth and Teen Librarians can understand.”

Follow the Robot Test Kitchen @RobotTestKitchn (https://twitter.com/RobotTestKitchn)
Contact the Robot Test Kitchen:  RobotTestKitchen [at] gmail.com
Sometimes we Tumbl too: http://techno-whats.tumblr.com/


  1. Anonymous says

    Awesome idea! I'm trying to cite this for an LTA class and there's no mention of an author. If anyone checks the comments, could you tell me which of the TLT team wrote this?

  2. This is AWESOME!! I'd been trying to figure out a way to do a mobile makerspace, and this just perfectly laid out what was in my head! Thank you.

  3. We have a lego program here at the Library I work at that is EXTREMELY well received. Kids love to come and create, and there are all sorts of contests you can do as well. We have had a duct tape program here as well, that one is just not on-going. Great information!

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says

      Thank you Maddie, I am so glad to know that your kids are loving the Legos at your library as well.

  4. In the top ten of my favorite posts, thanks!

  5. Sarah Sansbury says

    I’m about to begin a Makerspace at my middle school library. It’s been several years since you started yours. Anything you would change, any advice you would give?


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