About two months ago, I wrote a blog post about the initiation of a makerspace at the library. A few months later, that idea is about to take action. On Thursday, April 23, the School of Information Studies group that has worked all semester to create a planning, marketing and assessment plan for a makerspace at Granby will present at a poster session. The group will show what they have created, and I am excited to see what plans they have concocted.
More ideas about a makerspace started spinning in my head this morning as the librarians from my district connected using Google Hangouts with Laura Fleming, an innovative librarian with an library makerspace in New Jersey. Laura provided great information as how to market the makerspace, what can actually go into a makerspace and shared her experiences creating one. As a district, the librarians are hoping to create makerspaces or incorporate elements of these into our libraries at the secondary and elementary level. Chatting with Laura today was a step in the right direction for Granby.
While talking to Laura and gathering ideas for the past few months, here is a list of ideas for Granby’s makerspace:
- Makey Makey
- Lego table
- Felt board for letters, shapes
- Magnet letters and shapes
- Stuffed animals for reading buddies
- Rubber bands for bracelets
- Coloring pages with glitter crayons and smelling markers
- Games like Connect Four, Sorry, Trouble, Operation
- Computer pod for sites like Scratch, Audacity, etc.
- Arts & crafts
- Cards for Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.
- And many more ideas from the iSchool team I can’t wait to review