Yes, I admit, You’ve Got Mail is one of my very favorite movies. Especially the beginning, fall, and time to buy school supplies.
This year, the library and I are embarking on a grand adventure. Inspired by the Fayetteville Free Library’s FabLab, we have decided to create a makerspace in our school library.
- The school has just started a major renovation project to one of the classroom buildings. In the interim, several classes are meeting in the library – including the room we hope to use for our Makerspace.
- The students here are super busy, busier than I was in high school. We’re going to be competing for their very precious free time.
- While I am crafty and moderately techy, I am so not electronics-oriented.
The Possible Solutions:
- The space should be mobile. The theatre technician donated a wheeled cart he no longer needs, and I’m looking at rolling craft storage, bins, and lots of labels.
- I’m shooting for a once a month or every-other-week schedule starting after the class in the space has ended. Also, Sunday afternoon, because no other activities are scheduled on Sunday.
- Recruit others! I’m looking at you, helpful IT guys and theatre tech!
At this point, we have established a Maker book collection that covers everything from arduinos to trash origami. I’m building a LibGuide on our website for student and teacher resources, and I’m starting to quietly collaborate with colleagues to find people who might like to help out or even come make things with us.
And of course, I’ll be blogging it all here. With pictures, if I can get my cranky camera to cooperate.
Side note: you might have noticed that the Twitter account widget on the blog has changed. I’ve linked up the account that I’ll be using to push tech news to the library page instead of my personal/professional account. Follow this new account (@libartisan) for quick tech bites, news, and cool things I find around the Web.