Building a Makerspace Library
The Makerspace Library
I’ve been a Maker in one form or another for a long time, way before that word was even common. I learned how to sew from my mom in high school, I learned how to knit and crochet from my best friend in college, and I frequently dabbled in other crafty enterprises as well. While I would tend to learn the initial skill in person, my favorite place for improving my skills was the public library. I think there was a period where I had checked out just about every book under 746.63 (knitting) and 646 (sewing).
Supporting our Makers through the collection
Fast forward to 2014. There’s a ton of amazing posts out there on all the gadgets, gizmos and supplies to stock for your students in a Makerspace, but there’s very little advice on books to get to support the skills your students are learning. Once kids get started with robotics/knitting/coding/soft circuitry/insert-Maker-skill here, they’re going to want to learn more about it. And while there’s certainly tons of Maker tutorials out there on the internet, shouldn’t our libraries be supporting these new skills with books as well?
Before we even had any Makerspace supplies at my school, I wrote a grant to create a STEM Maker Library, adding $1,000 worth of books to our collection about Arduino, 3D printing, origami, duct tape crafts, LEGOs, etc. These books have been checking out like crazy, and they’ve been an important part of our Makerspace program.
I’ve shared that post with many people, but I wanted a way to continue to share more ideas for great books we should be providing to our kids. Enter my Makerspace Books Pinterest board:
I wanted a visual way to continually add more books to recommend for supporting Makerspaces and building up a makerspace library. Some of these books are geared towards educators who are wanting to know more about the Maker Movement. Some are geared towards students with project ideas. Some are geared towards cool science projects kids can do with their families. And I think that they can all have a place in our library. I haven’t read every single one of these books, and I don’t have all of them in my collection (yet). So obviously, do your usual vetting before going out and purchasing the entire board.
Have you used Pinterest to curate lists of books before? What was your experience like?