Scholastic Bookfairs and Makerspaces

Scholastic Bookfairs & Makerspaces

One of the most frequent questions I get about Makerspaces is how to fund them.  There’s a lot of creative ways to do this, including DonorsChoose projects, writing grants and asking for donations.  Another great option is to take a look at funding sources you may already have.  Many schools out there host Scholastic Bookfairs every year, and while these events are great for adding new books to your collection, they’ve also got a lot of great resources and products for Makerspaces.  This post features some of my favorites.

Book Browser with Plastic Bins

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This book browser (which is actually a Copernicus classroom library cart) is probably my favorite item for Makerspaces from the Scholastic School Resource Catalog.  Finding organization methods that work for Makerspaces has always been a challenge for me.  Then I got one of these carts at my fall bookfair.  It was amazing for storing arts & crafts supplies and made a great mobile Makerspace – I could wheel it out for events and then store it when not in use.  Recently, I repurposed it into a K’nex storage cart and it’s been amazing.  I plan on getting another one to organize our LEGOs.

Our cart in action

Our cart in action

Classroom Toolkit

toolkitI got one of these toolkits to go with our Tech Take-Apart pop-up station and it’s worked great.  My only recommendation is the remove the hammer, otherwise your deconstruction zone can quickly turn into a destruction zone.

Maker Books

Maker books

 

Books with project ideas and inspiration are essential for any Makerspace.  We support our students’ interests with books, so we should make sure to have Maker books.  Scholastic has a ton of great books for Makerspace libraries.  These are a few of the ones I found:

Craft Supplies

washi

There’s often great craft supplies at the fair and in the catalog.  In the fair you’ll often see things like washi tape and craft packs with instructions and supplies.  The catalog sometimes includes things like origami paper.

Maker Inspiration Decor

Pop Charts

I love to decorate my Makerspace with posters and other things to inspire creativity in my students.  Scholastic’s Pop! Charts posters are fantastic for this.

 

 

 

 


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle school media specialist/teacher librarian in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves (to be published August 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, Reimagining Library Spaces.

Comments

  1. lindadowns21 : July 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Scholastic Book Fairs will no longer do book fairs for public libraries. They only work with schools.

  2. I am so glad you have posts on makerspaces. Thank you for sharing!

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