AASL Post: 4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer

4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer: Summer break is a great opportunity to pursue creative passions and get inspired for the upcoming school year. Here's some things to try.

Whether you’re already knee-deep into makerspaces or just toying with the idea of maybe adding some LEGOs to your library next year, we can all benefit by making time for creative experiences.

Summer is a great time to rest, renew and grow as individuals.  Making time for creative experiences and pursuits is one great way to grow yourself and gain new ideas to take back to your students.  I find that allowing myself time for these kinds of experiences always deepens my practice during the school year.

4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer

In my post on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share some ideas for things you can do to boost your creativity this summer (or any time really).  Click on over to learn more about why you should:

  • Learn a new skill
  • Visit a museum
  • Make stuff with kids
  • Read a book on creativity

Plus, there’s some great book recommendations 🙂

What do you do to rest, renew and boost your creativity over the summer?


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. 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 and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.