We are delighted to feature a post from Carey Gibbons, one of the awesome librarians who tested out our maker kits during the Beta Phase. Carey is the Teen Programming Coordinator at Fondulac Distrcit Library in East Peoria, IL. Thanks for your wonderful work, Carey!
I have a new gig (as the Head of Youth Services at La Grange Public Library). But before I left my old gig (Lisle Library District), I agreed to do a program for the adult services department on duct tape. I didn't think much about it until about a week before the program actually came up. I mean, really. I've been programming for years (let's say over a decade) for kids. How different could it be to do a simple old craft program with adults?
What turns a trend into a reality in libraryland? When do we go from thinking that we need to try something to actually writing up a description, making a plan, and putting it into our newsletters?
The answer is a concrete outline. Even if that outline involves you flying by the seat of your pants. It is from that cobbled together program outline from which you will eventually grow into an expert.
In the building and creating of this site and project, there have been moments when I've asked myself if this whole thing works. Just because makerspaces are a thing, should they be our thing?
The short answer, to the team at Make it @ Your Library is a firm yes. Here's the how and the why: