Maker Materials: A Little More Detail

This post will tell you more about the materials we are considering for our circulating maker kits. These materials fall in to categories that highlight crafting, 3D design and printing, electronics and circuit building, computers and programming, robotics, and engineering. There are links to specific products, however, these may not end up being the items that Make It @ Your Library circulates. We are simply using these examples to see where interests lie.

No Magic Trick

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?

Instructables' Build Nights

Instructables is expanding their Build Night program to libraries with maker communities! 

For Build Nights, Instructables partners with companies that make fun materials and tools. Makerspaces, hackerspaces, and now libraries, can apply to host a Build Night and receive the materials for free. Locations that receive materials agree to host an event during the designated month. Participants experiment with the materials and then share the creations on Instructables.com.

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