In our last Beyond Books post, we mentioned Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB, a space for teens to make and play with all things digital media. A small survey released last year shows makerspaces are becoming a solid programming choice for libraries, with 41% of respondents currently offering maker activities and 36% planning to start in the near future. Here are just a few that have caught our eye recently:
- The Studio – Anythink Wright Farms, Colorado
- Bad art – alt+library by the Sacramento Public Library, California
- Hand-Made – programs inspired by crafty items in library’s collection, New York Public Library, New York
- The Bubbler – programs on making/crafting/writing, etc., Madison Public Library, Wisconsin
- MACH, a space for makers, artists, crafters, and hackers – Phoenix Public Library, Arizona
Want to get into making at your library? Check out the State Library’s resources on Library Creation & Learning Centers here: http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/. And share your favorite makerspaces with us on Twitter!
Note: This post is part of our “Beyond Books” series. From time to time, we’ll be sharing examples of unique lending programs, events, and outreach that libraries are offering.