The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs, 1st Edition

  • Cindy Wall
  • Lynn Pawloski
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 161069662X
  • ISBN-13: 9781610696623
  • DDC: 027.62
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The Maker Movement is sweeping the nation because it is creative and educational-and a lot of fun. Nonetheless, some librarians have hesitated to incorporate the movement into their programming because their libraries do not have dedicated makerspaces. If that describes you, then take heart. Written by librarians for librarians, this "cookbook" proves that every library is already a MakerPlace and provides you with recipes to make your library come alive with creativity. Easy-to-use, step-by-step guidance helps you create engaging K-8 programs in science and technology, arts and crafts, and home skills that are perfect for the library setting. The menu of ideas is broken into four types of programming. "Appetizers" add a taste of the Maker movement to existing library programs. "Entrees" present full programs for a lengthy one-day event or a short series. "Side Dishes" are programs you can use if you have limited staff, budget, space, or any combination of those. "Desserts" are low-tech programs, suitable for young children. Each "recipe" includes extensions, variations, and curriculum tie-ins that give you even more ways to present the program ideas, whether to a different audience or as part of other related activities. Programs that involve creating a "Balloon Zip Line," a "Zen Garden," or a "Maker Marketplace" will delight library users and generate activity and excitement in your library.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
1: Appetizers.
2: Alternate Reality.
3: Balloon Zip Line.
4: Off to the Races!.
5: Cardboard aMAZEment.
6: The Fake Spill.
7: Meteorite Strike!.
8: Side Dishes.
9: Scratch that Technology Itch.
10: All the World’s a Puppet Stage.
11: Look Ma, No Needles!.
12: Zen Garden.
13: Main Entrees.
14: Maker Open House.
15: Animation Exploration.
16: Necessity is the Mother Nature of Invention Convention.
17: Plastic vs. Plastic.
18: Silent Film.
19: Stop Motion Films.
20: Chalktography.
21: Fairy Tale Theater.
22: It’s All about Me.
23: Maker Marketplace.
24: My, What Big Claws You Have.
25: T-Shirt Transfer-mations.
26: Do Play with Your Food.
27: Fondant Game.
28: Food Detectives.
29: Pet Spa.
30: Unheavy Metal.
31: Desserts.
32: Our Maker Neighborhood.
33: Preschool Drum Corps.
34: Project Planet.
35: Transportation Station.
36: Happy Campers.
37: The Very Healthy Butterfly.
Appendix A: Book Discussion Questions.
Appendix B: Letters and Documentation for Parents and Caregivers.
Appendix C: Handouts for Program Participants.
Appendix D: Auxiliary Program Materials.
About the Authors.