This post was originally shared on the site on October 21, 2012. It’s been updated to include new content on the Library Makers website, including STEM/STEAM-driven project ideas!

by Laura Damon-Moore

Scrappy card project from Library Makers.

You may remember way back in the spring when we hosted Madison Public Library children’s librarian Carissa Christner on the Library as Incubator Project. Carissa put together a terrific kit for us on how to facilitate a Flip Filmmakers workshop with some awesome tips and ideas for programming librarians (or filmmakers looking for a workshop to do with kids in their community!).

Today it is with great pleasure that we welcome Carissa back to the Project, this time to highlight a new resource that she’s working on.

Library Makers is somewhere between a how-to craft book and a web magazine – basically a solid inventory of craft and art projects that work well in a library – the materials are things that most library craft supply rooms have already, or are easily obtainable. Carissa supplements the project how-to’s with photos, books to pair with the projects, and even music recommendations.

The site is nicely broken out into sections based on the type of art workshop:

I just about jumped for joy when I started reading about the Toddler Art Classes. I work with little ones a lot at my library, and am always trying to find projects that don’t only rely on glue sticks and paper.

I’m a big fan of her blog intro, too:

Libraries have always had a reputation for being places of learning. Traditionally, the books housed in libraries have been perceived as the library’s main purpose, and indeed books are a great way to learn.

However, in today’s increasingly digital world, it is important to remind the public that valuable learning also takes place outside of books and libraries are a great source of person-to-person learning experiences. The learning that takes place in libraries is what keeps this institution relevant in a world where access to books is changing rapidly.

Here are a few somewhat non-traditional library programs I’ve created to take advantage of the one-on-one opportunities we have at the library today.

Zippered pencil bag project from Library Makers.

Here at the Project, we’re all about leveraging all library resources – books and music and other media, but more compellingly, the creativity and skills that our community members have to share with each other.

Check out Library Makers. Whether you’re on staff at a library, a parent or caregiver, an educator, or a crafter looking for some project inspiration, you’re bound to find something interesting.

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