Local High School Library Launches Makerspace Programming

SRRHA Students engaged in a makerspace program. Image provided by Maria Burnham.
SRRHS Students engaged in a makerspace program. Image provided by Maria Burnham.

In a previous post, Makerspaces in Your Library, CMLE talked about the potential power of these creative cultures, emerging in libraries across the country. This week, staff reports on a local library’s makerspace programs and events.

Under the direction of the Library Media Specialist, Maria Burnham, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School (SRRHS) students are given an added opportunity to connect, collaborate and create. The library serves as a social collection point to grow and harvest new ideas; infusing technology and literature into the creative process. Burnham said, “Starting the makerspace was all about simply giving kids another choice in how to spend their time knowing that creativity is a skill that is vital for success in the 21st century.”

Examples of upcoming makerspace events include;

  • November: Still picture animations. Using iMotion HD app on an iPad to generate animations.
  • December: Yarn work-learn to knit or crochet.  After school knitting/crocheting club meetings complete with hot cocoa and cookies!
  • January: Paper crafting.  Paper crafts based off of the book, Paper Made: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper by Kayte Terry.

Tip: Sometimes these programs are more feasible in partnership with another entity. In SRRHS, Craft’s Direct  graciously donated supplies for several of the events. Identify possible community members, art clubs, teachers, business owners and volunteers you could bring on board to support your library’s makerspace!

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