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Friday, June 24, 2016
Imagine a summer reading kick-off event, with an array of partners in support roles. The library has signed on to be a meals distribution site, to fill the gap we know exists when students are out of school. There are AmeriCorps volunteers at the ready to lead activities, and later in the summer the bookmobile will spend several weeks reaching kids with transportation barriers to the library. Coordinated efforts like this are happening in select communities throughout the U.S.Read more
Thursday, June 23, 2016
In 1934, founder Eli Lilly created Conner Prairie as a place that would “connect people with history in ways that books cannot.” Since then, Conner Prairie has endeavored to honor his legacy by creating exhibits, programs and interpretation methods that celebrate Indiana’s past in new and exciting ways.Read more
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Editor's Note: This is the seventh blog in a series during this National Week of Making to highlight Making in museums and libraries. By Meg Escudé Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA During this “National Week of Making” at the Exploratorium , our XTech program started its first week of summer...Read more
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Los Angeles Public Library was excited to mark this year’s National Week of Making with a slate of activities through our Full STEAM Ahead Initiative and by presenting at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire for the first time.Read more
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
See-to-it-yourself is how I envisioned a career in technology. That’s before I became a member of the Children’s Museum of Houston’s Maker Corps , facilitating making with kids in the Chevron Maker Annex .Read more
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Environmental sustainability is one of the greatest challenges we face . To ensure a healthy and prosperous future we have an urgent need to develop innovative and responsible ways to use our energy and natural resources. The North Carolina State University Libraries partnered with NC State’s the Sustainability Office and University Housing to develop a unique student sustainability challenge that we called a “make-a-thon.”Read more
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Consider this: Do public libraries positively improve education outcomes for children and youth through their summer reading and summer learning programs? How will they know? These are the questions that the Urban Libraries Council had the opportunity to explore with diverse thought leaders from both inside and outside of the library field via the National Forum on Effective Summer Learning in LibrariesRead more
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum , which opened in June 2015, features “Real Tools,” a makerspace area stocked with wood and carpentry tools, as well as recyclables, tape, fabric, and other non-carpentry materials. Over the past year, the museum has watched how visitors use the space, and wondered – how can a space like this best achieve our goal of helping visitors become explorers and creators of the world?Read more
Monday, June 20, 2016
Maker Jawn Initiative at the Free Library of Philadelphia, has its roots in youth empowerment and engagement and has evolved organically since 2011 through various grants and programs offered by the Free Library. Maker programming offers a safe space for students to come after school to explore, tinker, and learn. What began in one library has grown to six library locations in North Philadelphia.Read more
Friday, June 17, 2016
Today kicks off the second National Week of Making , a time when community-based organizations, including libraries and museums, will host events and celebrations to highlight the inventors, hackers, designers, engineers, artists and DIYers that make up this ever-growing community.Read more

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