The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs

The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs

by Cindy Wall, Lynn Pawloski


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The Maker Movement is hot, and librarians are eager to participate. Even if you feel restricted by budget, staff, or space, this step-by-step guide will help you turn your library into a creativity center.

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.

• Makes it easy for you to host Maker programs for children and 'tweens—with "No Makerspace Required!"

• Provides clear, step-by-step directions for creating new Maker programming or adding Maker elements to an existing program

• Offers alternatives that allow you to customize programs according to the resources available

• Suggests curricular tie-ins so the programs can be used in a school setting

• Includes appendices chock full of supplemental materials such as book-discussion questions, checklists, and other reproducible participant handouts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610696616
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2014
Pages: 237
Sales rank: 1,047,443
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Cindy R. Wall, MLS, has been head of Children's Services at the Southington Library and Museum in Connecticut for 10 years.

Lynn M. Pawloski, MLS, is a children's librarian at the Southington Library and Museum.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Bill Derry

  • Introduction

  • Section 1: Appetizers

  • Chapter 1: Alternate Reality

    Chapter 2: Balloon Zip Line

    Chapter 3: Off to the Races!

    Chapter 4: Cardboard aMAZEment

    Chapter 5: The Fake Spill

    Chapter 6: Meteorite Strike!

  • Section 2: Side Dishes

  • Chapter 7: Scratch That Technology Itch

    Chapter 8: All the World's a Puppet Stage

    Chapter 9: Look Ma, No Needles!

    Chapter 10: Zen Garden

  • Section 3: Main Entrees

  • Chapter 11: Maker Open House

    Chapter 12: Animation Exploration

    Chapter 13: Necessity is the Mother Nature of Invention Convention

    Chapter 14: Plastic vs. Plastic

    Chapter 15: Silent Film

    Chapter 16: Stop Motion Films

    Chapter 17: Chalktography

    Chapter 18: Fairy Tale Theater

    Chapter 19: It's All about Me

    Chapter 20: Maker Marketplace

    Chapter 21: My, What Big Claws You Have

    Chapter 22: T-Shirt Transfer-mations

    Chapter 23: Do Play with Your Food

    Chapter 24: Fondant Game

    Chapter 25: Food Detectives

    Chapter 26: Pet Spa

    Chapter 27: Unheavy Metal

  • Section 4: Desserts

  • Chapter 28: Our Maker Neighborhood

    Chapter 29: Preschool Drum Corps

    Chapter 30: Project Planet

    Chapter 31: Transportation Station

    Chapter 32: Happy Campers

    Chapter 33: The Very Healthy Butterfly

  • Section 5: Appendices

  • 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

  • Index

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