What Can Libraries Provide To Support Making (Winter 2015)

robot photo by Sebastian LundMakerspaces might have now become a household term, but what tools are necessary to develop a makerspace? And what kind of resources can libraries offer?

Tools can encompass a wide range of resources depending on the types of projects /programs a library wants to deliver. From special scissors and jewelry pliers for making jewelry to motors, gears and cables for use in building a robot, to python and other programming languages for learning to direct robots. This wide range of tools and approaches helps guarantee a broad variety of maker projects and even enables different levels of makers to be engaged.

Jaina Shaw, in her article Libraries are for Making: Robots, describes experiences where the Westport Library, in CT invested in two humanoid robots and teens got the opportunity to program the robots. In addition to that great experience, you can learn other things the library committed to do to engage their community through making by reading the full article in the Winter edition of YALS.