Our Makerspace is open and operational! Thanks to generous donations to our Donorschoose.org projects, we are excited to finally open our Makerspace, which will allow students to work creatively in the library this year. Projects will change each month, there will always be at least two projects, and also a trained library monitor to oversee the space and assist. To learn more about the project rationale, see below the photos. We look forward to seeing your creativity!
We will post photos on our Instagram account regularly. Check there to see more! @bthslibrary
We feel that our students really need a place to UNWIND and BE CREATIVE! A Makerspace is the perfect opportunity for them to explore. While almost all students have STEM (or STEAM) interests, not every student has a chance to build things in a creative way throughout their day.
The library is not simply a place to read; it is a place to create, to think creatively, to explore and to produce; a Makerspace enhances the library's use exponentially!
Students will be exposed to a variety of different crafts--everything from basic circuitry to origami, paper mache, embroidery, cardboard sculpture. We are excited that MANY different activities will happen in our Makerspace! We also think it's important to have different resources available for the >1000 students who visit each day. Not everyone might want to embroider on their old pair of jeans, but maybe making a duct tape wallet will appeal--or a wire self-portrait.
Currently, students can borrow books, ebooks, graphic novels, DVDs. While in the library, they can borrow textbooks, magazines, and a few games (we want to increase these, too!)
Having a stocked Makerspace in addition to our Peace Corner will transform our library further into a place where students can busy themselves while also learning new skills!
Ms. Ferguson is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!