Makerspace on the Road: Beginning English and Origami

When I was younger, I think around elementary school, my friends and I would make these origami things for our fingers - we called them fortune tellers. The outsides usually had colors, like red, and you would open and close your fingers based on the number of letters there were in the word your partner …

Continue reading Makerspace on the Road: Beginning English and Origami

Beginning English, Makerspace, and Purpose

I absolutely love that my library's makerspace has been able to serve our Beginning English class this year. See this post from October about our first lessons! For a variety of reasons, we haven't been as consistent about having monthly lessons in the makerspace as we first intended. This month, we were determined (that, and …

Continue reading Beginning English, Makerspace, and Purpose

Orientation, Making, and Welcoming Everyone into the School Library

Happy back to school! I know most of us have been back for a while, but oh man, I feel so drained after school for most of September. There's so much going on: launching clubs, processing new books, meeting & getting acquainted with new staff, and oh yeah, that minor detail called orientation. Since my school …

Continue reading Orientation, Making, and Welcoming Everyone into the School Library

Making a Makerspace (and why my students need one)

Like you most likely know, I am a huge advocate for my library, students, and staff. Being in the classroom for many years really brought to light the variety of experiences, abilities, and wealth students bring with them to school each day. It is the teacher's responsibility to take all of those and ensure all …

Continue reading Making a Makerspace (and why my students need one)