Maker Ed is so excited to welcome The Poth Branch of Wilson County Public Libraries as a Maker Corps Partner Site in 2016. In its fourth year of programming. For the fourth year of Maker Corps, Maker Ed will collaborate with more than forty organizations across the globe to host Maker Corps Members throughout the summer to bring maker activities and approaches to the communities that they serve. Below is a glimpse into what Maker Corps will look like at The Poth Branch.
The Poth Branch Library & Maker Corps 2016
The Poth Branch Library in Poth, Texas is the newest member of the Wilson County Public Libraries family. The branch library opened its doors in October 2014, in a town of approximately 1850 people. Our small, yet modest, library is opening during the summer of 2016 in hopes of providing more appealing services. The library staff and Maker Corps Member will be taking a page directly out of the Makerspace Playbook in that we will be “providing a wide variety of technologies for fabrications to people who might not otherwise have access to.” So, we will construct station style learning cubbies with supplies such as a pompoms and pipe cleaners to Lego WeDo robotics and Makey-Makey boards for coding.
Each week during our summer reading program we are featuring specific instruction on chosen makes. Such makes will include the assembly of a dry erase board using duct tape, solar ovens from donated pizza boxes to make s’more on the plaza, the creation of paper glass from a coffee filter and spray starch and “hanging” bookmarks made from a photo and clear packing tape.
Our Maker Corp Member will be available to assist those new to the maker movement and to the pro who loves to create. All those who visit our new Maker Hangout will be gifted with a parting gift of a small edible book kit. Just to give them something to create at home and to keep that creativeness flowing.