by Lyndsey Runyan, Teen Services Librarian
Keene Public Library is excited to welcome two new Maker Corp Members to our library for a summer of awesome making, creating, and tinkering with kids and teens. Our library serves as an education, cultural, and social center where citizens of all walks of life come together and learn. Around four thousand people a week come through our doors, and 2/3 of our population are active library users. We are thrilled to offer new Makerspace programs like 3D design, modeling and printing using our 3D printer. The library is also developing and implementing programs like soldering, electronic sewing, basic robotics, computer programming, and more!
Maker Corps Members who will work at our library will be collaborating with librarians to further develop our existing Makerspace programs including a weekly drop-in for community members. Maker Corp Members will staff and provide support to community members in their tinkering and interactions with new technology. In addition Maker Corps Members will create, promote, and facilitate a 6-week afterschool maker’s series exploring low and high tech making targeted to middle school students. This summer project will introduce youth to new technology and encourage deeper and experiential learning. KPL will provide training on how to plan and lead Maker programs for teens and kids and Maker Corps Members will be able to create new ideas and programs to share with the library’s youth, teens and families. Maker Corps Members will help excite us and show us more possibilities for Makerspace activities and programs at our library.
Keene Public Library is committed to being a public place for community learning. We want kids and teens to be inspired to create their own knowledge and fun with help from the library. Our hope is that with Maker Corps Members’ assistance and excitement the Keene Public library will be able to create sustainable and awesome Makerspace programs for our community.
Maker Ed is excited to welcome Keene Public Library as a new Maker Corps Host Site for 2014. Applications for all Maker Corps Members will open Monday, February 3, and close on March 21. Click here for more information, and to apply. – Nancy