What is a Makerspace? Makerspaces are “collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… borne not out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but out of a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation.” [Library as Incubator Project]   Public libraries are perfect homes for makerspaces, because libraries are the original ‘learning environments borne out of a mindset of community partnership, collaboration and creation.

Early Learning Kits

In our Children's Room, borrow a Gears Kit, a Time Kit, an American Sign Language Kit, a Strega Nona Play Set, or a Dollhouse Kit. 

American Sign Language Kit image  Dollhouse Kit image


Makerspace Activities

In our Children's Room Makerspace, children ages 7 & up and parents may:

  • use STEM & Art Kits in the Makerspace
  • find STEM & Art Kits to borrow for 2 weeks
  • use our iPad loaded with educational apps
  • use our Chromebook to browse the Internet.

STEM and Art Kits

STEM & Art Kits to be used in the Makerspace:
Code n' Go Robot Mouse, Snap Circuits Jr. & Snap Circuits Arcade, and a Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad. 

Snap Circuits Kit image      ARCH kit image


Take-Home Kits

STEM & Art Kits to take home for 2 weeks: 
Animal X-Ray Kit, Architecture Kit, Bug Explorer Kit, Birdwatching Kit, Calligraphy Kit, Origami Kit, Piping Plover Birdwatching Kit, Snap Circuits Kit, Magnets Kit, Cardboard Construction Kit. 

Bird Watching Kit Image    X-Ray Kit image



Children and parents can play games including: Harry Potter Clue, Lego Heroica, Catan Junior, and Labyrinth in our Makerspace, and borrow card games for two weeks. 
Games kit image



Children’s Room iPad apps for ages 7 and up:



Club Activities

Club Activities for Makers & Artists
On school holidays and half-days we offer a variety of hands-on "Makers Club" activities. Stay tuned to the library’s Events Calendar for details.  Parents or educators wishing to book the Makerspace for a 1-hour small-group "Makers Club" event are asked to schedule a time with the children's room staff. 

Choosing Websites and Apps

For Children and Teens:

iPad Apps and Early Literacy
CommonSense Media
American Library Association - Best Websites
American Library Association - Best Apps
Horn Book Magazine - What Makes a Good Picture Book App
Recommended Apps & eBooks  (2013)
7 Apps for Student Creators
20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Apps