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Makerspaces

At the beginning of 2017 Bennett Martin Public Library rearranged and added a Makerspace to our teen area. Along with the physical space, we also purchased kits to use for programs. Some of those kits consist of Lego Mindstorm, Dot & Dash, Connectagons, Ozobots, sewing machines, a green screen and some 3D Printers, among other things. After a summer full of planning we started hosting monthly programs in the Fall of 2017. Our programs all fit under 5 different Makerspace categories:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Electrical & Computer
  • Educational Toys
  • Science Projects
  • Hardware & Power Tools

During our time preparing for our special programs, we’ve done a lot of research about what other libraries or schools are doing for programs. We’ve found dozens of websites and gleaned a lot of useful information from them. But, as librarians, we’re always using books for research as well. The following is a list of books (and eBooks) about Makerspaces, and also some with ideas for what to do for public programs. We’ve divided them into the 5 categories that we use for our programming here at the Lincoln City Libraries, along with a category on Makerspaces in general.

Books on Makerspaces or Starting a Makerspace

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians
by Burke, John J.
027 Bur


STEM Play: Integrating Inquiry Into Learning Centers
by Englehart, Deirdre
372.35 Eng


The Everything STEM HandBook: Help Your Child Learn and Succeed in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
by Sawah, Rihab
372.35 Saw


The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150+ Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology
by Wilkinson, Karen
500 Wil


Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors
by Doorley, Rachelle
600 Doo


Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff
by Gabrielson, Curt
620 Gab


The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn
by Graves, Colleen
620 Gra


The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
by Hackett, Chris
620 Hac


The Maker’s Manual: A Practical Guide to the New Industrial Revolution
by Maietta, Andrea
620 Mai


Makerspaces
by Roslund, Samantha
j620 Ros


The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers
by Hatch, Mark
658.406 Hat


Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration
by Doorley, Scott
729 Doo


Starting a Makerspace
by Williams, Pam
Hoopla eBook



Arts & Crafts


Superhero Sewing: Playful, Easy-to-Sew and No-Sew Designs for Powering Kids’ Big Adventures
by Huerta, Lane
646.478 Hue


Make: Props and Costume Armor: Create Realistic Science Fiction and Fantasy Weapons, Armor, and Accessories
by Thorsson, Shawn
646.478 Tho


The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make
by Willeford, Thomas
646.48 Wil


Paper Panda’s Guide to Papercutting
by Firchau, Louise
736.98 Fir


Made by Dad: 67 BluePrints for Making Cool Stuff — Projects You Can Build For (and With) Your Kids!
by Bedford, Scott
745.5 Bed


Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love: Hands-On Projects That Promote Learning
by Lilly, Lynn
745.5 Lil


Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share
by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
j745.5 Mar


Awesome Paper Projects You Can Create
by Ventura, Marne
j745.5 Ven


Amazing Recycled Projects You Can Create
by Ventura, Marne
j745.5 Ven


Cool Cardboard Projects You Can Create
by Ventura, Marne
j745.5 Ven


Incredible Duct Tape Projects You Can Create
by Ventura, Marne
j745.5 Ven


Playing With Pop-Ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs
by Hiebert, Helen
745.54 Hie


Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Teeter-Totters, 25 + Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families
by Adamick, Mike
745.59 Ada


Make Your Own Ideabook: Create Handmade Art Journals and Bound Keepsakes to Store Inspiration and Memories
by Nerjordet, Arne
745.593 Ner


Wen Redmond’s Digital Fiber Art: Combine Photos & Fabric–Create Your Own Mixed-Media Masterpiece
by Redmond, Wen
751.491 Red


Big Book of Building: Duct tape, Paper, Cardboard, and Recycled Projects to Blast Away Boredom
by Ventura, Marne
jPB (Non-Fiction) Ventura



Electrical & Computer


Getting the Most Out of Makerspaces to Explore Arduino & Electronics
by Rauf, Don
j004.165 ArdYr


Understanding Coding With Lego WeDo
by Harris, Patricia
j005.133 LegYh


Learn to Program With Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming With Games, Art, Science, and Math
by Marji, Majed
j005.133 ScrYm


Help Your Kids With Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide, From Binary Code to Building Games
by Vorderman, Carol
005.133 Vor


The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
by Hackett, Chris
620 Hac


Physical Computing and Makerspaces
by Leavitt, Amie Jane
j620 Lea


The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects
by Popular Science
620 Pop


Electric Mischief: Battery-Powered Gadgets Kids Can Build
by Bartholomew, Alan
j621.31 Bar


Electronics Projects for Dummies
by Boysen, Earl
621.381 Boy


Build Your Own Laser, Phaser, Ion Ray Gun: & Other Working Space-Age Projects
by Iannini, Robert E.
621.381 Ian


High-Tech DIY Projects With Electronics, Sensors, and LEDs
by Murphy, Maggie
j621.381 Mur


High-Tech DIY Projects With Microcontrollers
by Murphy, Maggie
j621.381 Mur


Make: Electronics
by Platt, Charles
621.381 Pla


High-Tech DIY Projects With Flying Objects
by Murphy, Maggie
j621.435 Mur


Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing
by Lipson, Hod
621.988 Lip


Getting the Most Out of Makerspaces to Create With 3-D Printers
by Petrikowski, Nicki Peter
j621.988 Pet


High-Tech DIY Projects With 3D Printing
by Murphy, Maggie
j621.998 Mur


Build a Drone: A Sep-by-Step Guide to Designing, Constructing, and Flying Your Very Own Drone
by Davies, Barry
629.133 Dav


Build Your Own Electric Bicycle
by Slinn, Matthew
629.227 Sli


Getting the Most Out of Makerspaces to Build Robots
by Cohen, Jacob
j629.892 Coh


Understanding Coding With Lego Mindstorms
by Harris, Patricia
j629.892 Har


Robots, Androids, and Animatrons: 12 Incredible Projects You Can Build
by Iovine, John
629.892 Iov


High-Tech DIY Projects With Robotics
by Murphy, Maggie
j629.892 Mur


Make: Wearable Electronics
by Hartman, Kate
646.43 Har


DIY Solar Projects: Small Projects to Whole-Home Systems: Tap Into the Sun
by Smith, Eric W.
697.78 Smi


High-Tech DIY Projects With Musical Instruments
by Murphy, Maggie
j784.19 Mur


Understanding Coding With Minecraft
by Harris, Patricia
j793.93 Har


The Big Book of Building, Mods & Circuits
by Talley, Trevor
793.93 Tal



Educational Toys


Make: Fun!: Create Your Own Toys, Games, and Amusements
by Knetzger, Bob
620 Kne


Building With Virtual LEGO: Getting Started With LEGO Digital Designer, ldraw, and Mecabricks
by Baichtal, John
629.892 Bai


Getting to Know Lego Mindstorms
by Shea, Therese
j629.892 She


Cool Doughs, Putties, Slimes & Goops: Crafting Creative Toys & Amazing Games
by Felix, Rebecca
j745.5 Fel


See-Me-Learn Toys
by Geiger, Jennifer
745.592 Gei


Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects From Once Upon a Time – Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More
by Hamor, Jill
745.592 Ham


Picture Puzzles
by Godwin, Edward X.
j793.73 God


Logic Puzzles
by Godwin, Edward X.
j793.74 God


Awesome LEGO Creations With Bricks You Already Have: 50 New Robots, Dragons, Race Cars, Planes, Wild Animals and Other Exciting Projects to Build Imaginative Worlds
by Dees, Sarah
jPB (Non-Fiction) Dees


Build It! Things That Float: Make Supercool Models With Your Lego Classic Set
by Kemmeter, Jennifer
jPB (Non-Fiction) Kemetter


Build It! Things That Fly: Make Supercool Models With Your Lego Classic Set
by Kemmeter, Jennifer
jPB (Non-Fiction) Kemetter


Build It! Things That Go: Make Supercool Models With Your Lego Classic Set
by Kemmeter, Jennifer
jPB (Non-Fiction) Kemetter



Science Projects


Super Simple Experiments With Electricity: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Super Simple Experiments With Elements: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Super Simple Experiments With Forces: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Super Simple Experiments With Heat and Cold: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Super Simple Experiments With Light and Color: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Super Simple Experiments With Mass: Fun and Innovative Science Projects
by Polinsky, Paige V.
j507 Pol


Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat
by Wheeler-Toppen, Jodi
j507 Whe


Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploring Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family!
by Adamick, Mike
507.8 Ada


Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste: More Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun
by Spangler, Steve
j507.8 Spa


Try This!: 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You
by Young, Karen Romano
j507.8 You


The Kids’ Book of Weather Forecasting: Build a Weather Station, “Read” the Sky & Make Predictions
by Breen, Mark
j551.63 Bre


15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius
by Monk, Simon
621.381 Mon


Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
by Frauenfelder, Mark
745.59 Fra



Hardware & Power Tools


Workshop Mastery With Jimmy Diresta: A Guide to Working With Metal, Wood, Plastic, and Leather
by DiResta, Jimmy
620 Dir


Getting Started in Pinewood Derby: Step-by-Step Workbook to Building Your First Car!
by Thorne, Troy
j629.221 Tho


The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop
by Bowers, Sharon
640 Bow


100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do: Easy, Practical Projects Using Basic Tools and Standard Materials
643.7 One


Build Stuff With Wood: Make Awesome Projects With Basic Tools
by Christiana, Ana
684.08 Chr


The Kids’ Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together
by Robertson, J. Craig.
j684.08 Rob


DIY Industrial Pipe Furniture & Decor: Creative Projects for Every Room of Your Home
by Angus, James (Set designer),
684.1 Ang


Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture: 20 Step-by-Step Projects Anyone Can Build
by Jackson, Katie
684.1 Jac


The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple, Stylish & Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room
by White, Ana
684.1 Whi


Fun Family Projects: (15 Great Ideas That Mom, Dad, and Kids Can Build and Enjoy)
by This Old House Books
684.18 Thi


Compiled for the web December 2017 cr / last updated December 2017 cr/sdc