|WILLOWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER||
Building a Makerspace in the Media Center
I wanted to share with you my background and experience with building this maker space in the media center
I have always had a passion for science my first job was working at the wildlife rehab center for lake Metroparks and later became a children's naturalist and the director of the world around us nature camp prior to being hired as a teacher. I spent 20 years teaching middle school science prior to becoming a media specialist. So the day my principal called me and asked me if I wanted a maker space in my media center was a very exciting day for me she didn't even really need to ask She already knew the answer I jumped in head over heels with so much excitement and passion I got on the Internet which I had already been doing I had already wanted to begin this but like everyone else the struggle was money I had started to slowly build on the objects that my kids could use
last year I had a VIP room in the media center which was for students who had all A's or only one B. In there I had a table that had maker space objects on them learning to yo-yo playing with tangrams making bracelets jewelry so throughout the year I would switch it up I also had an afterschool makers club where I brought in professionals from our community we built AM/FM radio's we cooked with the chef we made jewelry with a crafter we did computer coding with a college computer major and a multitude of other activities that were offered after school.
No one ever likes to get rid of books so this is probably one of the hardest parts of creating a maker space in a library is giving up books but I will be offering them to the teachers at Willowick and we will be having a book sale during our six grade orientation and that money will go towards the maker space as well
So turning the nonfiction section of the library into a maker space was pretty much a no-brainer the nonfiction books are checked out much less frequently than the fiction plus all the materials on the nonfiction side are offered up-to-date and more reliably on the Internet so I began the weeding process to do this I used reports from workflows to identify which books had not been checked out in at least 5 years or what materials were not offered on the Internet such as Ripley's believe it or not.
Designing the Space
Deciding on what to Purchase
Deciding what the best purchases were for the amount of money I had to spend was probably the most time consuming I spent hours upon hours reading researching contacting others that have already built maker spaces in their library finding out what the kids play with the most.
Beginning the Transformation
Although I knew I needed to buy tables I didn't want to spend valuable money on chairs so I took all the chairs home I bought $20 worth of spray paint and I painted the chairs to match the colors of the new maker space that saved me $480
Some of the items I purchased have started to arrive!!! I felt like a kid at Christmas!!!
I'm almost done painting all the shelves and the big wall. Note to all painting concrete is NOT fun!!!
on the far right are all the books I weeded from the Nonfiction section. Top left are some of the supplies that have come in. I purchased storage bins for items that didn't have a container of their own.
Probably one of the best tricks I learned from Facebook was how to create nice labels using Microsoft word lettering, a container of water and packing tape. All you do is print what you want your label to say, cover it with packing tape, rub the lettering onto the tape with a smoothing object ( I used the handle end of a pair of scissors) then cut it to the size you want, drop it into the water for about a minute. Take it out of the water and rub the paper off the tape. Rinse and then apply it to your item. Rub the label down with a cloth and BAMMMM instant labels!!!
Ok so the beginning of school has been very busy. I finally finished labeling all the items in the space and the sign and tables finally got here!!! YIPPEEEE
I made passes for all National Junior Honor Society kids and handed them out last week. All this week we have been MAP testing so the Media Center has been closed. I am anxious to open!!!
Above is the board my wonderful husband made me to post the weekly design challenges on. I haven't decided what color to paint it yet. On the right is the sign we had made for the center.
I have had my library helpers experimenting.