After walking the beat in the exhibit hall (and making two trips to the Post Office area), I sat in on the Maker Break from DK Publishing. I love their maker books – Maker Lab was the handbook that guided a lot of my STEM and Summer Reading programming last year – and I’m excited that they’ve got a new book coming this Spring that will have “cardboard engineering projects”. If there’s one thing I have a surplus of both at home and work, it’s cardboard, so Out of the Box is my kind of book!
There were snacks and drinks, and goodies at the table, including a cool DK maker backpack and calendar for each attendee. One surprise maker at each table got a copy of Maker Lab to take home, so that library is going to experience the joy of making awesome slime, too. Allison Davis from Make Media gave us some words of encouragement and charged us to “make more makers!” For us makers today, though, it was all about toilet paper roll owls. We had the rolls, paint markers, scissors, and DK’s blessing. We got to work coloring, cutting, decorating, and most importantly, talking and laughing together. I left the session recharged and ready to take on… well, the coffee counter, I need it.
Here at Simi Valley Public Library, we are also running/developing a STEAM program. I will make sure we buy the handbook Maker Lab and Out of the Box.
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