School Library Makerspaces

Grades 6–12

by Leslie B. Preddy

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October 2013

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 193
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
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An essential resource for intermediate, middle, and high school librarians that guides the planning, learning, and implementation of a school library makerspace.

The roles of school library media specialists and school libraries themselves are ever changing in response to the needs of the community and the evolution of human thinking, interaction, and learning processes. A school library makerspace can provide patrons with a place for learning, doing, and creating. It offers a location for tackling inventions, fine arts, crafts, industrial technology, hobbies, e-textiles, foodcrafting, DIY couture, fabrication, upcycling, and STEM right in the middle of the information gateway—the library. This book completely explains the makerspace concept and supplies real-world implementation guidance and inexpensive programming ideas that can be used as-is or adapted to suit a specific library or community's needs. Readers will be able to hit the ground running to implement their own makerspace with practical project ideas they can put to use immediately.


  • Explains how to transform school libraries—always considered a destination for thinking and learning—to also be the place of doing, creating, and producing
  • Supplies practical guidance on makerspace design, safety, instruction, budget, mentoring, and more
  • Includes a "Think, Create, Share, and Grow" section with each makerspace activity that supplies learning and enrichment resources, guidance, and step-by-step how-to instructions
  • Provides appendixes of national and local events; of ideas and supplies for makerspace activities; and of maker communities and maker resources
Author Info

Leslie B. Preddy is the president of AASL and has been the school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis, IN, since 1992. She is a past recipient of AASL's Collaborative School Library Media Award and School Library Media Program of the Year. She is a former Metropolitan School District of Perry Township Teacher of the Year and a 2010 Finalist for Indiana State Teacher of the Year. Preddy is past president for the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE), past general chair of the state's Young Hoosier Book Award (YHBA) program, and recipient of AISLE's prestigious Peggy L. Pfeiffer Service Award. She has published a variety of articles in professional journals, and served as adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project, named one of the Best Professional Books of 2007 by Teacher Librarian; and Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century, rated as "Highly Recommended" by Library Media Connection.



"This guide to setting up and justifying a makerspace begins promisingly with practical and helpful information on topics such as space and setup, budgeting, necessary materials, equipment, and safety rules. Preddy connects the idea of the school library makerspace with the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner as well as the common core and the STEM movement."School Library Journal

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