Maker Literacy
A New Approach to Literacy Programming for Libraries
by Lynn Pawloski and Cindy Wall
November 2016, 116pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4380-8
$40, £30, 34€, A58
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-4381-5
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Use this guide to motivate learning across all subject areas by infusing library literacy programs with technology and maker activities.

This book takes the creativity and inventiveness of the maker movement and applies that energy in a new way to help children learn across all subject areas as well as broaden their world view.

Traditional library literacy programs have helped many children foster a love of reading, but to prepare this next generation of learners, this programming needs to be modified to include technology. The inherent creativity and inventiveness of the Maker Movement, embracing both classic and innovative technological activities, provides the perfect bridge to invigorate, expand, and update these programs. This alternative to conventional library literacy programming will help children learn throughout all subject areas, see additional possibilities, and make connections in the world around them.

With this guide, readers can discover how to apply maker literacy to introduce connections that help children better understand that their experiences in life are interrelated—that art can be made on a 3D printer and that science and technology are an essential part of design. This holistic approach provides a myriad of creative opportunities for both teaching staff and the children they serve. A great resource for youth services librarians in public libraries, this guide to infusing library programs with technology and maker activities to motivate learning will also appeal to preschool and elementary librarians, educators, and parents.

Features

  • Addresses the avid interests of youth in technology
  • Provides librarians with a practical resource for incorporating tech literacy into storytime and other youth programs
  • Gives librarians a programming tool to use with makerspaces that can be used to integrate them with all areas of learning
Lynn Pawloski is coauthor of The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and ‘Tween Library Programs, has copresented an ALSC webinar on children's programming, has co-contributed to Public Libraries magazine, and has spoken at numerous library and education conferences. She was corecipient with Cindy Wall of the 2015 Faith Hektoen Award for an outstanding program or project that has made a significant impact on library service for children in Connecticut. Pawloski has worked in both school and public libraries. She enjoys developing programs in which children are encouraged to use all avenues of their imaginations and finds infinite inspiration in their discoveries.

Cindy Wall has been head of children's services at the Southington Library since 2001. She is the coauthor of Libraries Unlimited's The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs. Wall reviews books and apps for School Library Journal and has appeared as a guest blogger on its Touch and Go blog. She has copresented an ALSC webinar on children's programming, cowritten an article for Public Libraries magazine, and spoken at numerous library and education conferences. Wall won the Connecticut Library Association Publicity Award as well as an LSTA grant to expand her iPad programming, and she was corecipient with Lynn Pawloski of the 2015 Faith Hektoen Award for an outstanding program or project that has made a significant impact on library service for children in Connecticut.
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