Makers with a Cause
Creative Service Projects for Library Youth
by Gina Seymour
June 2018, 147pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5728-7
$50, £39, 44€, A69
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5729-4
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Activities to provide students with the inspiration to create and engage with their community.

This quick-start guide explains how to use inquiry to promote civic engagement in the school library makerspace and provides ready-to-use ideas for hands-on service projects.

By creating for their community in the school library makerspace, young people not only develop academic and cognitive skills but also learn to value building a culture of caring. Award-winning author Gina Seymour discusses her initiative to empower students to take an active role in making a difference and outlines how to implement similar programs in any school library setting.

The book may be used in school libraries in conjunction with a service learning model to extend the learning that takes place in classrooms and to make youth feel a valuable part of their community. Numerous service project ideas are presented, from simple, low-cost, no-tech, craft-based ideas to high-tech projects including 3-D models, and while the book focuses on youth in middle school and high school, many projects may also be used in elementary school. Detailed project instructions include tips for making programs inclusive for all youth, and money-saving tips to promote sustainability.


  • Provides step-by-step instruction for service-driven, hands-on projects
  • Lists possible organizations to work with as well as a calendar of dates to facilitate programming
  • Provides detailed funding sources and makerspace set-up instructions
  • Offers advice for developing community partnerships
Gina Seymour is library media specialist at Islip High School on Long Island (NY) and is adjunct professor at St. John's University (Queens, NY). She received the Library Journal Mover & Shaker Change Agent award in 2017 and was awarded the Suffolk School Library Media Association's School Librarian of the Year in 2014. She is an active speaker and presenter on the maker movement, compassionate making, and inclusive makerspaces on a national level. Her MakerCare program has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for libraries across the country.
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