The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs (2014)
Cindy R. Wall and Lynn M. Pawloski
The Maker Movement is sweeping
the nation because it is creative and educational—and a lot of fun.
Nonetheless, some librarians have hesitated to incorporate the movement
into their programming because their libraries do not have dedicated
makerspaces. If that describes you, then take heart. Written by
librarians for librarians, this "cookbook" proves that every library is
already a MakerPlace and provides you with recipes to make your library
come alive with creativity.
Easy-to-use, step-by-step guidance
helps you create engaging K–8 programs in science and technology, arts
and crafts, and home skills that are perfect for the library setting.
The menu of ideas is broken into four types of programming. "Appetizers"
add a taste of the Maker movement to existing library programs.
"Entrees" present full programs for a lengthy one-day event or a short
series. "Side Dishes" are programs you can use if you have limited
staff, budget, space, or any combination of those. "Desserts" are
low-tech programs, suitable for young children. Each "recipe" includes
extensions, variations, and curriculum tie-ins that give you even more
ways to present the program ideas, whether to a different audience or as
part of other related activities. Programs that involve creating a
"Balloon Zip Line," a "Zen Garden," or a "Maker Marketplace" will
delight library users and generate activity and excitement in your
- Makes it easy for you to host Maker programs for children and 'tweens—with "No Makerspace Required!"
- Provides clear, step-by-step directions for creating new Maker programming or adding Maker elements to an existing program
- Offers alternatives that allow you to customize programs according to the resources available
- Suggests curricular tie-ins so the programs can be used in a school setting
appendices chock full of supplemental materials such as book-discussion
questions, checklists, and other reproducible participant handouts