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Has anyone used this feature on their cricut machine yet?
There is still time to tell us what you think............
Hello all you makers! I am trying to figure out the cheapest (and best) way to go about getting supplies together for about 25 bristlebots. any help appreciated! thanks!
Check out North Bingham County District Library's first hands-on Raspberry Pi class! More information can be found here: https://idahoraspberrypi.blogspot.com/2017/09/lights.html
Dear everyone who has been watching this space and waiting for Maker Space Manager to arrive.
I PROMISE, it's coming soon.
I KNOW, that it is much better now than it would have been had we gone with the original release candidate.
I HOPE you will think it's worth the wait too.
I AM, more excited about this project than ever.
YES it is still FREE and will have an open-source code.
I WILL be making a big announcement about MSM in the next few weeks.
I DREAM you will all use Maker Space Manager to share the joy and wonder of making with even more people.
WE ARE an amazing community made up of awesome people, doing fantastic things that I am proud to be part of.
I'M GRATEFUL to be able to give back to a community that has allowed me to grow so much.
Hang tight. You'll be happy you did.
-Justice Stiles
Developer of Maker Space Manager

A project supporting the creation of makerspaces in Idaho public libraries. Thank you to the Institu Currently 11 libraries are participating in the project.

This is a pilot project implemented in 2012-2013 by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The project is designed to support the implementation of "making" activities and makerspaces in library sites across Idaho. The goal is to support the libraries in providing rich learning opportunities during out-of-school time. The Commission will provide the necessary materials and trainings to implement crea

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Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Exhibit Opportunity Now Open – STAR Net Community 12/28/2022

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Exhibit Opportunity Now Open – STAR Net Community

A cool opportunity to bring a fun space science exhibit to YOUR library!

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Exhibit Opportunity Now Open – STAR Net Community Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Exhibit Opportunity Now Open Stephanie Vierow-Fields December 7, 2022 0 Comments The Space Science Institute is pleased to announce a free NASA exhibit for public libraries. The next tour of ‘Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds’ will ...

12/07/2022

Ohhhh...Nampa Public Library is providing laser engraving! 👀

Laser engraving is now available!
See details at nampalibrary.org/laser

12/05/2022

A great opportunity to learn about bringing citizen science to your library!

Intro to Citizen Science Professional Development Workshop
Join fellow educators for a "mini PD" exploring strategies for engaging students in meaningful learning through Citizen Science. The first of our three-part virtual PD workshop series: Citizen Science & Pocket Labs. Workshops may be taken individually as stand-alone programs, or in succession for PD credit.

Idaho Public Educators (including public/charter school teachers & staff, public library workers & non-profit/after-school program personnel) are automatically eligible for a $100 scholarship through the Idaho STEM Action Center.

https://gizmocda.civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=43&fbclid=IwAR3Xvv53tkY3zi2u4NEz3lSDQxBAdkH0JpfMHAuxWNQYqLQ9dTpWsFRVmes

11/29/2022

A great FT job opportunity to work with makerspace technologies at the unBound Branch of the Meridian Library District!

The Meridian Library District is hiring for two full-time positions:

- unBound branch library assistant
- District digital services librarian

Learn more about these exciting opportunities at mld.org/employment.

11/22/2022

A great way to promote making and support a culture of repair!

Clothe-mending specialists will be available to repair your clothing for free, whether it be a simple stitch, a lengthy sew, patch, or zipper/button replacement, our specialists can help!

Please limit your clothing to 4 items per person (you may bring in extra and those will be serviced if there are specialists available).

If you’re interested, these specialists will also teach you their mending techniques.

Buttons, zippers, patches and sewing string is all provided by the library.

Flying M is providing free coffee and cookies!

You may also just come by and observe clothe-mending.

This program is welcome to any age.

Photos from Challis Public Library's post 11/16/2022

Great work Challis Public Library on putting those Makey Makey's to use! They're a great way to get started with circuits :)

Photos from Making, Innovating, and Learning Laboratory-The MILL's post 11/01/2022

What an AMAZING multi-color print to commemorate the holiday!

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Introducing New Citizen Science Resources Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 10/18/2022

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Introducing New Citizen Science Resources Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

A great opportunity to learn about bringing citizen science to your library!

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Introducing New Citizen Science Resources Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. This webinar is part of our Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network. In this webinar you will learn about new kit resources, along with new webpages on the SciStarter website to help aid you in bringing citizen science to you...

IdahoLibraryMakers groups.io Group 10/03/2022

IdahoLibraryMakers groups.io Group

Sign up for the Idaho Library Makers listserv where you and your staff can connect with other library staff supporting maker programming, tools, and resources!

IdahoLibraryMakers groups.io Group The Libraries in Idaho Talking Trends (LITT) community is made up of Idaho library staff with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that our community experiences great success and continued growth. Overall, we are kind to and respectful of each oth...

Timeline photos 09/15/2022

A great opportunity to support the making and telling of stories in your community!

Applications are open for Poetry Out Loud Idaho, organized by the Idaho Commission on the Arts! Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest that encourages 9th-12th grade students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The program is completely free for participating schools, libraries, and home schools! Register here: https://arts.idaho.gov/poetry-out-loud/

When you register, you’ll receive materials and dedicated support to create a program that fits your students. Poetry Out Loud can be adapted for use in-person or online, and the scope and timing of your contest is decided by your school.
Idaho schools and libraries are registered by a staff member who serves as the Poetry Out Loud lead, acting as the primary contact and coordinating organization-wide activity. Other organizations, such as home school cooperatives and non-profits, are also welcome to host Poetry Out Loud contests.

Photos from Instructables's post 08/22/2022

A great resource for teaching and talking about 3D design!

Photos from Caldwell Public Library's post 06/22/2022

What a great use of 3D printing!

06/17/2022

Some zine-tastic learning and networking opportunities!

The Zines & Libraries Conference is a FREE, two-day virtual gathering of librarians, zine artists, and educators who will learn about all things zine. It will be Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. MT. https://www.zinelibraries.info/events/zines-librarians-conference-2022/

Makerspace: Button Maker 06/08/2022

Makerspace: Button Maker

Here's a great post about turning a button maker into a passive program!

Makerspace: Button Maker This will be one in a series of posts I’m going to do about how I run various makerspace activities in our library. I’ll try to include tips and tricks and some of our “lessons le…

Think Make Create Labs Curriculum – Idaho Out-Of-School Network 06/03/2022

Think Make Create Labs Curriculum – Idaho Out-Of-School Network

There must be something in the air other than pollen, because here's another makerspace/ STEM job in Idaho!

Think Make Create Labs Curriculum – Idaho Out-Of-School Network Full-time, one year position providing greater access to STEM programs for rural and under-resourced youth. Primary responsibilities: 1) Coordinating and expanding services to youth with a fleet of 25 trailers outfitted as mobile makerspace units called Think-Make-Create (TMC) labs hosted by out-of-...

06/03/2022

Look at that, a makerspace job opening in Idaho! 👀

Yes!🤩 We're hiring for two positions! 😁

Want to learn more? 📖 Links to each job description are in our bio ✨

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Photos from Making, Innovating, and Learning Laboratory-The MILL's post 05/31/2022

Do you have a 3D pen sitting unused in a closet or drawer? Is it there because you aren't sure what to do with it? Here's a great idea!

Timeline photos 05/24/2022

A great opportunity to work at an amazing makerspace right here in Idaho!

Gizmo is looking to hire two Innovative Educators to build deep partnerships with local educators, schools, and regional districts thanks to the incredible support of Idaho STEM Action Center. Do you know someone who should join us in our mission to empower educators to innovate in their school communities? Have them apply today at lnkd.in/ej8bcx8m!

It's our Bananaversary! Celebrating 10 Years of Invention 05/18/2022

It's our Bananaversary! Celebrating 10 Years of Invention

Raise your hand if you've got one at your library!

It's our Bananaversary! Celebrating 10 Years of Invention Happy Bananaversary to Makey Makey! We're stoked to announce a new milestone for Makey Makey! This month, we are celebrating 10 years of invention! From the start, we have placed a high value on learning through play and discovery, delivering tools that inspire joy and creative exploration, and supp...

04/27/2022

Know any makers with a knack for audio equipment and a passion for helping others?

The Idaho Talking Book Service (TBS) is recruiting for a Program Specialist to manage the TBS recording studio & operate the equipment, work with volunteers, administer a database, complete reports, & more to support the TBS, which is a free, convenient audiobook library service for those in Idaho who are blind, have low vision, or other qualifying conditions. Apply by May 8. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/idaho/jobs/3516837/talking-book-service-tbs-program-specialist

03/24/2022

Have a look at what Lewiston City Library is making happen in their community! Many thanks to the Idaho STEM Action Center for helping support the Make It at the Library program 😀

Participants of our Make It @ the Library programs learned several ways to use our Cricut cutting machine, mug press, and heat press. A grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center, administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries, helped make these programs possible. We look forward to offering more classes in the future, so stay tuned!

Timeline photos 03/16/2022

A great professional development opportunity made just for makers! See what I did there? ;)

Want to build a creative maker program at your library? Are limited staff, space or budget preventing you from creating a makerspace in your library? An upcoming webinar series will showcase steps to build and sustain a maker program in any library. Read more at https://buff.ly/3MOgnfT

Instagram Photos 03/11/2022

A great learning opportunity or all you folks who have jumped on the zine train!

Professional Development for Libraries - Planning for Citizen Science Month - SciStarter 02/09/2022

Professional Development for Libraries - Planning for Citizen Science Month - SciStarter

Are you wanting to host an event for Citizen Science Month in April? This webinar will be a great place to get started!

Professional Development for Libraries - Planning for Citizen Science Month - SciStarter This webinar is part of our Professional Development for Libraries Series hosted by the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network.

02/02/2022

What a great way to put 3D printing to use!

This little sewing machine was handed down to a student over the holidays. At the MILL we were able to help teach the student how to use it and 3D model and print the missing bobbin cover plate.

01/26/2022

It's like the census, but for makerspaces ;) Make sure you get counted!

The Annual Survey of Makerspaces is an annual point-in-time snapshot of the inner workings and impact of makerspaces across the United States. This longitudinal data set enables maker organizations to access the information needed to apply for funding, make strategic decisions, and share the compelling story of the impact that the maker movement is having on communities, locally and nationally. Following a hiatus during 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to be administering the 2021 survey - live now through March 31, 2022 - https://makethedata.org/2021-survey-of-makerspaces/

The Annual Survey is administered in three versions determined by the role of the survey respondent:

The MEMBER Survey should be completed by anyone who participates in activities at a makerspace.

The LEADERSHIP Survey should be completed by anyone who considers themselves a leader within a maker organization. This could be a shop captain or teacher, Board Member, or someone who is on paid staff.

The ECONOMIES Survey should be filled out only once for each makerspace, and it should be filled out by a leader in the makerspace who has access to operations information.

What are you waiting for? Quantify your impact today. Learn more at: https://makethedata.org/2021-survey-of-makerspaces/

Photos from Peeka VR's post 01/10/2022

Excited to see such a good turn out for the VR picture book event at Nampa Public Library! Peeka VR was a partner in helping make Make It happen last year.

01/06/2022

I'm excited to see Peeka VR working with libraries to bring their unique VR experiences to Idaho kids!

Tomorrow!
Join us for a special virtual reality Storytime with Peeka from 10:15 to 11:30 am in the children's area!
Peeka and the Nampa Public Library are collaborating to distribute virtual reality reading experiences to families in our community. Peeka is a mobile platform where picture books come to life in virtual reality. Come experience it for yourself!

01/04/2022

This class and zine could serve as inspiration for a library program(s) around the ideas of DIY and Right to Repair!

You can’t break something that is already broken. Understanding this piece of wisdom is the first step in the process of repair and part of the foundation for our new freshman seminar DES 1408: Dare to Repair.

Learn about our new class and see their work in their e-zine at z.umn.edu/daretorepair

Program Expansion Grant - Idaho STEM Action Center 12/06/2021

Program Expansion Grant - Idaho STEM Action Center

If you're looking to expand your existing maker programming, this might be a funding source to check out!

Program Expansion Grant - Idaho STEM Action Center Program Expansion Grant Opportunity Goals and Objectives The goal of the Program Expansion Grant is to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences or programs that encourage student participation in and engagement with tangible STEM/21st-Century skills and proficiencies. This grant will provide f...

Edcamp: Maker Learning 11/29/2021

Edcamp: Maker Learning

A great professional development opportunity this coming Saturday!

Edcamp: Maker Learning Join us on December 4 for Edcamp: Maker Learning, an online unconference-style professional development experience for and by educators.

Timeline photos 11/10/2021

A fantastic take and make idea from Caldwell Public Library!

Stop by the library to grab our newest take-home kit! The kit contains instructions and materials for you to learn how to make a no sew wreath at home. Use the wreath to decorate your home for the upcoming holidays or gift it to a loved one.

Intended for ages 13+. Available only while supplies last.

Our Story

The project is designed to support the creation of Makerspaces in Idaho libraries and encourage the delivery of library services to digital users “where they live.” The Commission will provide the necessary materials and trainings to implement creative, STEAM-based programming for all ages. The project will :


  • Provide library staff with tools and skills to encourage college and career-ready opportunities in their libraries.

  • Assist libraries in developing events and services to keep their communities engaged with the emerging trends in information access.
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