Makerspaces in the Library

A Makerspace is a support program that the library can offer that provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, tinker, build, invent, and relax.

Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes. You should consider your student population, your administrative support, your budget, your schedule, your school climate, your temperament, etc.

Your Makerspace may be embedded into library class or it may be offered only before or after school. It may be open just for lunch or just for reward time. It may be an entire course even!

There's no real wrong way to do a Makerspace but be sure to do your homework before diving in. The following resources may help you as you start or expand your Makerspace.

These books...

These other resources:

Check out this post from The Daring Librarian blog. Author Gwyneth Jones has made it easy for librarians to find and buy the things they will need to start a basic Makerspace.

If you're on Twitter, follow @LFlemingEDU and as well as these hashtags #handsoncoding #coding #worldsofmaking #Makerspace #MakerED #worldsoflearning.

This Padlet is chock full of elementary level books that blend literacy with all sorts of Makerspace concepts from coding to 3D to cooking to engineering.

Also, TIE member districts should check out TIE Reads for free access to digital Coding and Makerspaces titles.

These items:


  • 3D printer
  • Makey Makey
  • Sphero
  • Circuit Scribe
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Ozobots
  • Go Pro
  • Piper computer kit
  • MakeyMakey
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Cubelets
  • LittleBits
  • SnapCircuits
  • Arduino
  • Scratch
  • green screen w/ app


  • LEGOs (of course!)
  • cardboard
  • general craft supplies
  • outdated/discarded electronics
  • K'Nex
  • RubixCubes
  • board games
  • puzzles
  • coloring books & crayons
  • doodle books and markers
  • KEVA planks
  • knitting & cross stitch supplies
  • Play-doh
  • Strawbees
  • origami paper w/ accompanying book
  • Lincoln Logs

Disclaimer: The South Dakota State Library does not endorse any service, product, or recommendation listed in this blog.


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