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The Unquiet Library Becomes A “Makerspace” . . .


Today’s post is about a high school library in the U. S. but the activities explored are definitely for adults and for other countries.

Buffy Hamilton is the Unquiet Librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia, U. S. A.

I found her through the article Library as Makerspace: Creating and Nurturing Communities of Teen Writers.

She’s creating a program for her students called a Makerspace:

“Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creative goals.”

The activities include:

  • Creative writing (memoirs, poetry, short stories, novels) and writer’s craft
  • Self publishing options (print as well as eBook/eInk)
  • Academic writing
  • Digital and/or multimodal composition
  • Multigenre writing
  • Storytelling

Seems obvious that adult libraries or other organizations could create similar spaces and Ms. Hamilton gives lots of resources for planning Makerspaces.

Buffy mentions the Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento, California as one of her inspirations and back in October of 2011 I included them in my post  Should We All Self-Publish A Book?

So, whether for youth or adults, Makerspaces are yet another response to the freeing of creativity that’s happening, all over, in response to the evolution of the BookWorld.

The video below, from the Sacramento Public Library, gives sight to the heart of this phenomenon:


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6 responses to “The Unquiet Library Becomes A “Makerspace” . . .

  1. SoupJonson (@SoupJonson) August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Excellent blog post. I am going to make a real effort to reach out to my friends in the library field and get them to your site. We have a room in my library that isn’t used. It is something worth considering. I definitly am intrigued. Stay tuned.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Very Cool, Soup. Think you can create a Makerspace there?

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  2. janedarntonwatson August 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, yes very cool post. What a wonderful machine. Watching it is like watching the Gutenberg Press for the first time! I read last night that my local library in Melbourne is re-opening in a few weeks time after undergoing 20 million dollars worth of re-building. If there is not an Espresso Book Machine in there, as a ratepayer who has obviously contributed to this through their municipal rates, I am going to want to know why!! :) I’ll be sending a link to this post to the library and the local authority as soon as the library opens…

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Go for it, Jane!!

      Self-publishing at a library has all kinds of potential—the already existing Community at libraries—the networking that libraries do—the marvelous word-of-mouth—etc., etc…

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  3. Barbara Blackcinder August 17, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Excellent post once again. The way you keep aiding libraries and reading they are going to start calling you Benjamin Zoltai soon. :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Big Whoot goin’ out to ya, Barb :-)

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