Make It at the Library: Where Idaho Makers Meet

Project Overview: 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.
  • Train library staff to facilitate 21st century skill learning.
Applications are Now closed

Application for Make It at your Library: with a focus on Design Thinking and Design 2018 is now closed. Only publicly funded libraries in the state of Idaho are eligible. This includes school, public and academic libraries.

This year's Make It at the Library training will be held regionally. Up to 45 participating libraries will be selected on a competitive basis. Participating library staff must agree to:
  • complete homework assignments prior to trainings
  • attend one of the following 2-day regional trainings
  • complete end-of-program summary/evaluation by September 30, 2018
  • identify a problem within their library and use two or more tools presented in the Design Jam portion of training to help design a solution
  • design and implement two or more programs using take-away tech tools
  • design two or more improvements to your library or library service using take-away tech tools.

A maximum of 15 libraries per training date/location will be selected to participate. 2018 training dates are:

  • March 15 & 16, in Boise
  • April 3 & 4, in Idaho Falls
  • April 10 & 11 in Moscow
Training locations and times are subject to change depending on the number of applications from each region. Accepted applicants will be notified of changes at least one month in advance of revised training dates and/or locations.

Selected libraries may send up to two library staff members. ICfL will pay for a hotel room for two days, provide lunch and breakfast, and reimburse libraries for additional per diem and mileage. Mileage reimbursed will be based on the distance from the participating library’s address and the nearest training location. A portion of the training will be focused on the use of design thinking and the design cycle to solve problems with a library. Take-away tools include: Cricut Maker and tools, iPad Pro and Apple pencil, littleBits, tegu blocks and more.

Libraries having participated in prior Make It at the Library years are eligible to apply. Libraries consisting of multiple branches or locations are welcome to apply for each of those sites. Please note that unlike prior years, this year's participation requires no Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the STEM Action Center. Please read ALL sections carefully before submitting your application to ensure that you are able to meet all of the requirements.
Applications closed Friday, January 19, 2018

Please review a pdf of the application before beginning online application.

Past Libraries
The following libraries participated in the Make at the Library project.
2017: Library Name:
  • Ada Community Library Star Branch
  • Bellevue Public Library
  • Burley Public Library
  • Coeur d'Alene Public Library
  • Eagle High School
  • East Bonner County Library District
  • Emmett Public Library
  • Galileo STEM Academy
  • Garden City Public Library
  • Garden Valley District Library
  • Glenns Ferry Public Library
  • Gooding Elementary School Library
  • Gooding High School Library
  • Gooding Middle School Library
  • Gooding Public Library
  • Grangeville Centennial Library
  • Grangeville Elem./Middle School Library
  • Hailey Public Library
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Homedale Public Library
  • Idaho Falls High School
  • ISDB Library
  • Jerome Public Library
  • Kamiah Community Library
  • Kimberly High School
  • Lakeland High School
  • Lapwai Middle-High School
  • Larsen-Sant Library
  • Lewiston City Library
  • Lizard Butte Library
  • Madison Junior High
  • Madison Library District
  • Marshall Public Library
  • Mary McPherson elementary
  • Meadows Valley Public Library
  • Meridian Library District
  • Moscow Middle School Library
  • North Bingham County District Library
  • Pepper Ridge Elementary Library
  • Salmon Public Library
  • South Bannock Library District
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Syringa Middle School
  • Taylorview Middle School

  • Eagle Public Library
  • Garden Valley District Library
  • Latah County Library District-Moscow
  • Lemhi County District Library:Salmon
  • McCall Public Library
  • Mountain Home Public Library
  • Patricia Romanko Public Library (Parma)
  • Richfield Library District

  • Caldwell Public Library
  • Bear Lake County Library
  • Burley Public Library
  • DeMary Memorial Library
  • Marshall Public Library
  • North Bingham County District Library
  • Payette Public Library
  • Shoshone Public Library
  • Centennial High School Library
  • Heritage Middle School Library

  • Aberdeen District Library
  • Buhl Public Library
  • East Bonner County District Library
  • Jerome Public Library
  • Portneuf District Library
  • Twin Falls Public Library

The original five libraries chosen for the project in 2013 include:
  • Ada Community Library
  • Community Library Network
  • Gooding Public Library
  • Meridian District Library
  • Snake River School Community Library
If you have any questions, call Sue at 208.334.2150 for assistance.

The ICfL is providing participating libraries with:
  • STEAM tools,
  • Design Thinking tools,
  • Intensive training focused on:
    • Maker Culture
    • STEAM-based programs,
    • Design Thinking and Design Process.
  • Technical support, and
  • Evaluation/Assessment tools.

Library staff will increase their knowledge of how to use design thinking. They will learn how to incorporate technologies and skills into library programming in order to improve, enhance, and increase services to all ages.

Workshop Documents
  • New Libraries chosen: January 5, 2016
  • Introductory Webinar: February 4, 2016 -Archived Recording
  • Training One: February 24-26, 2016- Agenda; Homework Assignments; Maker Culture Presentation; Circuitry Presentation; Edison Controller Manual; Edison Programmer Manual; E-textile/Bookmark Instructions;
  • Training Two: May 4-6, 2016 Agenda; Day 1 Presentation; Day 2 Presentation; Day 3 Presentation;
  • 2015
    • New Libraries chosen: January 17, 2014
    • Introductory Webinar: February 4, 2014 - Archived Recording;
    • Training One: February 24-25, 2014 - Agenda; PPT 
    • Training Two: May 19-20, 2014 - Agenda; PPT
    • Training Three: September 25 - 27, 2014 3D Design and Printing
  • Pilot Libraries chosen: December 15, 2012
  • Introductory Webinar: January 2013 - Agenda; Powerpoint
  • Training One: February 11-12, 2013 - Agenda;Powerpoint
  • Webinar Two: April 23, 2013 - Agenda
  • Training Two: May 20-21, 2013 - Agenda
  • Webinar Three: September 2013 - Recording; Notes
  • Training Three: November 6-8, 2013 Agenda; Outline of 3D Content
  • Idaho Library Resources
    Makerspace Resources

    Presentations and Press on the Make It Project


    Funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Micron Foundation.