Make It at the Library: Where Idaho Makers Meet

Project Overview: This is a pilot project implemented in 2012-2013. 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 tweens and teens. The project will encourage the use of new technologies and tools to:

  • Support access to information and services in new and collaborative ways.
  • Keep teens and tweens engaged with the emerging trends in information access.
  • Introduce the concept of stealth programming as a way to involve tweens and teens in informal programming.
New Libraries
We are pleased to announce that the following publicly-funded public libraries will be joining the Make It at the Library project for 2016:

  • 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
  • Past Libraries
    The following libraries participated in the Make at the Library project.
    • 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

    • 2014:
      • 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 manipulative kits and materials,
    • Customized curriculum,
    • Intensive training focused on:
      • Makerspaces
      • STEAM-based tween/teen programs,
      • Stealth (informal) programming, and
      • Design Thinking and Design Process.
    • Technical support, and
    • Evaluation/Assessment tools.

    Library staff will increase their knowledge of how to use technology commonly used by teens in meaningful and concrete ways. They will learn how to incorporate these technologies and skills into library programming in order to improve, enhance, and increase services to teens. Each participating library will be required to dedicate the staff and space necessary to create a Makerspace to which teens and other patrons will have access. Staff will be required to use this space, materials, and acquired knowledge to engage teens:

    • In a minimum of two events during the project period (January -June ), including Teen Tech Week (March )
    • In a minimum of four stealth programs during the project period.
    Sample Memorandum of Understanding
    • Project participants demonstrate the ability to create formal programs with the materials and curriculum provided,
    • Project participants demonstrate the ability to create informal or “stealth” programming that tweens/teens can work on independently within the Makerspace,
    • Tween/teens identify the library as a place to develop STEAM skills individually or in groups, including use of the Makerspace.
    By the end of the one year pilot project each participating library will:
    • Attend six days of face to face trainings,
    • Attend two to five virtual trainings and check-ins,
    •  Receive a variety of Maker Materials including:
      • Robotics kits
      • Circuitry
      • 3D Printers,
      • Electronics tools, materials, supplies, and
      • Additional educational materials as deemed appropriate and relevant to the project.
    • Create, implement, and submit three or more projects/events using the STEAM/Maker materials and curriculum,
    • Create, implement, and submit four or more “stealth” programs to be implemented in the Makerspace at the library
    • Utilize evaluation tools and anecdotal information to gather data on:
      • number of teens participating in project events,
      • interest in STEAM programming,
      • efficacy of STEAM programming in the library,
      • increase in knowledge of program topic areas,
      • best practices to improve, expand, and/or increase programming for teens in the Makerspace
    • Complete all of the MOU requirements (It will be explicitly stated that if a library does not complete the requirements, they will be responsible for returning all materials to ICfL at their own expense.)
    The following indicators are what the Commission has set as expectations for the project.
    • 60% of libraries completing the MOU requirements plan additional STEAM programs (either formal or informal) during year one of the project.
    • 66% (2 of 3) of libraries with branches plan or hold a STEAM program in one of the branches during the last six months of the project.
    • 60% of libraries completing the MOU requirements report successful informal (stealth) programming.
    • 50% of libraries report an increased understanding of, and interest in supporting Makerspaces.
    • 75% of teens surveyed report they would participate in another STEAM program.
    • 70% of teens surveyed report an increased interest in pursuing STEAM careers or fields of study.
    Schedule and Workshop Documents
    • 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
    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.