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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 :

Training Postponed

In light of COVID-19 recommendations from the governor and public health officials for social distancing, the VR Storytelling training in May has been postponed, and the application link deactivated. 

Based on feedback from previous Make It trainings, and the number of applications we’d already received, I know folks are eager for a VR training! My plan is to reschedule this event.  

Stay tuned to LibIdaho and the Make It! Facebook page for future details, and take care of yourselves out there! – Deana

Applications now open for Make It at the Library – VR Storytelling!   

Friday May 29th OR Saturday May 30th in Boise at the ICfL offices. Both days will be the same. Why just consume VR experiences when you can make them too?!  

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) welcomes applications from publicly-funded libraries in Idaho. This includes school, academic, tribal, and public libraries. 

This one-day training strives to raise library staff, and their communities, from virtual reality (VR) consumers to VR experience creators. In doing so, library staff will learn 21st Century skills they can pass along to their communities! 

Up to 40 libraries will be accepted into this training (20 max per day). Each library will receive the following: 

  • One VR Storytelling Creation kit  
    • 4x iPod touch  
    • 4x smartphone holder headsets  
    • 1x 360-degree camera  
    • 1x tripod  
    • 1x tote  
  • Training on using Google Expeditions  
  • Training on using 360 degree camera equipment  

ICfL is partnering with the STEM Action Center and Paul Zimmerman, from Blaine Schools, to provide this training. 

Selected libraries may send up to two library staff members to the training. A light breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for all who attend. Each library is asked to bring a laptop to use during the training. For staff from libraries located more than 50 miles from Boise, ICfL will arrange and pay for one nights lodging. Mileage reimbursement will be available for those living more than 50 miles away from Boise. To encourage sustainability, libraries that are eligible for mileage reimbursement, have multiple staff attending, and are driving, will only receive one mileage reimbursement. 

Thanks to support from the STEM Action Center and IMLS, attendees will leave the training with a kit to create VR experiences, and have some of their travel expenses covered.   

Applications will be accepted through March 23rd. All applicants will be notified by April 1st as to the status of their application. If you have any questions about this program or your request, please contact Deana Brown at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, (208) 639-4156 or (800) 458-3271 or at deana.brown@libraries.idaho.gov. 

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2019

New Libraries chosen: February 2019 – Maker Extravaganza

2018

New Libraries chosen: October 2018 – Video 101

New Libraries chosen: January 2018 – Cricut and Design Thinking

2017

2016

2015

2014

  • 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

2013

The following libraries participated in the Make at the Library project.

2019 – 48 Participating Libraries:

  • Ada Community Library
  • Boise Basin Library
  • Boise Public Library, Hillcrest Branch
  • Burley Public Library
  • Centennial High School Library
  • Clearwater County District Library @ Weippe
  • Clearwater Memorial Public Library
  • Coeur d’Alene High School
  • Coeur d’Alene Public Library
  • College of Western Idaho Library
  • Community Library Network
  • DeMary Memorial Library
  • Eagle Rock Middle School Library
  • Eastern Owyhee County Library
  • Emmett Public Library
  • Fruitland High School Library, Fruitland School District #373
  • Hailey Public Library
  • Heyburn Elementary Library
  • Idaho Falls Media Center
  • Idaho Falls Public Library
  • Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind Library
  • Kuna Library
  • Lakeland Jr. High School Library
  • Larsen-Sant Library
  • Lowell Scott Middle School
  • Madison Junior High
  • Marshall Public Library
  • Meadows Valley Public Library
  • Meridian Library District Silverstone Branch
  • Notus Public Library
  • Oneida County Library
  • Patricia Romanko Public Library
  • Payette Public Library
  • Pierce Free Public
  • Portneuf District Library
  • Potlatch Public Library
  • Prairie River Library District, Lapwai Branch
  • Riverglen Junior High
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School
  • Skyline High School Media Center
  • South Bannock Library District
  • Southside Elementary
  • Taylorview Media Center
  • Thunder Ridge High School Library
  • Tri-Community Library
  • University of Idaho Library
  • Valley of the Tetons Library
  • West Bonner Library District

2018 – 45 Participating Libraries:

  • Aberdeen Distrcit Library
  • Ada Community Library Star Branch
  • Armoral Tuttle Public Library
  • Boise Basin Library District
  • Borah High School Library
  • Centennial High School
  • Clearwater County Free Library @ WEIPPE
  • Coeur d’Alene High School
  • DeMary Memorial Library
  • Eagle High School
  • Eagle Rock Middle School
  • Garden Valley District Library
  • Gooding High School Library
  • Gooding Middle School Library
  • Hailey Public Library
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Hillcrest Elementary (Boise)
  • Idaho Falls Public Library
  • Idaho Fine Arts Academy
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • John Brown Elementary School Library
  • Kootenai Elementary Library
  • Kuna Library District
  • Lake Hazel Middle School Library
  • Latah County Library District – Moscow Public Library
  • Lewis Clark State College Library
  • Madison Junior High
  • Madison Middle School Library
  • McCall Public Library
  • Meridian Academy, Central Academy, and Eagle Academy
  • Meridian Library District-Cherry Lane
  • Meridian Library District-UnBound
  • Middleton Public Library
  • Nampa Public Library
  • Oneida County Library
  • Payette Public Library
  • Portneuf District Library
  • Rockland School/Community Library
  • Skyline High School
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Taylorview Middle and Idaho Falls High School
  • Timberline High School
  • Twin Lakes Elementary
  • Victory Middle School
  • Wood River Middle School

2017 – 45 Participating Libraries:

  • 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

2016 – 8 Participating Libraries:

  • 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

2015 – 10 Participating Libraries:

  • 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 – 6 Participating Libraries:

  • 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 Deana at 208.639-4156 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Deana.

Deana Brown

Emerging Trends Consultant
Email / 208.639.4156
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This program is brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.