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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 :

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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.

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Make It at the Library training is 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 an issue or problem within their library and use two or more methods 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.

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.

The following libraries participated in the Make at the Library project.
2018 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 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 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 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 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 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.






  • 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


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If you have any questions, please contact Sue.

Sue Walker

Sue Walker

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