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The cover of Press Here (Hervé Tullet, 2011).

Books for Makers, Part 1: Selection

Because “making” can be hard to define, at least in the MAKEHSOP context, finding books that are a good fit for our visitors can be a challenge. Last summer, fellow Teaching Artist (and fellow librarian) Henry and I started picking new books to add to the MAKESHOP book collection so we could begin our Maker Story Time program. In this blog series, I’ll share some of the ways in which we go through t
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Running stitch example close up

The Running Stitch and the Whip Stitch

  ​​When visitors sew for the first time, they often worry about the tools, like how to thread a needle and whether they’re going to poke themselves with the needle once it’s threaded. Once they start, however, they shift their focus to making a stitch. There are lots of ways to make a stitch, but there are two stitches that new sewers tend to start with: the running stitch and the whip stitch. Both
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Three Club Makers pose with the tutus they made.

Club Make

This year, YouthALIVE!, our after school program for middle school students, got a new name: Club Make. Students who participate in Club Make come to the MAKESHOP after school three days a week to work on projects with the help of mentors. During the first week of Club Make, the Club Makers wanted to make tutus—so we made it happen! We already had lots of fabric that worked well for tutus. One kind of fabric is calle
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Wax being spread on a Youth Maker's hands.

Youth Make Night Guest Maker: Anya Weitzman

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to have special guest makers come to share cool processes with us for our Youth Make nights, which are exclusively for older kids (10+). For our August edition of Youth Make, Anya Weitzman showed us how to make replica body parts out of chocolate through a process called life casting. A cast is a product of pouring something liquid into a mold, which is an empty space that makes a s
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A blank ScratchJr screen

Hello, ScratchJr!

We’ve been using Scratch to create animations, games, and art in the MAKESHOP for a while. Scratch is a programming language that teaches kids how to develop things that can be played with and looked at on a computer, and we love to use Scratch to make interactive pieces around MAKESHOP. Scratch can be a little tricky to understand, and until recently, older kids (8 to 16 years old) were usually better at makin
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What Are Your Favorite Books That Inspire Making?

I love to read. Before I could read by myself, my mom read stories to me a lot. Some stories were my favorite because of the pictures, while others were my favorite because they let me imagine things I had never seen or heard before, and I liked using my imagination. Books can be good tools to give people good ideas. Since we’re always looking for good ideas in MAKESHOP, we started doing a Maker Story Time. My
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