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Creating Motivating, Engaging Work Spaces for Your Library

Presented by Crystal Trice
An Award-Winning School and Public Librarian

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Specifically designed for: School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • Discover quality examples of successful makerspaces in libraries nationwide
  • New, engaging makerspaces and activities designed specifically to reinforce and boost academic skills
  • A variety of engaging makerspace ideas that pique students’ interest and enhance motivation for repeated practice of essential academic skills
  • Cost-efficient ideas for making the best use of your time, funding and space
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas designed specifically for creating and enhancing makerspaces to fit the needs of your school or community

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This exciting seminar has been designed to help School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators who want to create or enhance makerspaces for their school and community.

What are Makerspaces?
Makerspaces are open community labs where students or community members with common interests gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices or projects. Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

  • Provide access to a wide variety of tools and technology
  • Facilitate group interaction, knowledge, and resource sharing
  • Supply access to physical space for individual project development
  • Provide an open environment for expression of creativity and innovation
  • Access to equipment for prototyping project ideas 

Crystal Trice, an award-winning librarian, will share how to develop an inviting, thriving environment where students can create and learn from each other. Crystal will provide you with numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources. Generating support among your stakeholders, locating inexpensive resources, and maximizing your library space are just a few of the topics that will be discussed. Whether you have existing makerspaces in your library already or are new to the idea of offering makerspaces, you are sure to find a wealth of ideas in this powerful one-day seminar!

Join Crystal for an inspiring day filled with practical tips that will give you the tools you need to develop or enhance your own makerspaces. As an added benefit, you will receive a NEW comprehensive resource handbook that has been specifically designed for this seminar, filled with outstanding ideas to help you get started in making makerspaces a reality in your own school, library or community.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn Tips and Tricks from Those Who Have Successfully Created Makerspaces
    Learn from the experience of others who have created outstanding makerspaces in their libraries … Discover what worked and what didn’t, saving yourself time and money
  2. Develop Makerspaces that Directly Support Essential Academic Skills
    Makerspaces go beyond fun, they create an environment where students can work together to express their creativity, explore ideas and practice and reinforce key academic skills
  3. Sponsor Makerspaces that Meet the Needs of Your School and Community
    Discover how to conduct a needs assessment that works for you and will help you design makerspaces that will play a vital role in your school and community
  4. Create Interactive, Hands-On Makerspaces Ideal for K-12 Students
    Engage students and promote creativity, problem-solving skills and higher-order thinking skills with makerspaces that are specifically designed for your own students … Whether you are new to library makerspaces or already have them set up, you are sure to find a wealth of ideas
  5. Boost STEM Skills with Makerspaces
    Learn how makerspaces can support STEM … Specific examples of makerspaces that help students expand their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills
  6. Focus Your Makerspace … Keeping Real and Reasonable
    In the world of makerspaces, the sky’s the limit; 3D printers, the latest technology, arts and crafts … Learn how to develop a plan that works within the needs of your school, community and budget
  7. Making Time for Makerspaces
    Discover strategies for creating time for makerspace exploration during your library’s busy schedule … Practical strategies for making makerspaces function efficiently within your busy day
  8. Stretch Your Budget and Make the Best Use of Existing Resources
    3-D printers are amazing, but not the only component of impressive makerspaces … Learn how to create a wealth of makerspaces from readily available materials found within your library … Low-cost ways to better utilize limited space, materials, resources, and school or community funds
  9. Reach New Library Users and Generate Support Among Your Stakeholders
    Discover how makerspaces draw patrons who may not normally use the library, which strengthens your relationship within the school and community … Specific strategies for generating support from your stakeholders including a communication strategy to get administrators and other decision makers on board and supporting your makerspaces
  10. Receive an Extensive Makerspace Handbook
    Leave with a resource manual filled with the newest, most current ideas, strategies and materials for creating and enhancing library makerspaces

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The latest ideas for creating or enhancing makerspaces in public and school libraries
  • Creative ways to teach students to collaborate through makerspace activities
  • How to use design-thinking to help your students succeed academically
  • How to make the most of your makerspace budget
  • Enhance existing makerspaces
  • Proven strategies to build support among your stakeholders
  • Strategies for boosting the STEM skills of your students
  • How to most effectively use volunteers and student helpers
  • Practical ideas to make your makerspaces a vital part of your school or community
  • The best inexpensive materials for your makerspaces and how to get them
  • Tips for planning successful makerspace projects
  • Time-management and organizational strategies to maximize makerspace use
  • Using your makerspaces as outreach to non-library users
  • Best tips and tricks from successful makerspace creators
  • Guidelines for creating a positive, safe and creative environment
  • Timesaving tips and cost-effective ideas for all budgets
  • Ways to challenge students to use higher-level thinking skills and to boost creativity with a variety of makerspace activities

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Like many of you, I had makerspaces in my school library before I knew to call it a makerspace. Students could come to the library and create things during recess using markers, scissors and glue. They used these simple materials to prototype iPad apps, create public service announcements, and teach each other drawing skills. There was a loud outcry on days I happened to run out of paper!

In recent years, more and more libraries have developed extensive makerspaces, providing a place for their students and community to collaborate, design and learn together. I have researched and studied the best examples of these makerspaces in order to provide you with the best, current strategies and practical ideas to grow your own makerspaces.

At this seminar, we will examine existing makerspaces together. We will learn what worked for them (and what didn’t!). We will also discuss how to energize your stakeholders and leaders for the project, how and where to gather creative materials inexpensively, and how to create a project plan that will maximize the space and time you have available. We will also examine the educational benefits of makerspaces, the importance of rules within your creative environment, and ideas that can fit a variety of budgets.

The bottom line is, your makerspaces should be purposeful, meaningful and support your school or community needs. I have designed this seminar to show you just how makerspaces can accomplish these goals. I will show you examples of outstanding makerspace ideas and activities that are easily replicated in any school or public library. I will also share timesaving tips and ideas and how to effectively use volunteers to keep your makerspaces functioning smoothly and with minimal time and effort.

Whether you work in an elementary, middle, high school, or public library, this seminar will provide you with the motivation, strategies and resources to start up or enhance your own successful makerspaces.

Crystal C. Trice

P.S. This seminar will focus on practical, budget-friendly ideas that will help you quickly establish a thriving makerspace in your library.

Who Should Attend

School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, and Administrators serving Grades K-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive Crystal Trice ’s extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • Practical techniques and strategies for planning, establishing and enhancing makerspaces in school or public libraries
  • Numerous ideas for low-cost or inexpensive makerspaces
  • Specific ways to create engaging makerspaces to enhance creativity and strengthen STEM skills
  • Ways to generate support and resources for makerspaces
  • And much, much more!

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in creating work spaces in their libraries.

Consultation Available
Crystal Trice will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own library.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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