Libraries are the embodiment of learning in a collaborative community. School libraries further foster that love of learning in an academic environment. In order to free society from the cycle of just consuming, creators are needed. Makerspaces provide libraries with the opportunities to create, experiment, and acquire or perfect new skills. In school libraries, the process of making demonstrates desired outcomes for 21st century learners and for learning as an overall process. Makers are able to contribute, communicate, and collaborate as they connect, curate, and create. Makerspaces adapt with a constantly changing world and are at the forefront of a new culture of participatory learning. Makers are utilizing analytical and critical thinking abilities and dispositions in line with Common Core State Standards as they further develop skills necessary for succeeding in the 21st century. All school libraries should consider having a makerspace where students can let projects take form from their interests and curiosity.
Options range from the sophisticated FabLabs being created and distributed by MIT and Stanford down to a tiny elementary school library that makes available a box or Legos or Lincoln Logs, paper for origami or bookmaking or maybe yarn and needles for knitting with numerous variations inbetween. So, think about how you can introduce this concept in your particular library.