#STEMchat Libraries as Makerspaces

STEMchat on Twitter brings parents, educators and STEM professional together to share ideas and resources.

Join in for the next #STEMchat Tuesday evening, October 23 from 8-9 Central (9 Eastern, 6 Pacific). Breaking from our pattern (admit it, it was getting old) we’re talking Libraries as Makerspaces thanks to our sponsor, the American Library Association

I know Maker Mom fans are fond of libraries and no doubt have the well-worn library cards to prove it. Sure, libraries are full of STEM resources in the form of books, periodicals and reference materials, but some go beyond that with tech spaces and hands-on facilities.

With real librarians(!) as our guides, we’ll learn more about cutting edge makerspaces, tech labs and hand-on programs across the nation. We’ll share tips and inspiration for helping some of that happen in our own ‘hoods, as well.


Jenny Levine @Shifted is a strategy guide for the American Library Association and tech-forward thinker with a gaming background. She blogs, too.

Steve Teeri @Telephase works with young adults in a most amazing makerspace located in a Detroit Public Library.

—> Just added: Lisa Kurt @lisapisa77 is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She is liaison to art, computer science and engineering, journalism, and any other makers she can find in the Reno area. She blogs at Lisa Kurt and at ACRL TechConnect.

Kimberly Coleman @FoodieCityMom loves libraries and recently attended the World Maker Faires in New York City. She is the author of the lifestyle/food blog Foodie City Mom and Mom in the City covering good deals and fun things for families to see and do in NYC.

Sarah Auerswald @SAuerswald is a mom of busy tween boys, blogger at Sarah and Sons, and co-founder of the regional mom blog, MomsLA.

Me, @KimMoldofsky, a library card holder since 1973, blogger, instigator, maker of messes, children and cool stuff.

If you want to do a little pre-chat prep:

And if talking about libraries makes you feel warm and fuzzy, share a favorite library story with the ALA.

See you Tuesday night!

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