Two Grants Extend Maker Corps Programming

Maker Corps

The library’s Bubbler program continues to support maker-based education for children and teens through a series of hands-on programs hosted in libraries, schools, and community places.  Two new grants will allow that work to continue and expand in 2017, in conjunction with the final year of our IMLS National Leadership Grant.

A partnership with Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, funded by Google, will allow Madison Public Library to participate in Making Spaces. The project connects schools with local or virtual hubs to develop maker spaces and maker education opportunities through crowdfunding, professional development, and community engagement.  Watch The Bubbler or our Kids page for more information about this initiative in the spring.

A recent grant from the Evjue Foundation to the Madison Public Library Foundation will allow the library to expand last year’s Maker Corps program (another partnership through Maker Ed) to year-round programming in libraries and schools.  This past summer, the program brought teaching artists to Madison libraries and summer school sites, in the fall programming was extended to Leopold and Mendota Community Schools and the Allied Drive Learning Center.  Learn more about our Maker Corps  summer of making.

Maker-based programming explores beginning screen printing, circuit blocks & paper circuits, sock monsters (with basic sewing skills!), strawbees geometric sculptures, engineering mystery box challenges, stop motion animation, MakeyMakey invention machines and more through connecting children with artists and providing kits and education to teachers and caregivers to help them do their own maker-based educational projects in classrooms, afterschool programs, and outreach organizations.  Check the Bubbler Jr. calendar for upcoming classes & workshops in our libraries.