Makerspace Projects for School, Public and Academic Libraries

September 15, 2016

The Maker Movement is coming to your library! Join Colleen and Aaron Graves as they discuss project ideas to help introduce the concept of making in your library programming. This dynamic duo will discuss how to create a culture and community of makers regardless of your library level. You’ll hear how to plan makerspace workshops and how to ensure patrons can pursue open-ended maker projects and enjoy playing to learn.

You’ll learn:

  1. How makerspace projects can bring creativity to your library programming
  2. How to run an awesome makerspace workshop
  3. The concepts behind creating open-ended maker projects
  4. The importance of community voice and community choice in a library makerspace


Colleen Graves

Colleen Graves

Teacher-Librarian at Ryan High School, TX
Colleen Graves is a middle school/high school librarian, obsessed with learning commons transformations, makerspaces, technology education and making stuff. Colleen brings a passionate, artistic energy to the school library world. As a connected educator, she brings the global community to her students on a daily basis. She blogs about makerspaces and libraries at and is happy to announce that she is co-authoring two books for maker librarians to be published in 2016. Colleen was awarded the School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Co-finalist Award in 2014, named by Scholastic as one of the Top 10 School Librarians to follow on Twitter in 2015 and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2016. Look for her upcoming book, coauthored with Aaron Graves, The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn. You can follow Colleen @gravescolleen on Twitter and Facebook.
Aaron Graves

Aaron Graves

Aaron has 18 years of experience in education. He is a mash-up of robot geek, book lover and tech wizard. Aaron gained his perseverance for projects through collaborative and interactive art experiences as a member of the Good/Bad Art Collective. He is an active speaker and presenter on libraries, makerspaces and research skills. In his free time he can be found writing, restoring microcars or inventing something that makes you smile! His upcoming book, coauthored with Colleen Graves, is titled The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at