Institute for Educational Development

LIBRARY CENTERS/MAKERSPACES: Creating More Engaging Learning Spaces in Your School LIBRARY

NEW Seminar Presented By
Cari White

Outstanding School Librarian and Presenter Author of The Centered School Library

Specifically Designed for School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • Practical strategies to incorporate more active, hands-on learning in your school library program
  • Innovative ideas to help you implement work stations that make the most of your time, space, technology, and budget
  • Proven techniques and examples of exemplary library centers and makerspaces
  • Timesaving tips and planning templates to maximize your space and organize your materials

Practical Strategies

In this NEW seminar, Cari White, experienced school librarian, author and blogger, will share how you can develop a more engaging and dynamic library space and schedule which encourage students to create, collaborate and extend their learning in your library. Cari will provide you with many cost-effective ideas that you can use right away, helping you to maximize your time and resources. Whether you are already using library centers and makerspaces or are new to these strategies, you are sure to find a wealth of ideas in this powerful one-day seminar!

Cari will share practical tips and the tools you need to develop or enhance your own library centers and makerspaces.

You will also receive a comprehensive resource handbook that has been specifically designed for this seminar, filled with outstanding ideas to help you get started with library centers and makerspaces in your library or to enhance your current library centers and makerspaces.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn Practical and Easy Ways to Incorporate Library Centers and Makerspaces that Will Transform Your School Library
    Dozens of ideas, strategies and resources to help you create and enhance library centers and makerspaces in your library … Cost-effective and innovative strategies you can use immediately!
  2. Increase the Effectiveness and Impact of Your School Library Program
    Specific strategies for enhancing library centers and makerspaces to increase the effectiveness and impact of your school library
  3. Maximize Your Limited Time and Resources
    You don't have to start from scratch and spend hours of time planning … Use what you already have and add to it along the way … Cari will show you how!
  4. Support the Creativity and Collaboration of AASL Standards
    Learn proven ways to go beyond student engagement to build environments rich in creation, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication
  5. Learn Timesaving Tips and Tricks
    Learn from the experience of others who have created outstanding student work stations in their school libraries … Discover what worked and what didn't
  6. Incorporate STEAM Skills with Library Centers and Makerspaces
    Learn how library centers and makerspaces support and reinforce science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills
  7. Reinforce Literature Connections
    Deepen student engagement with books and authors when students are actively learning at library centers and makerspaces
  8. Make Time and Space for Library Centers and Makerspaces
    In an already busy schedule and crowded space, you'll learn how others have made time and space and what might work best for you
  9. Stretch Your Budget
    Discover budget-friendly items that you already have on hand or can buy inexpensively, as well as the higher cost items that you'll want to add to your library wish list
  10. Receive an Extensive Library Centers and Makerspaces Handbook
    Leave with a resource handbook filled with the newest ideas and strategies for creating and enhancing your library centers and makerspaces

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • The latest ideas for library centers and makerspaces and how you can use them in to enhance your current library program
  • How to get started with library centers and makerspaces … Ways to enhance your current library centers and makerspaces
  • Numerous resources to connect you with other librarians using library centers and makerspaces
  • Budget-friendly ideas for inexpensive library centers and makerspaces
  • Strategies for using library centers and makerspaces to boost STEAM skills for every student
  • Time and money-saving tips and strategies
  • How library centers and makerspaces help with behavior management
  • Make connections to reading with library centers and makerspaces
  • Ways to meet the AASL standards for creativity, communication and collaboration with library centers and makerspaces
  • Dozens of library center and makerspace ideas you can use right away
  • Best practices, tips and tricks from successful library centers and makerspaces
  • Ways to make your library more inviting for all students of differing ability levels using a variety of library centers and makerspaces
  • How to create library centers and makerspaces that work for multiple grade levels, saving you time
  • Why you should get started with library centers and makerspaces and incorporate them in your library program
  • How to build on the successes you've already had in your school library

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Did you know that with the right components, your school library environment can become an extra instructor for you? When library centers and makerspaces are used effectively, they can guide students through meaningful learning experiences and help you more purposely direct student behavior.

I have been using library centers and makerspaces and studying them in other school libraries for years. I started out of desperation when I was a solo librarian in the "specials" rotation, with one to two classes of students at a time. I've learned how to create stations for multiple grade levels to save time on set-up and transitions.

In this seminar, we will explore school library centers and makerspaces together. I will share with you why you should incorporate them in your library program if you are not already doing so, when and where to set them up, which supplies you need, and how to best organize them. I will show you what works and how you can duplicate these ideas. We will take "make breaks" where you get to explore library centers and makerspaces and experience them for yourself.

Whether you work in an elementary, middle or high school library, this seminar will provide you with the motivation, strategies and resources to start up your own successful library centers and makerspaces or enhance your existing library centers and makerspaces.
I've had so many librarians tell me how library centers and makerspaces have been a game-changer for their library and have helped them love their job again. That's the best compliment I can hear!

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar.

Sincerely,
Cari White

P.S. As a veteran school librarian, I know how valuable your time is. This seminar will focus on practical ideas that you can use right away in your school library!

Who Should Attend

Specifically Designed for School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Makerspaces and Library Centers Resource Handbook :
    Each participant will receive an extensive makerspaces and library centers resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical techniques for planning, establishing and enhancing school library centers and makerspaces in a school or public library
    • More than 100 ideas for low-cost school library centers and makerspaces
    • Specific literature connections for your library centers and makerspaces
    • Strategies for connecting learning standards to your library centers and makerspaces
    • Ways to use your library centers and makerspaces to advocate for your library program
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in making best use of library centers and makerspaces in their school library.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Cari White will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own school library program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.