Light-up littleBits

Little Makers: littleBits (January 2014) Topics: Electricity, Magnets Place: Fayetteville Free Library Dates: Saturday, 1/11 from 10:30-11:3am; Tuesday, 1/14 from 5:30-6:30pm Educational Content: We learned: Vocabulary: magnetism, magnetic field, attract, repel Electricity is a… Continue reading

Make Snow!

Little Makers: Make Snow! (December 2013) Place: Fayetteville Free Library Topics: Science, Meteorology Dates: Saturday 12/7, from 10:30-11:30pm; Tuesday,  12/10 from 5:30-6:30pm; Educational Content: We learned: Snow is a form of precipitation; other forms of… Continue reading

Book Making

Little Makers: Picture Books (November 2013) Place: Fayetteville Free Library Topics: Literacy, Storytelling, Writing Dates: Tuesday, 11/12 from 5:30-6:30pm; Saturday, 11/16 from 10:30-11:30pm Educational Content: We learned: Vocabulary: author, illustrator, text, illustrations The physical… Continue reading

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month, so in honor of picture books, I chose the theme for this storytime to be “books about books”! We read : The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore It’s… Continue reading

Electricity and Circuits

Little Makers: Electricity and Circuits (October 2013) Place: Fayetteville Free Library Topics: Electricity, Circuits Dates: Saturday, 10/12 from 1-2pm; Tuesday, 10/15 from 5:30-6:30pm Educational Content: We learned: Vocabulary: atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, circuits Electricity is… Continue reading

Galaxy Playdough

Little Makers: Galaxy Playdough (September 2013) Place: Fayetteville Free Library Topics: Stars, Galaxies, Outer space Dates: Saturday, 9/14 from 10:30-11:30am; Tuesday, 9/17 from 5:30-6:30pm Educational Content: We learned: Stars are hot glowing balls of gas.… Continue reading

Little Makers

Once again, summer has passed far too quickly, but the fall brings its own rewards–in particular, the completion of a project I’ve been working on for the past three months. This summer, I… Continue reading

Makerspaces in Libraries

What is the Maker Movement ? At the Fayetteville Free Library, we encourage our patrons to be Makers. But what does that mean? When I talk to individuals outside the culture that our… Continue reading

Library Innovation: Championing Change in Communities

Last week, the White House honored 12 museum and library representatives as Champions of Change in a program that “recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of… Continue reading

What is Entrepreneurial Librarianship?

“There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step… Continue reading

Text Mining: Making Sense of Unstructured Data

Text mining, which is sometimes referred to “text analytics” is one way to make qualitative or “unstructured” data useable by a computer. Qualitative data is descriptive data that cannot be measured in numbers and… Continue reading

Spaces + Places Unconference

Our story begins… September 2012, [when] four graduate graduate students came together and decided to organize an unconference. They had learned that librarians improve society by providing a platform for community knowledge creation, and… Continue reading