A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform.
Incorporating 21st century technology practices and presence in your library is a critical way to engage young adults and be at the forefront of introducing programs to enhance experiential and connected learning. Most librarians have at least heard of makerspaces, if they haven’t already incorporated them into their library programming. Staying on the cutting edge, having adequate space, and staying relevant are very real challenges that librarians and library workers face in facilitating makerspaces for young adults.
Makerspaces can include a wide variety of activities and ways to breed a variety of mediums. Makerspaces allow students to blend their interests while gaining critical skills that could translate into the workforce. Is your makerspace incorporating best practices as outlined in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action? Are you considering the demographics of you community in an effort to engage the diverse populations of your community? Are you thinking outside the box and incorporating techniques and tools you haven’t tried? Check out these makerspaces from this week, and the next time you host a makey makey event, be sure to post it to your library’s Instagram or other social media page to advertise to your teens!