News Programs

Equity in Making: A Framework for Embodied Learning and Educational Justice

Date: Thursday, March 15th

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

The maker movement has transformed learning in libraries, introducing maker education opportunities for underserved youth populations. But what are the best practices in facilitating making with youth and young adults?

Dr. Shirin Vossoughi is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where she researches making and tinkering in afterschool settings. Join her and her colleague Dr. Natalie Davis to learn how to approach making with youth audiences using a framework that is rooted in valuing joint activity and engaging children and youth as agentive thinkers.

This presentation will look at how formal and informal educators facilitate making, what is considered making across many cultures, and how facilitation practices effect learner interactions. Participants will leave with best practices for improving their maker experiences at their libraries.


Dr. Shirin Vossoughi, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Northwestern University

Dr. Natalie R. Davis, Post Doctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences within the School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Partnership: This program is in partnership with Tinker.

Cost: FREE – Sponsored by Today’s Business Solutions and H.W. Wilson.



Maker Spaces on a Budget

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Schaumburg Township District Library
Join us for a panel discussion including Mike Campagna of Barrington Area Library, Amanda Margis of Warren-Newport Public Library, and Elizabeth Ludemann from Morton Grove Public Library as they discuss ideas for maker programming, solutions to the ever-present issues of space and money at libraries, and resources available to librarians looking to bring the maker movement to their communities.
Attendees will then participate in break-out sessions, to brainstorm ideas on relevant topics and to share their collective knowledge with the group.


Field Trips

Field Trip – Pumping Station: One

pumping station 1

Interested in creating a makerspace at your library? Visit one of the originals with RLA-CE when we tour Pumping Station: One. Get tips from Adam Dzak, one of PS: One’s Directors, on getting started with technology, building a community, finding freebies, and more. After, join us for a post-tour discussion at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant.

If F.A.O. Schwartz is a playground for kids, then Pumping Station: One is the playground for kids at heart. PS: One is a a hackerspace where the community gets to decide what types of tools and resources to include. Drill presses, 3D printers, electron microscopes, welding gear, and IT equipment are all available. PS: One is a community first and a “space” second. It is a 180+-member collective of carpenters, metal workers, cyclists, tailors/seamstresses, web developers, micro-brewers, game developers, musicians, car enthusiasts, college professors, men, women, and above all else, people obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge.

When: Wednesday, May 8th, 7PM (our first evening event!)
Where: Pumping Station: One, 3519 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE! Sponsored by Gale and H.W. Wilson
Questions: Contact Us
Register: THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. You can add your name to the WAITING LIST and we will contact you if we can fit any others into the program. Add your name to the waiting list here.