Monthly Archives: November 2013

Making Our Space a Maker Space

When reading about trends and ideas for libraries and media centers, I often see a great deal about maker spaces. To me, a maker space is a student-centered learning space. It is flexible and mobile, allowing users to customize their experience. We think it should also promote inquiry, innovation, and creativity. We decided that we wanted to designate a large area in our media center as a maker space of sorts. We have organized games like chess, Scrabble, cribbage, and mancala on a shelf for student access. We have also received a donation of several MindStorm robotics kits for students interested in building and engineering. Additionally, we are providing other materials used in self-directed learning and exploration, including Mac computers for those interested in application like advanced video and photo editing. We are also very excited to announce that thanks to Donors Choose and MakerBot, we will be receiving a 3-D printer for our school. We can’t wait to see what our students create with this amazing tool!

Here are a few before and after photos of a decoupage project that we took on to spruce up some of our maker space areas.

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Author Visits BI

On Wednesday, we were proud to host a local author, A. Dragonblood, in the BI media center. This author spoke to a group of our students interested in pursuing a career in either a writing or art-related field. As a children’s book author, Mr. Dragonblood has published several titles, but as our students learned, he has been involved in many other great writing projects including ghost writing for Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse. He also shared some of his experiences with screen writing for popular television series such as Supernatural and True Blood.  Students enjoyed the small group discussion format of the presentation and really got a good introduction to different types of writing an author can do.

In addition to thanking Mr. Dragonblood for his time, we would also like to thank the Live Oak Public Library for organizing this visit in conjunction with the Savannah Children’s Book Festival this weekend. We look forward to hosting A. Dragonblood again for our Career Expo at BI.

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New e-Book Trailers

Last month at the Georgia Conference for Media Organizations (GaCOMO), we were awarded the Mabel Wyche Underwood grant sponsored by the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA). This grant allows us to advertise some of the e-book titles that we have available here in the BI media center. We already have students asking about these titles and how to get them!

Look for more information about a book trailer competition for students coming soon. We will also be posting “HOW TO” sheets for those interested in downloading the apps and digital reader on personal devices (phones, tablets, and personal computers).

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