Maker Programming for Kids: No Makerspace Required

Cindy Wall and Lynn Pawloski, two traditionally educated, but not traditionally centered children's librarians introduce maker-based programming to librarians of all experience levels and tech-savviness. Maker, today's DIY, encourages collaboration among participants regardless of library programming budget or designated Makerspace availability. The Maker Movement encompasses self-production of technology, crafts and more. In addition to a multitude of programming ideas, attendees will share a step-by-step, hands-on experience. Cindy and Lynn are co-authors of the upcoming The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Youth Library Programs published by Libraries Unlimited.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, librarians will experience a surge in self-confidence in their ability to adapt the Maker Movement to programming in their own library. They will participate in one complete Maker library program for children and be given suggestions for additional future programs.

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians of all skill levels, with or without a Makerspace in their library

Course Level & Prerequisites

No prerequisites required.


Cindy Wall holds an MLS and has been Head of Children’s Services at the Southington Library and Museum for 10 years. She authored a chapter in Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms, an upcoming American Library Association publication. Wall reviews books and apps for School Library Journal and has appeared as a guest blogger on School Library Journal’s Touch and Go blog and The Digital Shift blog to talk about her eTots iPad literacy program. She has won the Connecticut Library Association Publicity Award and an LSTA grant to expand her iPad programming.

Lynn Pawloski is a Children’s Librarian at the Southington Library and Museum. She holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University and has worked in both school and public libraries. She enjoys developing new library programs in which children use their imaginations and are allowed to MAKE a mess!

Cindy and Lynn are co-authors of the upcoming The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Youth Library Programs published by Libraries Unlimited.

Date(s) & Time(s)

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Technical Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.

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