It is easy to get caught up in the stress of college, especially when you have to balance it with your career, your relationships, and the overall journey of life. We hope to be a place where you can channel your stress into a creative activity, and maybe even make something you will keep for years to come! 

The Chester Campus Makerspace was initiated in mid-August 2018. 

It’s located to the left of the entrance as you walk in. You’ll find a tiered display showing off the results of our latest event, followed by an alcove of two cabinets and shelving that houses the variety of crafting supplies we have. There are games on nearby tables, as well, including chess, dominos, and more! 

The available crafting resources at each campus will vary, but here is a basic list of what you can expect to find at the Chester Makerspace: 

  • Construction Paper  
  • ​Craft Wire 
  • Crochet Hooks 
  • Key Rings 
  • Knitting Needles 
  • Markers and Crayons   
  • Mod Podge 
  • Nail Polish 
  • Perler Beads 
  • Scissors 
  • Scrapbook Paper 
  • Washi Tape 
  • Yarn

There are numerous places online where you can find inspiration when working on an activity. A quick internet search can get you some results, for sure, but we’ve already done that for you. Feel free to browse other places, anyway. It won’t hurt our feelings. Much. 

We have a Pinterest page specifically for our Makerspace, and you can find it here. 

Check out the rest of the sites below: 

theatlantic.com: The Atlantic has a lot of reading material on a variety of subjects, but this particular article here deals with “How Libraries are Becoming Modern Makerspaces”. 

cultofpedagogy.com: Here you’ll find advice and musings on pedagogy, which is basically the science of teaching. The article here is written by a former skeptic of makerspaces who comes around through interviews with numerous pro-makerspace individuals, and answers the question “What is the Point of a Makerspace?” 

edweek.org: This has a number of articles dealing with Education in general, but the one linked here speaks specifically to “Why Makerspaces Are Perfect for School and Public Libraries”. 

makerspace.com: There is an actual website called Makerspace.com, wherein you can find all sorts of information about Makerspaces. The page we’ve linked to here is an introduction to what a Makerspace is. 

makezine.com: The content here revolves around all things creativity, and includes links to DIY projects and ideas for Makers (like you‽). This specific article here answers the basic question, “What’s a Makerspace?” 

renovatedlearning.com: Renovated Learning is all about moving education into the 21st century. Most of the content here focuses on the virtues of including a makerspace in your classroom (though for us, obviously, we must adapt these ideas to a library setting). Here is an article that attempts to shed light on “Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says”. 

There you go! To learn more, go to the Library Space entry here from April 2018 detailing what the Midlothian Campus Makerspace has to offer. It’s worth the read! 

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