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Summer Reading for Maker Kids

Summer Reading for Maker Kids

was reminded recently of The Swiss Family Robinson (free), a book which I never read, but whose treehouse at Disneyland I loved–all those pulleys and bridges and funny little rooms. It got me to thinking about summer reading and what I would recommend to young makers who’d like to take a break from making, and curl up under a tree to read about characters like them.

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Check it out: Libraries Embracing Makerspaces

Check it out: Libraries Embracing Makerspaces

The American Library Association (ALA) is wrapping up its annual conference in Chicago tomorrow. Today was “Maker Monday,” a day that showcased the growing intersection of libraries and the maker movement.

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Phone Booth Fit With Free Take/Leave Shelves

Phone Booth Fit With Free Take/Leave Shelves

Neat idea from NY architect John Locke, who designed this slot-together plywood shelf unit to hang over the standard public telephone kiosk without fasteners or other alterations to the existing public property. The phone, if present, can still be used normally. So far, John has tested two prototypes, and in both cases passers-by were confused […]

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Got Weekend Plans?  How About a Visit to the Materials Library?

Got Weekend Plans? How About a Visit to the Materials Library?

Two years ago I wrote about what a delight it was to discover the UT-Austin School of Architecture’s Materials Lab when I was on campus there, and it seems appropriate to resurrect the topic in honor of our theme this month. Kevin Kelly just posted a roundup of major materials libraries around the USA over […]

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Portland Tool Libraries

Portland Tool Libraries

We got this message from Clifton Burt: The Northeast Portland Tool Library is a non profit lending library of tools located at NE 20th and Killingsworth Sreet (Portland, OR). Open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, the checkout of the tools is free; it works just like a lending library for books. It began a year ago […]

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MAKE the libraries of the 21st century

MAKE the libraries of the 21st century

Over on the PC World blogs, Phil Shapiro has penned a glowing piece about MAKE, entitled “Exit Newsweek – Enter MAKE Magazine,” on the news that Newsweek may be going the way of the dinosaur. The piece is filled with wonderful, flattering quotes about MAKE: If you haven’t seen this magazine yet, check out the […]

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