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broken toaster
broken toaster

At Repair Cafés, volunteers make broken items like new again — and keep them out of landfills.

Open laptop and person writing in notebook
Open laptop and person writing in notebook

Use these resources to teach students to be thoughtful researchers and critical consumers of information.

A program participant holds up their finished tile art project
A program participant holds up their finished tile art project
Blog by Jenn Carson

This easy, low-budget and intergenerational program uses ceramic tiles and markers to make freeform pieces of art.

A vendor selling her crafts
A vendor selling her crafts
in Program Models

For Small Business Saturday®, an Alabama library organized a craft fair to highlight local artisans.

Sign that reads "Check out a litter clean up kit with your library card." There is an image of a bucket with gloves to represent the kit.
Sign that reads "Check out a litter clean up kit with your library card." There is an image of a bucket with gloves to represent the kit.
in News

Everyone expects to be able to check out books and DVDs. But telescopes? Cake pans? Litter clean-up kits?

Book standing up open with the pages folded to form a triangle fan with black paper cut and pasted to the open pages to look like two people walking by a street lamp.
Book standing up open with the pages folded to form a triangle fan with black paper cut and pasted to the open pages to look like two people walking by a street lamp.
Blog by Annie Ruefle

Got old, outdated or damaged books? Before you toss them into the recycling bin, consider turning them into book art.

18 inch doll stands in a green a pink dress with pig tails in her hair and a bindi on her forehead.
18 inch doll stands in a green a pink dress with pig tails in her hair and a bindi on her forehead.
in News

A librarian and her patrons created a doll celebrating their community’s Indian American population.

A woman and child sit at a table making crafts.
A woman and child sit at a table making crafts.

Even without a dedicated makerspace, you can still incorporate maker elements into your day.