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From Maker to Creator

Tyler Hahn, Children's Librarian, newspaper article from Chronicle Times April 18, 2018.

The difference between something being created and something being made is that when something is created, it is brought into existence out of nothing. But, when something is made it has been formed out of something else that already exists. With that being said, I love technology more than anything else intangible in this world and hope to share that love and creative spark within the Makerspace at the library. I have been thinking though about renaming the program Creatorspace though, as the workshops encompass so much more than making something and taking it home to slap on the fridge or to place on a shelf. The focus is on creating new things, whether it is code or otherwise and not reshaping or repurposing.

Creatorspace much more closely corresponds on what is happening with workshops and events at the library. Take for instance April’s Creatorspace is a workshop on coding Minecraft mods and changing the non-player character (NPC) models to look like something else. We have changed rabbits to look like Pokémon, people to look like super heroes, and have even added in custom textures to blocks so that buildings can be made from giant emoji’s or rainbows like the Bifröst bridge to Valhalla. Many more workshops like this are planned at the library and as technology is updated and hardware is added, much more is being planned. Just to give you a taste of what’s to come; stereographic images, gifs, and video creation and editing are also a few future topics which will be discussed.

Shrinky-Dinks (whoa 80’s) are also in the pipeline for April, but these aren’t from the kits found at the store. No, these involve the science behind why different plastics react in certain ways to heat and how not all plastics are suitable for this task. While it can be argued that this is more of a traditional makerspace project, participants are creating a different material, and learning in the process.

With all of that excitement, there are also a few new titles in the department also. ‘Catstronauts’ has landed, as well as ‘The Bad Guys’, and ‘Cleopatra in Space’. Finally, our miniature Comic-Con dubbed ‘Kee-Con’ is planned for May 12, 2018 from 10:00-5:00 at Washington High School. Although I may be a little biased, there are a lot of amazing things going on with the convention like a breakout room, videogame tournaments, exciting panelists, and so much more. If you need any more information, stop by the library.

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