This sounds fascinating.


Shop class and art class were two of my favorite hours of the school day, and a new trend toward “lab” spaces in public libraries aims to satisfy students with a similar urge to create things. Called Makerspaces, these standalone rooms or pods house tools for creative exploration, from animation software to bookbinding supplies to all manner of power tools. Electronics, computer programming, and digital and online content creation play a prominent role as well. In fact, the name Makerspace nods to the trend’s origins in the Maker movement, a vast community of designers, builders, and tinkerers experimenting at the intersection of technology and craft.


A number of public librarians have floated the idea of collections—even entire libraries—populated by community-generated works. A school library collection consisting entirely of student produced work could prompt important conversations about books and their meaning, informed by students’ newfound sense of ownership as published authors.