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Library Makerfest 2020 Agenda

10:00 – 11:00 – I Have Money! Now What? (Presentation)

This presentation will focus on coming up with a vision for a Makerspace and ideas on what to buy to fill the space, focusing on sustainability and variety among arts and sciences.

Corina French
is the children’s librarian at Palmetto Library in Manatee County. After taking many webinars about makerspace programming on a low budget, she found herself with an unprecedented amount of money with no idea on how to spend it. Luckily, years of training at the mall with her mother had prepared her and she got to shopping. She believes computer technology is an important part of the future, but we mustn’t forget to cater to kids with interests in natural sciences and crafting.

11:00 – 12:00 – CS + STEAM in Library (Presentation)

The Miami-Dade Public Library System will present about how it is integrating computer science and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) inside our YOUmake Miami makerspaces and on our library Technobus. Attendees will be able to learn about various types of technology that is being presented in our Miami-Dade libraries, which support digital learning, development of computer programming skills, upcycled art, music recording, and photography. Participants will also find out about some of the cool workshops the library presents to enhance CS & STEAM learning: including Tynker coding hackathons, Tinkercad 3D modeling, cool Augmented Reality apps, 3D printing, gaming and spatial computing using Magic Leap mixed reality devices. Attendees will take away activities and ideas, many of which can be replicated at their home libraries.

Marlon Moore
began his career at the Miami-Dade Public Library System as a Project Coordinator, managing the Library’s first teen technology program, called YOUmedia Miami, from 2011 to 2015. He has helped hundreds of teens learn technology, graduate from high school and secure college scholarships. Since then, Marlon has been tasked with increasing responsibilities, including managing the Library’s YOUmake Miami maker space at the Miami Beach Regional Library and the maker space and Coworking Center at the West Kendall Regional Library. Marlon also manages the Technobus: the Library’s innovative mobile technology education lab.

Edward Konawicz has been in the field of education for over 10 years. He received a BS in Elementary Education K – 8 and Physical Education K – 12 from Florida International University. Mr. Konawicz learned computer science working for the Department of Defense and is currently a Library Media Project Instructor working on the Technobus for the Miami Dade County Public Library System. 


12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch



1:00 – 2:00 – Growing a Makespace Organically (Presentation)

Trying to plant seeds for a Makerspace in your library or nourish the one(s) you already have? Get some great tips and tricks from the Mandel Public Librarians as they talk about how they grew their makerspaces from one device into multi-functional, robust, and well-used rooms for various types of projects! Topics of discussion will include making a case for funding your spaces and equipment, determining community needs, and maintaining a variety of maker-focused programs from lectures to art creation to digital creation in a sustainable and realistic manner for your library.

Sarah Fetzer is a Reference Librarian at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. She graduated from UNCG with her MLIS in May 2019. Prior to working for the Mandel Public Library, Sarah worked at the Central Piedmont Community College Library in Charlotte, NC. She also worked for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, NC. Currently Sarah handles a variety of tasks at the Mandel Library from archival preservation to social media promotion to program budgeting and contract processing to GIS data analysis.

Antoinette Giamalva is a Programming Librarian at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with her MLIS. She has previously worked in libraries in Mississippi for over 11 years and strives in bringing unique programming to libraries. She has put on Comic Conventions and brought gaming groups inside libraries. Currently, Antoinette is working at bringing in these unique programs to the Mandel Library and keep the current programs thriving.

Faith Wahlers is a Reference and Programming Librarian at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Wahlers graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019 with her MLIS, with a concentration on public libraries and accessibility. Wahlers coordinates art programs for Studio 411, facilitates exercise programs, and generally tries to keep patron’s fingers safe from hot glue and sewing needles.

Stephen Barlow is the technology librarian at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. He received his MLIS from Simmons College. He previously worked for 3 years in libraries throughout North Georgia and taught English as a Second Language in Korea and Japan for 6 years. As the Adult Program Coordinator of Toccoa-Stephens County Library, he created a makerspace from scratch and brought many new computer and technology-based programs into the library. He now runs the Digital Studios, Mandel’s adult-oriented makerspace, and organizes 3D design and virtual reality-related programming.

2:00 – 3:00 – Pop Up Media Labs

The Palm Beach County Library’s Pop Up Media Labs are an expansion of their digital media lab, the CreationStation, to 13 branches throughout the system. The Pop Up Media Labs provide the tools for members of the public to create content through video, audio, podcasts, and image editing. Originally intended to be fully hands-on, branches have pivoted to online classes for all ages during the ongoing public health situation. Come see what the library has been offering, including classes on green screen photography/videography, digital preservation with a high-speed scanner, and sound editing with audio equipment and software. In addition to the topics mentioned, the pop up labs also focus on how to protect personal data and personal devices, copyright, and new ways of creating and sharing through digital technologies.

Cat Ng is the Electronic Resources Training Coordinator for Palm Beach County Library System, where she leads technology instructors at 17 branches. She assists staff in planning classes for the public and conducts technology training workshops for all staff. She also oversees the Main Library’s digital media lab, CreationStation, as well as its extension of Pop Up Media Labs at 13 other branches.


Makers’ Row:

Table 1: Use Waste to Create
Maria Lee, Broward County Library
Learn how to develop library programs on a low budget with library weeded materials and other recyclable items.

Table 2: Art + Tech | Scanner Art
KC Hudson, Martin County Library
It doesn’t get much easier than this! All you need is a flatbed scanner and access to your Children’s Librarian’s closet – or encourage your patrons to bring their own supplies! Using the scanner, place object(s) directly on the glass. Leaving the lid up, scan the materials and watch as a multi-dimensional image appears in surprisingly precise detail and beauty.



Table 3: Art Remedy
Aparajita Ghosh, Broward County Library
These activities are based on art therapy ideas that can help patrons to relax, find emotions in their work, and heal in the process.

Table 4: Cricut Machines for Library Programming
Christina Stone, Palm Beach County Library System
Learn how Palm Beach County Library System incorporates Cricut cutting machines into creative activity planning.