If you want to offer makerspace opportunities at your library but aren't sure you can spare the space, take a look at the range of "Make It Take It Kits" that the Meridian Public Library circulates. They lend make-it kits for robots, Raspberry Pi, sensory toys for children on the autism spectrum, Arduino, and lots more.
Make It, Take It Kits highlight maker activities and Do It Yourself (DIY) type projects. Each kit will have a theme and will combine traditional library resources (books, DVDs, magazines) with online resources (websites, youtube tutorials, digital content) and physical objects. The kit should encompass the materials and information needed to learn a new skill. The first kits to be introduced in January 2014 include:
- Cookie Making (decorating)
- Electric Guitar
- Raspberry Pi
- Sensory Toys
Go to their Make It Take It page and click on each kit's tab to see items included in each.
P.S. If you like the Robots kit, Megan notes, "We currently have fischertechnik robots in the kits, however I am spending a lot of time replacing parts. So I am actually planning on switching to Finch robots http://www.finchrobot.com/."