Why Scissors & Glue?

So many maker projects include the simple tools of scissors and glue. From paper crafts to Arduino, scissors and glue/solder often come in handy… and you don’t ever want to run out!

In addition, scissors and glue reflects the philosophy change people need when starting a makerspace. Developing a maker mindset, often requires cutting out some traditional thinking and mending what’s there. Generally the trickiest part of starting or continuing a makerspace is helping other people in your organization develop a maker mindset. For example, we need to cut out the “one and done” mentality, and adopt the maker cycle of “think, make, test, and make again.”

About Crystal

I was a Youth Services public librarian for nine years and a K-8 school librarian for six. Makerspaces as we think of them now didn’t exist then, but I have always been passionate about making with children – both with the arts and with technology. I’ve taught students watercolor and how to build their own digital storybook.

Like many of you, I had space for making in my school library before I knew to call it a makerspace. Students could come to the library and create things during recess using markers, scissors and glue. They used these simple materials to prototype iPad apps, create public service announcements, and teach each other drawing skills. There was a loud outcry on days I happened to run out of paper!

In the last few years, more and more libraries have developed extensive makerspaces, providing a place for their students and community to collaborate, design and learn together. I have researched and studied the best examples of these makerspaces in order to provide you with winning strategies and practical ideas to grow your own makerspaces. But no matter how high-tech a makerspace is, it still needs the basics: scissors and glue.