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Featured seminar: Library Conference 2 day event


How to Maximize your Existing Makerspace or Build a New One 

Presented by Dr. Tricia Kuon
An Award-Winning School Librarian and International Presenter for Bureau of Education & Research (BER) and Institute for Educational Development (IED)


Teachers, Administrators, Public Librarians, Library Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Resource Teachers Serving Grades K-12

  • Increase student interest and learning in your classroom or library through engaging and meaningful MAKERSPACES

  • See examples of great MAKERSPACES from across the country

  • Numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This NEW, exciting seminar has been designed to help strengthen learning programs through engaging Makerspaces. Using Makerspaces meets the following needs:

  • Provides access and opportunity to use a variety of tools and technology

  • Emphasizes the 5 Cs of 21st Century Learning: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and citizenship

  • Aligns with curriculum to extend and enhance classroom instruction

  • Allows for STEAM activities and experiences

  • Turns classrooms & libraries into spaces for absorbing and creating knowledge

Dr. Tricia Kuon, an award-winning teacher & librarian, will share how to develop an inviting, thriving environment where students can create and learn from each other. Tricia will provide you with numerous cost-efficient ideas to help you maximize your time and resources. Communicating with your stakeholders, locating inexpensive resources, and maximizing your space are just a few of the topics that will be discussed. Whether you have existing Makerspaces or are new to the idea of offering Makerspaces, you are sure to find a wealth of ideas in this powerful one-day seminar!

Join Tricia for an inspiring day filled with practical tips that will give you the tools you need to develop or enhance your own Makerspaces. 

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical and Easy Ways to Incorporate Makerspaces that Will Transform Your School, Classroom, or Library
    Dozens of ideas, strategies and resources to help you create or enhance Makerspaces in your learning space … Cost-effective and innovative strategies you can use immediately!

  2. Learn Tips and Tricks From Those Who Have Successfully Created Makerspaces
    Learn from the experience of others who have created outstanding Makerspaces … Discover what worked and what didn’t, saving yourself time and money

  3. Numerous Cost-Efficient Ideas to Help You Maximize Your Time and Resources
    You don’t have to start from scratch and spend hours of time planning – use what you already have and add to it along the way … Tricia will show you how!

  4. Develop Makerspaces that Support Essential 21st Century Learning Skills
    Makerspaces go beyond fun by creating an environment where creating, collaborating, critical thinking, and communication are essential

  5. Create Makerspaces that Meet the Needs of Your School and Community
    Discover how to conduct a needs assessment to help you design Makerspaces that will play a vital role in your school and community

  6. Boost STEAM Skills with Makerspaces
    Learn how Makerspaces support and reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math skills

  7. Stretch Your Budget and Use Existing Resources
    While some Makerspace materials can be high tech and high cost, many awesome Makerspaces require extremely inexpensive materials that you probably have in your school

  8. Make Time for Makerspaces
    In an already busy schedule, how can you possibly implement this great new practice? Let’s talk about what others are doing and what might work best for you

  9. Engage all Users 
    Because Makerspaces are so completely engaging, students who may be difficult to engage will thrive

  10. The best way to learn about Makerspaces is to USE Makerspaces.  We will practice the Makerspace Use Process together to see what works, what doesn't, and explore possibilities

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Dozens of ways to develop an inviting, thriving learning environment with Makerspaces

  • How to get started or enhance your existing Makerspaces

  • The hottest trends in Makerspace creation and how you can use them in your classroom

  • Numerous resources to help you create or adapt what others are doing with Makerspaces

  • Current research to see what is being done, what’s working, and what’s not

  • Curriculum objectives to clarify what Makerspaces are and why they are important for administrators, colleagues, students, and parents

  • Ideas for inexpensive Makerspaces

  • Use Makerspaces to boost STEAM skills for every student

  • Ideas to make sure your Makerspaces challenge students to higher-order thinking

  • Best practices, tips and tricks from successful Makerspace creators

  • Make your learning space more inviting for all students using innovative Makerspaces

  • Time and money-saving tips and strategies

  • Greatly enhance your classroom or library with Makerspaces – ideas you can use!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Like many of you, I felt like I was a good teacher librarian.  I was always busy doing important, productive work and was happy with the results of my efforts on my students and colleagues. This Makerspace concept was new to me. I was worried about many issues and questions that could arise:

What is it? Why am I doing it? Is this just playing? Why are we playing in the library? What will the students learn? Is it messy? Is it loud? Why am I doing something messy and loud in the library? Will the students like it? Will the teachers and administrators like it? How much will it cost? How do I justify the expense?

Determined not to let my fears stop me, I began with two to three activities my first week of using Makerspaces. Within a month, I had added about 20 possible activities and that number continued to grow rapidly over time.

What I discovered was amazing! Students needed Makerspaces.

Makerspaces allow for engaged, creative, enthusiastic learning without all of the pressure and anxiety that accompanies most school learning. My Makerspace is so popular, inviting and wonderful that I cannot imagine my library without it. As my Makerspace grew, my understanding of Makerspaces, how to use them, why to use them, and the many significant educational benefits that come with their use has been a revelation. Libraries have been thought of as places for storing knowledge for centuries. Makerspaces allow libraries to be spaces for creating knowledge as well.

In this seminar, we will explore Makerspaces together. We will take a look at why and how and who is doing what and what works and what doesn’t work. We will also discuss the importance of educational practice transforming in accordance to the educational needs of students and how that transformation affects stakeholders in the most amazing ways. Mostly, we will engage, create, collaborate, and explore.

Whether you work as an administrator, teacher, or librarian in an elementary, middle, high school, or a public library, this seminar will provide you with the motivation, strategies and resources to start up your own successful Makerspace or enhance your existing Makerspace.

Tricia Kuon

P.S. This seminar will focus on practical, budget-friendly ideas that will have you establishing thriving Makerspaces immediately!


Who Should Attend

Teachers, Administrators, School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, Resource Teachers, Serving Grades K-12 who are interested in advancing existing makerspaces or beginning a new one.

Innovative, Cutting-Edge Strategies for Increasing the Impact and Effectiveness of Your SCHOOL LIBRARY Program

Presented by Tricia Kuon
Award-Winning Librarian and Presenter


Specifically Designed for School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12

  • Practical strategies to increase the effectiveness of your entire school library program

  • Innovative ideas to help you enhance your library program and make the best use of your time, space, technology, and budget

  • Explore cutting-edge methods to transform your library into a highly utilized space in the school for students and staff

  • Receive an extensive school library media center resource handbook filled with ideas you’ll be able to use immediately


Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this NEW, highly practical seminar, award-winning and published teacher librarian, Tricia Kuon, will share how to revitalize your library space and program, creating an inviting, dynamic atmosphere and environment where students, teachers and administrators will want to return again and again. Tricia will provide numerous cost-effective ideas to help you maximize your time and resources while transforming your library space.

You’ll learn how to better collaborate and communicate while marketing your library in such a way to create advocates and make your library the hub of the school. You will gain proven and fresh ways to create a welcoming, user-centered space that encourages the use of cutting-edge technologies and practices designed to expand students’ knowledge base and allow them to create new knowledge to share with the school and community.

Join Tricia for an inspiring day filled with strategies, resources and valuable tips to strengthen and enhance your library program.


Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Current, Innovative Ideas for Strengthening Your Library Program
    Expand your options and discover new ideas to create and sustain a highly engaging library program … Find out what works and how to adapt what you are already doing for greater impact

  2. Strategies to Grab the Attention of Students and Staff
    Explore new ideas for making your library the hub of your school, a place where every student and staff member needs to go to every day … Strategies to create an action-packed library

  3. Using Technologies to Engage Students and Keep Them Coming Back for More
    Cutting-edge practices being used in school libraries including gaming, gamification, green screens, robot programming, and more

  4. Becoming Indispensable: Marketing Yourself and Creating Library Advocates
    You are a great advocate for your program but you cannot do it all alone, and you shouldn’t! Learn ways to market and highlight your library while creating advocates to also promote your library

  5. What’s Trending Using Current Technology for Greater Impact
    Explore the hottest, most current trends in technology in school libraries and learn how to use them for the greatest impact … Save yourself time and learn from other librarians who have already done the trial and error for you

  6. Increase Student Interest in READING
    With so many hats to wear, librarians often wonder how to be sure to emphasize the most important hat of all – the encouraging-students-to-become-avid-readers hat! Explore great new ideas and visit tried and proven methods to encourage reading

  7. Using MAKERSPACES in the Library
    Whether you are new to makerspaces or are already using them, discover new ideas and strategies to make them a vital part of your library … Free or low-cost, high-tech and low-tech

  8. Loaded, Leveled-Up Library Lessons for All Grades
    With our busy schedules, new uses for libraries and an ever-expanding curriculum, it’s getting harder to fit in everything we need to teach and do … Ways to lesson plan and cover curriculum quickly and expertly

  9. Explore New Ways to Collaborate and Communicate in our Digital World
    Learn new ways to communicate and broaden your sphere of influence in your school and community … Provide more opportunities for teachers and students to utilize your library

  10. Learn How to Harness the Power of Data that is Available at Your Fingertips
    Librarians know how valuable libraries are but metrics can be incredibly helpful in educating administrators and communities about the value of school library programs … Learn how to mine your data


Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The latest, innovative ideas for strengthening your school library program

  • The hottest trends and what’s next for libraries … How you can keep current efficiently and effectively

  • Ways to improve your use of FREE online resources

  • Creative ways to collaborate with classroom teachers

  • Tips to motivate students to read and enjoy literature

  • Ideas for harnessing the power of data and using it to spread the library’s influence

  • How to be a technology master and use technology to save you time

  • Ways to create advocates to help you promote the many great things that happen in the library

  • Practical ideas for applying STEM/STEAM to your library program through the use of MAKERSPACES

  • Cutting-edge practices including gaming, gamification, green screens, robot programming, and more

  • Lesson planning ideas to help you cover the necessary curriculum using Loaded, Leveled-Up Lessons

  • How to create a powerful, user-centered library space closely aligned with the aspirations of your school community

  • Proven ideas for developing collaborative work spaces

  • Specific strategies for networking with colleagues both locally and globally

  • Become indispensable by embracing innovative ways to promote your library program to the school community and beyond

  • Ideas for using the equipment you have in a more effective manner


A Message From Your Seminar Leader


Dear Colleague:

Librarians change lives! I have experienced the truth of this statement beginning with my own life being changed through the power of reading. When I was a child, the library was where we went to find books, check them out, read quietly for a while and then go back to class. Times sure have changed!

Librarians of the 21st century are book and technology experts who collaborate and communicate with staff members regularly while running a library and technology center that features cutting-edge technologies, the greatest books available, and a makerspace that aligns with the most amazing, informative, and concise lessons ever designed. Librarians’ roles have transitioned over time as the library itself has gone from book storage and retrieval location to a full-on Learning Commons with spaces for lessons, technology application and use, action activities like puppet shows and makerspaces, and spaces for meeting, collaborating and communicating.

Libraries are indispensable and so are librarians! This seminar will focus on the many ways that librarians can and should embrace the amazing new shift in the library from extremely quiet storage centers of information and retrieval to dynamic, busy centers of storage and knowledge creation.

In this seminar, I hope to do some heavy lifting and provide a look at how old ideas like storytelling are being used in new ways and how new ideas like coding, virtual reality and data mining are being used in libraries to expand horizons and make libraries increasingly indispensable and exciting.

I hope you will join us for a fun and informative day!

Tricia Kuon

P.S. This seminar will focus on innovative, cutting-edge strategies for increasing the impact and effectiveness of your school library program.


Who Should Attend


School Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators Serving Grades K-12


Special Benefits of Attending


Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive school library media center resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Creative ideas for strengthening your library media program

  • How to make your library media center the hub of your school’s instructional program

  • Strategies to utilize and manage the latest technology resources in the library

  • Teacher collaboration tools, ideas and resources

  • The latest ideas for garnering community support for your library program

  • Ways to work smarter, not harder


Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their school library programs.

Consultation Available
Tricia Kuon will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own school library program.

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