In late 2016 the Collingswood Public Library and the Collingswood Middle School Library Media Center received a $7,500 Mobile Mini-MakerSpace Kits for Public and School Library Partners grant from the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ. The grant funds the CollsCreators: Engaging the Community program, a collaborative project revolving around a mobile makerspace that rotates between both libraries.

The CollsCreators: Engaging the Community program will provide youth with the opportunities for creative exploration and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning with the technology and tools within the mobile makerspace. The makerspace contains a 2.25” Button-maker with supplies, a Stop-Motion Animation studio, a 3D printer, and materials for additional STEAM focused activities (Recycled Paper Bead-making kits, Magnetic Mini Tile Art kits and LittleBits electronic kits).

The program will also promote student volunteerism by bringing the mobile makerspace beyond the libraries’ walls and into various sectors of the community. So far this includes the Collingswood Green Festival, a middle school class visit, and a visit to the Ronald McDonald House. Future projects include student participation in the Stop Motion Film Fest this fall, an event within the Collingswood Book Festival.

This project is supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.