Breakout Session

From Low-Fi to High-Fi and Everything In-Between: Broadening the Scope of the Makerspace at Piscataway Public Library’s Summer of Make

Track: MAKErSPACE           


Breakout Session IV
Thurs. 4:40pm-5:40pm

With the continuing push towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, the library must support those literacies for students outside the classroom. Piscataway Public Library launched the first New Jersey public library makerspace in early 2013 and is now on its second Summer of Make, an eight-week program for students grades 4-12 teaching everything from circuits to sewing, botany to robots, and so on. Our goal is not only to provide the space and means for such projects, but also to engage students in thinking about the range and power of STEM in all facets of their lives.


Witkowski, Emily 

Emily Witkowski is a student in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, projected to complete her Masters in Library and Information Science in December 2014. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in May 2013 with a B.A. in English, a minor in Interactive Multimedia, and a concentration in secondary education. In addition to her interdisciplinary educational background, she interned in the Ewing High School Media Center, where she gained experience working with young adults and focused on the library as an alternative and  creative space, speaking to classes about re-imaging the library and hosting events such as crafting holiday cards for the troops. This, combined with her experience working in TCNJ’s Instructional Technology department, sparked her interest in technology and teaching, which led her to working with the Piscataway Public Library’s second Summer of Make program as a Makercoach. You can follow her on Twitter at @emily_witkowski