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Books

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Did You Know?

The library currently offers 28 Maker Kits, including eight for kids. Some of the adult kits are great for kids, too!

Activities

Maker Kits
Click on the below to see all the Library’s Maker Kits for Kids, then click on any kit to place a hold! Note: Maker kits for kids are available at the Children's Service Desk and must be checked out by an adult, using their library card and driver’s license.



Make It Program - Littlebits Inchworm
Build and race crawling inchworm robots with some cardboard and LittleBits magnetic circuits. This is a simple, fun project teaching you about mechanical connections and surface friction. More important, robotic inchworms are just silly and fun to race! For Grades 2 – 5. Registration required.

To find more make-it programs, look for kids’ events on the Library’s Make-It program page.

Code Monster
Start learning JavaScript in really easy steps.

Scratch
Scratch is a computer program that allows you to create animation, stories and games, and even share them! Start on the Tips page and try a Tutorial to get started. This one is more challenging than Code Monster.

KidsThinkDesign
Learn about designing everything from bridges to flip-flops! Choose a topic to learn about, then click on "Design a Project."

Movies

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash [DVD & hoopla]
In his youth, Ben Franklin liked to swim. How could he make himself faster in the water?

Puffer Learns About Ceramics [DVD]
Learn how to make a pinch-pot, a coil-built pot, and more, broken down into short lessons.

Son of Flubber [DVD]
A lovable but hopelessly absent-minded professor experiments with the amazing by-products of his startling anti-gravity substance, "Flubber," as windows shatter, football players fly, and thunderstorms materialize indoors.

Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention [DVD]
From their self-built television studio, Wallace introduces films of ingenious contraptions from around the world, and unveils some of his very own creations.

Web Links

Dayton Mini Maker Faire
Maker Faire and Mini Maker Faires are events held around the world, bringing people together to learn and make! Read about past Dayton Mini Maker Faires in this article from Make: magazine.

PBS Kids Design Squad
Kids design cool stuff! From the Watch and Design tabs, see videos and read about other kids’ projects, then click on Games to play. On the Build tab, make cool projects of your own!