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As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities continues, libraries and library makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for libraries in reopening thier makerspaces to the public. We hear from libraries around the US on what the last 90 days have looked like for their institutions, what their plans for the summer look like, and the role these public institutions play and will continue to play as public resources that serve diverse multi-age communities.

Date: June 23 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

Register to join the live Zoom session or Watch on Make’s YouTube Channel

Join host Dorothy Jones-Davis of Nation of Makers and Dale Dougherty of Make: Community along with the following panelists.

  • Sasha Neri, Harold Washington Public Library, Chicago, IL
  • Adam St. Pierre, East Baton Rouge Parish Library
  • Vi Ha, Octavia Lab, Science, Technology & Patents Department | Los Angeles Public Library
  • Amelia Vander Heide, The Makery, JFK Library, Vallejo, CA
  • Ashley Kazyaka, IdeaLab, Denver Public Library
  • Martin Villegas, City of Corona Library (Corona, CA)
  • Rebecca Cruz and Jeremiah Walter, Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Jeff Stratter, Salmon Library makerspace (Salmon, Idaho)


How has your library navigated the shutdown?
Did staff participate in PPE production at home or other locations?
Are there plans for opening the library makerspace for the public?
What kind of staging or phases do you have?
How does the pandemic change how you think about the role of a makerspace in your library and community?


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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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