by Elisabeth Arbarbanel, Head Librarian, East Campus
Often we offer activities that are perhaps different from what you would expect at a library. In the past several years we have promoted making lanyards, magnetic poetry, LED greeting cards, duct tape roses, etc. We call doing these simple stress relief activities taking a #MakerBreak, a time to take a break from the usual homework and be creative. Students can experiment, troubleshoot, teach each other, and make mistakes, all in a safe environment (where they will not be graded on their work). Last year we added a button maker which students loved. It became so popular that we got a second button maker, and this year we purchased a Cricut, a cutting machine with a variety of supplies so students can create items for home or school. The Cricut cuts paper, vinyl, fabric, thin wood, and more. A sewing machine rounds out our #MakerBreak area, and we are looking forward to seeing what students will make.
Last week students from LSA made buttons for the Affinity Bash—a new event held in the North Quad where student affinity groups shared their mission and goals with the Upper School community in a fair-like setting. Designed with the Cricut software, drawn and cut via the Cricut, then assembled into buttons, this little craft used many of our tools. It was a great way to start the year!