Comics Connector: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries with Comics Professionals

cbldf_web_kelly_2As part of Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has launched Comics Connector, a directory of comics creators and industry professionals who are willing to make library and classroom visits. The directory includes information about whether and how far the individual is willing to travel and whether they require travel expenses or honorariums. So far it’s just the U.S. and Canada, and not all states and provinces are represented yet, but if this takes off, it could be a great resource for teachers and programming librarians (via BoingBoing).

The MAKESHOP learning space

There was a great interview posted earlier today on the MAKE blog with Lisa Brahms and Adam Nye from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh discussing the MAKESHOP learning space at CMP where kids and adults can experiment with various DIY skills like electronics, sewing, and woodworking.

Libraries get a passing mention as centers for informal learning, and there’s a lot public libraries could learn from CMP’s program. The MAKESHOP Show website, also mentioned in the interview, has several DIY craft ideas that could make for some awesome library programming.