And now, to the topic of the day: makerspaces!
Makerspaces are "free play" areas often, but not exclusively, found in libraries. (For some schools that enthusiastically embrace the concept, the makerspace is the library.) The materials to inspire creativity and critical thinking are varied, but the key thing is that students have choice and freedom. There is nothing to prevent teachers from creating lesson plans or project-based learning around these areas and materials, of course.
Here in Shelby County, several of our librarians are well on their way to populating our school libraries with makerspaces. In order to build and collaborate on makerspace ideas, we have created a Google Doc. Feel free to view and share with others!
One of our most active and prominent Kentucky educators is Heidi Neltner. She was kind enough to respond to an interview request to share her knowledge of makerspaces and how she transformed her school library.