Getting Started with Creative Learning in your Public Library
Our PLIX Facilitation Kits are designed to make it easy for librarians to offer creative learning programs to their patrons.
The Public Library Innovation Exchange (aka PLIX) began collaborating with public libraries in 2017. Since then, we’ve grown into a community of librarians and MIT Media Lab researchers who strive to integrate the ideas of creative learning into their library programs and facilitation practice. Together, this community is developing new creative STEAM learning experiences — based on MIT Media Lab research and designed for the public library setting. Today, we are excited to announce the launch of our first PLIX kits!
These PLIX kits are designed to make it easy for librarians to get started offering creative learning programs in their libraries. Each kit includes workshop materials, example projects, zines that introduce core concepts to participants, troubleshooting tips, ideas for activity prompts, and creative learning facilitation techniques to support librarians as they build their facilitation practice.
As more librarians are asked to lead educational programs with emerging technologies, we think it’s important not just to get technology into the hands of patrons, but to cultivate an environment for patrons to experiment and create with technology. We think of our PLIX Kits as care packages for our librarian collaborators who are striving to make this vision a reality in their libraries.
Below you can learn more about our first two PLIX Kits: a paper circuits kit and a Scratch + micro:bit kit. All of our kit materials are openly documented on our website. We’ll be sending a limited number of each kit out to our community, but we also encourage you to gather supplies to make your own!