Meet the Makers: Palm Harbor Hazel L. Incantalupo MakerSpace

We love working with the Hazel L. Incantalupo Children’s Makerspace at Palm Harbor Library and are so happy they’re going to exhibit at Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con 2018!  Marissa Steuer, Youth Services Librarian at Palm Harbor Library, tells us more about this great space here!

Here at the Palm Harbor Library, your imagination is your only limitation! Kids that use our Hazel L. Incantalupo MakerSpace for ages 5-12 can use a variety of arts and crafts supplies to create anything and everything. We’ve had creations ranging from rag dolls to sculptures to art masterpieces. Our supplies include paint, clay, fuse beads, Popsicle sticks, buttons, pipe cleaners, feathers, toilet paper tubes, string, fun loops, pom-poms, recycled materials, and pretty much anything else you can think of. However, parents are not allowed the MakerSpace, so the projects that emerge are entirely kid inventions!

We feel that giving children the ability to explore and experiment with various media at an early age introduces them to the possibilities that fine and applied art inspires. While technology instruction is rampantly expanding and encouraged, hands-on, free-form creation helps children appreciate the accomplishment and pride that comes from physical construction. The Arts and Humanities help kids to develop into well-rounded, compassionate individuals capable of higher-level and out-of-the-box thinking.

The more we can do to foster a love of art at a young age, the more appreciation they will have for learning, reading, and (of course) libraries!

Our Makers are inspired by everything. Some love to fuse bead characters from their favorite fandoms, while others make their own versions of objects such as fishing poles and rockets. We love it when we ask the kids what they have created, and they say they don’t know! It’s fun to tell them what we see and compare it to what they see; also, it serves as a good introduction to post-modern art!

At the Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, the Palm Harbor Library will be bringing all kinds of funky arts and crafts supplies to encourage attendees to get creative! We’ll also bring our fuse beads, templates, and iron for anyone who wants to make a design to take home.

Conventions of any type tend to group like-minded individuals who can share ideas and possibly become life-long friends. What is special about the Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con is the range of experiences available to attendees. No matter how much you think you know about maker-culture, there is always something new to be discovered!


We couldn’t have said it better! Come check out the great activities Palm Harbor Library will have on hand at Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con March 24, and Make it Fun!

General admission tickets are FREE! And there are a variety of options for exhibitors. Click the image below to save your spot today!

Get your tickets or reserve your booth today!

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