Build a Better Book is now recruiting new partner sites (including libraries, community Makerspaces and schools) to participate in the project. We are particularly interested in supporting teams of two individuals from the same organization or from collaborating organizations in a community (e.g., two librarians representing different branches within a library district, a library and school partner, a school and community Makerspace, etc.). Please submit the application below if you are interested in participating in the Build a Better Book network and attending an in-person professional development workshop. The workshop will take place January 29 - 31, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. Travel and hotel expenses will be provided. The application deadline is November 1, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified the week of November 18, 2020.

Workshop Goals:

  • Introduction to Universal Design concepts for accessibility, emphasizing, but not limited to, design considerations for people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Hands-on introduction to various STEM/Makerspace technologies and techniques for creating tactile, multi-modal materials 
  • Preparation for leading Build a Better Book programs at your home location that fit the needs of your audience, staffing, and resources
  • Networking and resource sharing among attendees to grow a community of Makers that support the Build a Better Book goals

Who should apply:
We encourage applicants to apply and attend as a community team of two individuals (e.g. two staff from your organization, staff and a community partner, etc.)

  • Librarians
  • Teachers
  • Professionals who work with middle or high school students
  • Professionals who work with blind or visually impaired students, or related fields
  • Formal or informal STEM instructors

Partnership expectations:
After completing training, new partner sites will be expected to plan and implement at least one multi-day Build a Better Book program in 2020. The program will introduce youth participants to universal design concepts for accessibility, utilize STEM skills and technologies, and produce prototype or finished materials for tactile or multi-modal learning. Build a Better Book is particularly interested in organizations that can sustain a partnership beyond one year with continued programming, creation of materials, and participation in the Build a Better Book network. Participating sites are expected to provide the Build a Better Book program with documentation of planning and results, participate in evaluation activities, and attend meetings or conference calls.

If you have any questions about the workshop or would like additional information before submitting an application, please contact us by email.


Applicant 1
Applicant 2
Briefly describe your population service area and demographic:
Briefly describe your organization's current STEM/Makerspace programming, as well as any teen programming you provide.
Describe your current staff capacity to facilitate and support STEM/Makerspace programs.
How often are you able to provide STEM/Makerspace programming at your organization?
How comfortable are you with the tools and concepts listed below?
Not at all familiarSomewhat familiarComfortable using but have not yet taught othersComfortable using and teaching
3D modeling and printing *
Using a laser cutter *
Drag and Drop programming (Scratch etc.) *
Recording and editing sound files *
Using microcontrollers (Makey Makey, Bare Conductive, Arduino etc.) *
Design Thinking model *
Issues around accessibility *
How would a Build a Better Book program complement your existing programs or curriculum?
What level of support will be provided by your organization for running an initial program and for continued participation in the Build a Better Book network in the future?
How will you recruit youth participants for your Build a Better Book program?
Please describe any existing or potential partners for collaboration (e.g., schools, libraries, businesses, organizations serving people with disabilities, etc.).
If applying as a community team, please describe the role that each team member will play in your Build a Better Book program.