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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: C. H. Booth Library

"MAKEconnections," C.H. Booth Library, Newtown

"MAKEconnections" is an intergenerational, collaborative platform for volunteerism through making. The library will offer six-week sessions during which volunteers will work together to create useful products to be donated to nonprofit organizations. In the initial session, participants will build 12 prosthetic hands using parts printed on the library's 3D printer. Future project ideas will be generated by participants.

Project Details

Project Name: MAKEconnections: A platform for meaningful volunteerism through making

Purpose: Intergenerational collaboration

Grant Funding Amount: $1,925

Key Elements: Volunteerism, creativity, collaboration, working in small groups, helping real people

Target Audiences: Someone who wants to volunteer meaningfully:

  • Teens, need volunteer hours
  • Retirees, looking to connect
  • Parents, creating community
  • Adults in transition, putting down roots

Community Support: Library board, community groups

Use of grant funds: tools and supplies, 3D printer filament, support staff time for training and facilitation, posters and flyers.

Why: Newtowners want to:

  • Give back in a meaningful, concrete way
  • Take pride in their work
  • Participate in a structured program
  • Find a new use for library resources

Team Members

EXCITE team from C.H. Booth Library

Kim Weber, Kate Sheehan, Alana Bennison, Andy Forsyth

The C.H. Booth Library has 16.8 FTE employees.

Presentation Slide

MAKEconnections presentation slide


This pilot of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries and the seed grants awarded to pilot libraries were funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

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