Paper Circuit Photo Card Take-and Make

Finally! I started distributing the paper circuit take-and-make kit at my library, which I’ve been dreaming about doing since the PLIX workshop back in November. I was inspired by the cat-with-LED-eyes photo I saw posted on this forum. :grin: So what I did was I selected an image from my library’s Digital Collection, a 1960s-era photo of the Minneapolis skyline covered in snow.

This take-and-make is geared for an adult audience. Local history programs are very popular at my library, so I thought this would be a fun way to promote our digital collections to local history buffs and inspire them to get creative with circuits.

Here’s the finished product:

Here’s what the kits look like:

And here’s the template included with the kit:

This is a fairly prescribed project to begin with. My hope is that I can cultivate a group of participants that want to do virtual meet-ups where the select their own images, pick up supplies from the library and then show-and-tell online what they’ve created.


Tracy, that’s a fantastic overlapping of interests. Definitely going to share with our women’s history committee because we’re trying to plan a maker workshop for them, and I think they would be super into this idea.

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Wow I love that project! So cool.

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That is so amazing! I am going to totally steal this idea!

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What a great idea for incorporating some local history into your STEM activity. Ah, I love it! Plus, the kit is super cute and inviting. I would feel cared for if I got one! :slight_smile:

Let us know how it went and what your patrons thought!

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I love this and am thinking about using this idea, but with dinosaurs. I’m a youth services librarian.

I love this idea! Our library is funded by a foundation that also funds a museum right next door. I think this would be a great project to collaborate with them on, especially since we have a digital archives collection! Definitely bookmarking this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

This is a great idea. Our library has a huge digitize collection of postcards with local landmarks an parks. I can print off some of those and have our patrons make light up cards.