Push it at VMMF

Aw yeah! Maker Faire!

I think we can say that it went great! We gave out lots of book recommendations to people, met lots of librarians, were able to enthuse about raspberry pi computers, and apart from the “small” problem of no children’s books in our machine everything went great! (Who would have thought that children would want to push a mysterious button?)

DSCN1857(Krista and Stephanie at the booth.)

Here’s an article on the Georgia Straight’s website where they interviewed me about the project and makerbrarian stuff in general. Unfortunately they failed to mention ASIS&T at all! : (

(Thanks to our faculty adviser Eric Myers for the first three photos in this post.)


Check out this awesome skull we borrowed from another booth.


And our raspberry made out of balloons!

So what’s next? I’ll be taking the machine to the ALA conference in Las Vegas, we’ll be giving a talk at the UBC Library Camp on July 25th, Koerner Library has expressed interest in having the machine in their library in September, we’re in the process of sending in a poster proposal for the ASIS&T conference in Seattle this fall, and who knows what else!

5 thoughts on “Push it at VMMF

  1. Hello! This seems like such a fun project that I’d like to give it a go. This would be my first attempt at using Raspberry Pi and was curious if you could recommend it as a first project. Also, I was trying to piece together the list of supplies and was curious if you have a definitive list. Thanks!

    • This was the first Raspberry Pi project for any of us, so I think it’s definitely possible as a first project!
      We’re hoping to get complete instructions online soon (by the end of July?). If we don’t get them up by then feel free to bother us either by comment or email : )

  2. Hi! I was able to build my box, but I can’t get the button to work. It’s just printing and printing and the button does nothing. I’m curious if I have the wrong kind of button or if it’s just not programmed correctly. Any tips?

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