I don't know how Joey will like the kit I picked out for him--I'll find that out tonight--but I think it's pretty cool. It's called Tecno, and it consists of a plastic box, the lid of which is perforated like a peg board with holes into which you can screw the accompanying plastic screws and bolts. There are assorted other plastic pieces--nuts, washers, angle brackets and flat pieces--that you use to create flat or 3-D items. My favorite is a cute little helicopter. There are plastic tools to use on the plastic pieces, along with an instruction booklet (actually, more of a suggestion booklet) and two other books: Build Your Own Car, Rocket, and Other Things That Go, by Tammy Enz, and Auto Mechanics, by Cecilia Minden and Mary Minden-Zins.
We're working on plans for a much more ambitious maker space in what is now our teen hang-out space on the main floor. The new environs will include an array of gadgets and devices for public use, among them several desktop computers (loaded with programs like Minecraft, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Garage Band, etc.), a 3-D pen, a Raspberry Pi, an AccuCut die cutter, an iPad station with Osmos--just lots of neat stuff. Stay tuned. It should be awesome.