NJ Makers Day at the Hunterdon County Library
PROGRAM DATE AND TIME: Saturday, March 25th 10am-4pm
PLACE: North County Branch Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ
South County Branch Library, 1432 Rt. 179, Lambertville, NJ
CONTACT: Reference Librarian Sandy Janosik, 908-730-6135, firstname.lastname@example.org
NJ Makers Day Saturday, March 25th 10-4pm Hunterdon County Library, ages 6 to adult
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Think about the last time you fixed something, built, designed or discovered a better way to accomplish a task. It’s fun and feels good! Libraries across New Jersey will be hosting New Jersey Makers Day, Saturday, March 25th to remind us that creativity and ingenuity are a part of us all. More than that, these skills are vital to our economy. Spend a couple of hours with us and find a new hobby, connect with someone who holds the same interest as you or see some new technology in action. The Hunterdon County Library is hosting Makers Day activities at the North County Branch Library in Clinton and South County Branch Library in Lambertville.
The North County Branch Library in Clinton will host local artists, businesses, environmental and technology clubs who have volunteered to teach the community on Makers Day. New groups this year include the Community Garden Club of Hunterdon County who will teach participants how to make beautiful fabric eggs. Students from the Voorhees High School Environmental Club will showcase reusing and recycling with projects that are kind to the environment. The North County Branch Garden Club, sharing years of experience with the community, will have a variety of information on environmental stewardship in Hunterdon County.
Makers Day also emphasizes creative ways of learning technology skills. Returning for their 3rd year, RoboStorm 4-H Robotics Club will demonstrate robotics and 3D printing. Learn how 3D printing works and watch your own name tag print on a 3D printer, then take it home. See the projects 4-H Robotics members are working on, including drones and homemade robotics. Come at 2pm to watch the action and cheer for your favorite battlebot in a LEGO battlebot competition where 4-H club members design a robot, then see whose is the strongest on the battlebot arena. Design a circuit using Snap Circuits or challenge your robotic handling skills in the Mazebot Challenge course.
The Maker mindset challenges us all to create, not just consume. Game U of Flemington teaches kids to design and build their own videogames rather than just play them. Kids and parents can sample the video game design software at Makers Day and talk to Game U about their curriculum.
Learning circuitry skills has never been more fun! Design a Play-Doh creation, then discover how to light it up using Squishy Circuits taught by high school senior Girl Scout Troop 80462. Participants can also make an LED paper flower using a variety of papers and take it home to enjoy, while supplies last.
Young builders, 6 and over can participate in a number of fantastic LEGO building activities led by Bricks 4 Kidz instructors. Join a 45 minute motorized model building class and build models using Bricks 4 Kidz copyrighted plans; 10:15, 11:15, 1:15. Participants can take it to the next level and create their own motorized model of a moving animal or person after learning the basics. Bricks 4 Kidz will also have two 45 minute classes featuring architectural builds of famous buildings from around the world; 12:15, 2:15. Throughout the day, there will be a creative build area to show off your building chops. In addition, there will be the opportunity to design your own mosaic.
Learn how to create a still life oil painting using a classic alla prima technique with artist/co-owner Zoe Zylowski of the Art Academy. Sample the training in a 60 minute class, scheduled to be determined. Classes include each step in the process, drawing, applying color and working the edges. Class size is limited– check library website for details close to March 25th.
Come pound some metal! Readington Metal Works, who specializes in jewelry and small sculpture, will be doing an engraving demonstration after which you can try engraving on a pre-made blank pendant. Make a catapult with Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation, then test your aim with mini-marshmallows. Learn about all the summer fun planned at the Parks & Rec. as well.
It’s amazing what you can create with a piece of paper! The art of origami will be taught for both beginners and more advanced folders by librarian Mary NK and library volunteers.
Weave on a loom or receive an introductory lesson on sewing. The community is fortunate to have several local residents excited about teaching fabric arts. Ms. Lois Macknik will demonstrate weaving on a table loom and have a small loom visitors can weave on, as well as samples of different types of weaving. Ms. JoAnne Gardner is returning for her 3rd Makers Day, demonstrating quilting on a large 8×8 quilting frame. Ms. Gardner will also demonstrate and let participants sew on a sewing machine.
The South County Branch Library will host the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, who will demonstrate farm technology and share the rich agricultural history of the local area. Participants also have the opportunity to build simple robots and try their hand at bridge building. The fun continues for young builders who will be busy with an open LEGO build. The staff is excited to help participants learn how to make buttons on the library’s button making machine. The Red Mill Museum is also planning a demonstration at the South County Branch.
All activities are free to Hunterdon County residents and most available on a drop-in basis from 10am to 4pm unless noted above. Events are subject to change so please check www.hclibrary.us for updated information on times of specific events closer to March 25th. Some activities continue as long as supplies last. Contact North County Branch Reference at 908-730-6135 for Art Academy 10am and Bricks 4 Kidz 10:15am class registrations. Contact Sandy at email@example.com if you are interested in being an exhibitor. Additional information about the statewide NJ Makers Day activities can be found at njmakersday.org.