The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. On Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th, the Secaucus Public Library will join institutions and residents throughout New Jersey in celebrating NJ Makers Day.
NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide event that highlights maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. NJ Makers Day allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations and displays, and the expertise of the individuals and organizations that make, create, and develop right in their own backyards.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this type of programming to our community as part of our ongoing Makerspace Initiative, which is supported and funded by the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library,” said Library Director Jenifer May. “We are committed to finding ways to help people to learn new skills and to work collaboratively on exciting hands-on projects. Our library is proud to be a participating site for the second year in a row. Community members of all ages are invited to join us for an exciting day filled with activities focusing on maker culture.”
According to technology librarian Lisa Machno, the library will celebrate NJ Makers Day with several different events over the course of two days. “Throughout the day on Friday, March 24th, we will have the equipment that comprises our mobile makerspace set up and available for use on a walk-in basis. We will also have staff onsite throughout the day to answer questions and demonstrate how the equipment can be used. We hope that people of all ages will visit and try out our button maker, sewing machines, 3-D printer and scanner, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Silhouette Cameo Cutter and other maker equipment.”
“On Saturday, we are celebrating NJ Makers Day in two locations- at the library and at the town’s outdoor St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. In the library, Curiosity Lab, a local hands-on, STEAM based discovery laboratory for kids, will be hosting a Make Your Own Slime workshop from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Curiosity Lab will provide safety glasses, all supplies and step-by-step instruction for anyone 3 years or older who would like to make their own GAK or toy slime. The process can get a little messy, so participants are encouraged to wear play clothes or a smock.”
“We are also putting the ‘mobile’ in our Mobile Makerspace on Saturday, March 25th, and bringing our Lego Mindstorms Robots as well as a few special surprise maker components to the festival from 1pm until 5pm. Stop by the Secaucus Public Library booth and see what the Maker Movement is all about,” Machno said.
For more information, please contact Lisa Machno at 201-330-2083 x4005 or email . Find out more about NJ Makers Day at www.njmakersday.org.