Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hosting a table at a Maker Faire

Things can't get much better than having another organization (Cape Cod Makers) promote your library, highlighting in their own words your values, your activities and your outreach.

A goal I am setting for FY 2016: Be a more visible presence in the life of our community. Don't just wait for people to come into the library, bring the library to the people!

If you are in the Southeastern Massachusetts area on Saturday, May 30, swing by the gymnasium of the Cape Cod Community College (Exit 6 off the Mid Cape Highway, Route 6, turn north towards Barnstable, the entrance is immediately on your right.). We'll be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along with many, many other cool organizations and individual inventors and creators! There's a kayak made exclusively of duct tape!

"One of the great things about a Maker Faire is the opportunity for people of all ages to learn new things. The Duxbury Free Library will offer Maker Faire attendees the opportunity to learn how to solder.  Soldering is an incredibly useful skill to have for projects ranging from electronics, to jewelry, to crafts.  Maker Faire participants will learn how to solder a Maker badge to make blinking LED eyes, a perfect beginning soldering project.
Ellen Snoeyebos, Young Adult/Reference Librarian, and Jessica LaMarre, Children’s Librarian, have done a terrific job with their makerspace initiative at the Duxbury Free Library, offering workshops and drop-in sessions on subjects such as 3D printed jewelry, littleBits, Lego We-Dos, and Mindstorms, and electronic holiday cards. They have a blog that chronicles their experiences and is a terrific resource for any library or other organization that is interested in creating this type of programming.
In addition to soldering, the Duxbury Free Library will bring their 3Doodler and their 3D printer for live demonstrations. They are also hoping to interview people for their regular on-going podcast.

Libraries have always been community hubs, and makerspaces—places to create, build, and craft–are a natural fit because of the wonderful way that they promote community engagement among people of all ages.  We are glad that the Duxbury Free Library will be joining us."

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