March 15, 2017

The Plainsboro Library Celebrates Makers’ Day

The Plainsboro Public Library will observe NJ Makers’ Day on March 25 from noon to 3 p.m. A statewide event, the observance will promote individual creative pursuits (or “maker” activity) in the science and the arts.

Participants in “Makers’ Day” will focus on projects at the library, which they might not be able to pursue in their own homes. Mentors will be on hand to help with activities like weaving; hands-on quilting for adults, in the first-floor Community Room; scientific projects; and simple inventions using small LED bulbs, magnets, and batteries.

Parents and kids will be invited to disassemble machines and electronic devices, to make planters out of plastic bottles, or to create their own constellation diagrams with LED stars.

The nationwide “maker” movement, which started about 2006, emphasizes learning-through-doing in a social environment.  In recent years, libraries throughout the country have begun offering programs and setting aside spaces to promote “maker” activity.

Such spaces – called “makerspaces” — provide tools, technology, and social connections otherwise unavailable to patrons. The library is in the process of transforming its third floor Science Center into a makerspace.

According to Darren Miguez, head of the library’s Youth Services Department, “It is our goal that children and teens can explore, create and engage their curiosity with a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)-focused tools and activities. Currently we are looking for community input as we start allocating resources and seeking funding . . .”

Library staff members want to know what kinds of activities community members would like to explore in the new space and are inviting them to fill out a questionnaire about their interests. Questionnaires are available both in the library and on the library website, at www.plainsborolibrary.org.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street in Plainsboro.