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Don't Just Sit There, Make Something!
Release Date: March 15, 2017

Don't Just Sit There, Make Something!

New Jersey Makers Day Logo

Join in as we celebrate the third Annual New Jersey Makers Day, an event so popular it actually takes two days to complete - March 24 & 25. If you like to do things with your hands, you're a maker. If you like to learn about new technologies, you're a maker. If you've invented a new way to get all the toothpaste out of the tube, you're a maker too.

Makers Day at Main Library

Makers of all ages are invited for two days of hands-on learning and fun. Click on the events below for more information and to register where required.

Friday, March 24th at Main Library

Download & Dine
11:30am- 12:30pm
Sample delicious dishes made from recipes downloaded from the Zinio – the world's largest newsstand.

Sewing Machine Basics
2:00pm-4:00pm
If you have a sewing machine but no idea how to use it, Beverly is here to help. Learn to thread your sewing machine, how to care for it, and how to sew with it! You'll sew a beginner's project to take home.

Hour of Code featuring codeSpark Academy
3:30pm-4:30pm
Learn the basics of coding with codeSpark Academy, an easy-to-learn, no-words interface. Make and share games using codes you create.

Saturday, March 25th at Main Library

Maple Sugaring!
10:00am-11:00am
Learn the history, taste the results. Weather permitting, we'll even tap a tree.

Make It & Take It! Hand-Stamped Jewelry
11:00am-12:30pm
Elizabeth Tokoly, owner of EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery, will demonstrate how to make hand-stamped pendants and help you make your own to take home.

Minecraft Club with Make & Take Keychain
11:00am-12:00pm
Kids are invited to play Minecraft and create keychains or necklaces inspired by the game.

Programming with Finch Robots
12:00pm-1:00pm
Watch your programming come to life as interactive Finch robots respond to your commands.

Light Up Greeting Cards
1:00pm-2:00pm
Make your message shine by creating a card with LED lights.

Writing & Drawing Workshop with the Onigiri Animanga Club
2:00-4:00pm
Learn about distinctive manga styles and get help bringing your own stories to life.

Makers Day at the Branches

While Main Library is hosting the majority of the Makers Day programs, each Branch of the Sussex County Library has hands-on plans of their own.

  • Dennis – Make beautiful paper flowers – no watering required.
  • Dorothy Henry – Make your own bookmarks.
  • Franklin – Take the art of paper folding to a whole new level with origami animals, flowers and figurines.
  • Louise Childs – From dream catchers to peel and stick sand art, an assortment of crafts for all ages.
  • Sussex-Wantage – Tissue paper flowers will occupy the busy hands of kids and teens, while adults are invited for something more mindful – My Story/Your Story. Anyone familiar with Storycorps® will recognize this unique opportunity to sit down in a neutral, quiet space, and record a conversation that can be emailed to your own account and that of anyone with whom your thoughts should be shared. If you don't have a recording device (e.g., smart phone) library staff will help you use the iPad, and save and send the sound file.

Makers Day at Home

Yes Makers Day is all about doing things rather than reading about them. But a few printed instructions and some inspirational photos never hurt.

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