MANALAPAN – For the fourth consecutive year, the Monmouth County Library is sponsoring Makers Day, the statewide initiative that celebrates making and maker culture for New Jersey residents by exploring new and interesting community-wide education, entrepreneurship and hands on learning experiences.
The daylong celebration for the county library system, including all 13 branches, will be held at the Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr., Saturday, March 10 between noon and 4 p.m.
Makers Day, which last year drew more than 1,000 guests to the library, began in Piscataway and is organized by Doug Baldwin, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Piscataway Public Library. The Monmouth County library has been part of it since its inception. Statewide, events are featured at more than 300 participating locations, are presented in each of the 21 counties, and attract almost 100,000 guests for the one-day event.
At Manalapan, more than 30 different companies, organizations, and non-profit groups have already signed on to present hands-on technology, building and creative activities, demonstrations, exhibits and interactive experiences aimed at all ages from 3 to 103.
“This is one more wonderful program presented by our County Library system,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry, the board’s liaison to the county system. “It offers such a broad range of activities and appeal it attracts people of all ages and explores new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, and hands-on learning experiences.”
Among the activities planned for the Manalapan site are programs by the Deep Cut Bonsai Society, woodworking by the Garden State Marquetry Club, geocaching with Rachel Casey, My A to Z rug with educator Danna Gal, Robotic Soccer with Plum Crazy Underwater Robotics and Rogue Rovers Underwater Robotics with students from High Tech High School. Also scheduled for the afternoon are science lab creations from Super Science for Kids, Makey, an invention building site, Master Gardeners, motorized LEGO projects, and India Block printing with Seema Moondra.
“We thank the many presenters and participants who continue to make this annual event the superb attraction it is,” said Renee B Swartz, Chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “It’s also an opportunity for people not familiar with all the library offers to see the books, DVDs, and electronic resources that are always available within our library. Parents might also want to visit the Children’s Reference Desk and learn more about this state-wide program with an eye towards their own participation next year.”
To learn more about this and other programs at any of the Monmouth County libraries, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org