BELMAR, NJ — As a place where creativity meets technology, the Belmar Community Makerspace is looking for ways to expand its reach into the world of making. And it’s asking the community to help in the effort.
Since participating in New Jersey Makers Day last month, the innovative hub for local creators, builders, innovators and artists — located at the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex — has been attracting much attention for its full array of “maker” capabilities.
“As we saw on New Jersey Makers Day, the maker movement is huge, with many different techniques, methods and topics for making things,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who manages the facility for the Belmar Public Library. “The Belmar Community Makerspace is excited to be a center for people to engage in this creative world.”
And because of the diversity of creative making, it is now taking the next step and asking current and prospective users to offer input on the types of offerings they would like to see at the makerspace —whether they are looking to take a workshop or class, or visit during open hours to work in their own personal projects.
Click here to take the simple survey, which includes a selection of activities and topics from which to choose, as well as preferred days and times for offerings. There also is a place for respondents to leave comments, suggestions or questions.
“This way we can better meet their needs and wants with programs that are attractive and fun,” Pulido said.
Designed for people to both learn and refine their skills, the Belmar Community Makerspace features 3D printers, a video and photography studio, a basic and electronics workshop, computers for coding and programming, and sewing machines. It also includes a large flat-screen television for workshop instruction and presentations, as well as offers free Wi-Fi and Internet access.
Located at the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at at 503 Seventh Avenue, the Makerspace is open to Belmar residents and nonresidents alike. While Belmar Public Library cards are not necessary to take classes and workshops, they are required of those looking to work independently on personal projects in the Makerspace.
Library cards are free for Belmar residents and $25 for nonresidents.They are available at the Makerspace or main library at 517 Tenth Avenue.
Open hours are available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
For workshops and classes, no experience is necessary, and there are no prerequisites. To register for these free offerings, click here. For a rundown of upcoming workshops and classes, visit the Belmar Public Library website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732 681-0775 or email Pulido at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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