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Photos: A Journey Through STEAMpunk Land

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Profession Steampunk Scott Calvin discussed the engineers and innovators of the 1800s. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The professor demonstrated an arm cannon he invented. It can shoot, peas, cat treats or paint balls. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Professor Steampunk showed a set of death ray glasses he invented. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A simple demonstration of hoists and pulleys. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Volunteers gather in the make-shift hot air balloon in the Library's atrium. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The Teterboro Aviation Hall of Fame demonstrated the science of aerodynamics. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Children attend the DIY table to make paper flowers. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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DIYers could make origami fidget spinners. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Volunteers help children attending the summer bash. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Madison Palladino helped children in the DIY and raffle area. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The Hasbrouck Heights Library main desk was transformed into a bistro cafe. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Cupcakes were on the menu at the summer bash. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The coffee and tea bar was for parents only. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Outraghisss…Pets helped teach children how to make a better for animals. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Ernie the emu was popular with the children. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Look but don't pet Elvis the caiman, a relative in the alligator family. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The children meet Winston the albino wallaby. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Stairway to STEAMpunk Land at the Hasbrouck Heights Library. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library was transformed and decorated like the Belle Époque era in France – the late 1800s, a period of scientific, artistic and literary innovation, full of optimism, creativity, and excitement -- in celebration of  Take a Journey Through STEAMpunk Land, the yearly blowout of events for the whole family on Friday, August 4.

The Library’s 11th annual summer bash, which draws up to 200 people annually,  is a time-honored tradition of fun, learning and engagement, where families can spend quality time together in a relaxed and informal setting. This year’s theme, building upon the summer reading tagline “Build a Better World,” is meant to inspire the next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders. STEAMpunk Land, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, fits in with the Library’s centennial anniversary, blending the old and new in imaginative ways.

"We want to promote creativity and imagination," Mimi Hui, Library Director, said. "Part of the Library's mission is lifelong learning and that starts at the library."

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Food featured finger sandwiches of cheese, ham, turkey and roast beef, a caprese-style pasta salad, cupcakes, and French pastries and coffee and tea for adults, served in a bistro style.  

Planning for the bash started in February. It takes more than 50 people to plan and host the annual event, including staff, volunteers, Board members, Friends of the Library and community service students. 

"It takes a team of very talented staff and volunteers to have an event and to bring the community together, and we're glad to have it at the Library," Hui said. "It's a gift to give back to the community."

Take a Journey Through STEAMpunk Land is made possible with the generous support from the Friends of the Library, ShopRite and Fisher’s Café in Hasbrouck Heights.

 

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