BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System is introducing its first full SCLSNJ Makerspace On the Go class series, with funding received through a New Jersey State Library Makerspaces – The Leading Edge grant this year.

The classes in this first series will be held at the Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, beginning Oct. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The series will start with “An Introduction to Circuitry” using Arduino, taught by Chris Murray, the adult services librarian at the library.

Classes will be held in the Technical Training Center in the Bridgewater library.

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“Somerset County Library System’s Makerspace On the Go initiative was designed to facilitate stronger community connection,” said Rich Loomis, SCLSNJ Digital Services Manager and Makerspace On the Go Project Coordinator, in a release. “Having mobile units available allows us to bring creative technical classes to each of our 10 library branches, as well as other venues in the Somerset County community. All of the equipment purchased with grant funding can be easily packed up and transported to go wherever needed.”

The grant allowed Loomis and a task force to create two mobile units with low cost, credit-card sized computer units, as well 7-inch monitors, wireless keyboards and wireless mice.

The programs will highlight open source software, which has been available on all library terminals, and is free software.

“The makerspace movement is all about teaching people that if they can dream it, they can do it,” said Brian Auger, library director, in the release. “Somerset County Library System’s mission is to partner with the community to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. What better way to do that than come together to learn and create.”

The programs in this series will be:

  • Topics: Set up, Blinky and Potentiometer – Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Topics: RGB, Multi LED – Oct. 22, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Topics: Pushbuttons, Photo Resistor – Nov. 5, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Topics: Servo, Flex Sensor, Soft Pot – Nov. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Topics: Piezo, Motor – Dec. 3, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Topics: Relay, Shift Register, LCD – Dec. 17, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The programs are free, and no experience in the systems is required. Library cardholders ages 12 and over are welcome to be part.

Registration is required, and it is strongly recommended that participants register for all six classes at once because space is limited. To register, call 908-526-4016.

Future programs will feature topics including writing, audio/visual editing and publishing.