LIVINGSTON, NJ — In January, the Livingston Public Library began the first of its “Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits for Young Inventors and Artists,” which are borrowable kits containing supplies that allow children to explore engineering, fiber arts, robotics and paper crafts. On March 19, The Library will be participating in New Jersey Makers Day, a statewide event that celebrates and promotes maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning.
In 2015, the inaugural NJ Makers Day drew more than 13,000 individual attendees to 130 participating sites across all 21 counties in the state. Participating locations included public and academic libraries, schools, museums, schools, commercial makerspaces and AC Moore stores.
“We want the Library to be a place where Livingston residents are inspired to reach their creative potential,” said Amy Babcock Landry, Library Director. “We feel that New Jersey Makers Day is the perfect opportunity to promote that idea.”
According to Landry, the Library has always been a place of education and enrichment, a safe and welcoming space for the public to read, watch, listen, and learn. Imagining the library as a place of invention and an unassuming space for the public to test their creative waters, Landry said the Livingston Public Library shares this vision and will continue to launch programs based around the idea.
Along with a variety of interactive activities ranging from sewing and paper crafts to robotics and circuitry, the Library will also be launching more of its “Ready, Set, Create! Toolkits” on March 19, which can be borrowed with a Livingston Library card.
The event is free, and no sign-up is needed. Makers Day at Livingston Public Library will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Activities have been designed for grades four and above. Parents may assist younger children. While supplies last.