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Spotswood Public Library to Celebrate NJ Makers Day

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Carnegie Mellon University's Finch Robots will be making an appearance on March 19 for NJ Makers Day. Credits: Dawn Miller
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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - For the second year, New Jersey Makers Day will be making an appearance at libraries across the state including the Spotswood Public Library. This year the event whose goal is to "enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents" promoting innovative, hands-on experiences, has expanded to include an additional day.

NJ Makers Day will be held at public libraries, schools and certain businesses throughout the Garden State on March 18 and 19. Activities at the Spotswood Public Library will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The staff of the Main Street library including Library Director C.L. Quillen, will be on hand to provide participants with the opportunities to try several different crafts. Visitors can learn to draw, knit, crochet and even make a sachet. Miss Jessica, who runs the popular story time program, will be giving instruction on how to create individual puzzles. 

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The Friends of the Library will be showing participants how to make their own bookmarks. However, the hit of the NJ Makers Day at the Spotswood Library just may be the Finch Robots.

The Finch is the end result of a four year project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University and is designed to assist in computer education. It can be utilized with students beginning at age eight that are learning how to code.

The Finch can move forward, backward as well as side to side. Batteries are not required for movement and people can get the chance to program the robot.

Registration is not required to participate in the activites offered on NJ Makers Day. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

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