SPARTA, NJ – Third grade students took a field trip to the Sparta Library last week for a chance to see what is over there, aside from books. Each of the teachers had a scheduled time to bring the children to a Makers Day event.

“This was a cool field trip,” one youngster said.

In the children’s section the students had a scavenger hunt to work through.  They followed maps to find clues for the group to solve a puzzle. 

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Children’s Librarian Meaghan Darling organized much of the activities.  She said the scavenger hunt was larger this year.

Victoria Stanton said the scavenger hunt was her favorite activity of the day.

Students got to try out the 3D pen and watch the 3D printer. They took turns with the VR or virtual reality glasses.  They enjoyed playing the video games using the Playstation 4 and new Switch.

“I feel like it’s fun to come here and learn new things,” a student said.

Regan Cina said the VR glasses and video games were his favorite.  Colin Carbery and Cullen Snelling agreed; the video games were the best.

Penelope Grecco said she did not know they could “rent” a Nintendo Switch and 3D printer.  “There are a lot of different activities and things you can check out, other than books.”

The students were excited about their experience, talking among themselves about what they enjoyed most as they put their coats on to walk back to their classrooms.

“We love having them here,” Librarian David Costa said.