SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library (SFPL) will be a host site for the Second Annual "New Jersey Makers Day," held on on March 18 - 19, with community members of all ages invited to participate in two days filled with activities focusing on maker culture.

The SFPL will feature a Robotics demonstration for Middle School students on March 18 at 3 p.m. with Robot Revolution.  The following day, the library will host a series of craft-, science- and technology-related programs for all ages from 9:30 a.m. through 4 p.m., with one such program -- a STEM storytime for babies and preschoolers -- held at 10 a.m. at the Connection for Women and Families, located at 79 Maple Street. 

These programs are sponsored by LibraryLinkNJ, Robot Revolution, the Summit Area YMCA, the Connection for Women and Families, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Summit Area Public Foundation, and the Friends of Summit Free Public Library.

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The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. To celebrate making and maker culture, residents throughout New Jersey will come together on March 18 and 19 in libraries, schools, museums, homes, and other community locations.

"New Jersey Makers Day" is designed to be a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and, in many cases, may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning.

In 2015, the inaugural "New Jersey 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, as well as sponsorship from such organizations as LibraryLinkNJ, littleBits Electronics, and ManufactureNJ.

Maker spaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels. "New Jersey Makers Day" allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations and displays, and the expertise of the individuals and organizations that make, create, and develop right in their own backyards.

For more information, contact the Children's Department at 908-273-0350, option 4, or visit summitlibrary.org.  Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street. Additional information regarding "New Jersey Makers Day" can be found at njmakersday.org.