SUMMIT, NJ - Joining with libraries, schools, museums, colleges, makerspaces, businesses and other community locations throughout the Garden State -- all of whom will be part of a statewide celebration of making and the maker culture --  the Summit Free Public Library (SFPL) will, on March 23, be a partiipating site for 'New Jersey Makers Day'.

The maker movement in the United States is much more than a hobby, it is having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies.

The Library has activities planned throughout the day for children from pre-school - grade 5. The day’s activities kick off at 10 a.m. with 'STEAM Buddies'. Pre-school (age 2) through grade 5 children are invited to listen to stories read by teen volunteers and build a story in a group using the Library’s collection of LEGO Story Starter kits. Registration is required for this program.

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From 2 - 4 p.m., children in grades 3 and up are invited to learn how to program with the 'T in STEM: Scratch Programming Workshop'. Sponsored by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library, children will learn how to program a fully functional game or project using Scratch 3.0. Registration is required for this program as well.

The Library will also host an informal 'Maker Fest Free-for-All', from 2 - 4 p.m. for kids in grades 1 - 5, featuring 'Big Box Build' and 'Build a Lego Vehicle' activities and 'techy crafts' for kids of all ages.

Adults can join in the fun, as the Library will have a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles set up in the adult section of the Library to challenge its 'big kid' patrons.

The fun continues for teens in grades 6 - 12 on Monday, March 25, with Solar-Powered Mason Jar Luminaries from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Participants can decorate a mason jar to use as a solar-powered light.

“We are ecstatic to be able to bring this type of programming to the Summit community,” said Susan Permahos, Director at the Summit Free Public Library. “We are committed to finding ways to help people to learn new skills and to work collaboratively on exciting hands-on projects. Community members of all ages are invited to join us for an exciting day filled with activities focusing on maker culture.”

The Library’s 'Makers Day' activities stretch into April, with an event for adults -- 'Instant Pot Basics' on Saturday, April 6, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. -- a  class will also cover the basic functions of the 'Instant Pot' as well as what the 'Instant Pot' can and cannot do, liquid requirements, and the three different release methods and when to use them.

Basic recipes such as rice pudding, hard-boiled eggs, macaroni and cheese, applesauce, and mashed potatoes will be demonstrated and participants will be invited to sample the food that’s prepared in class.

For more information on 'New Jersey Makers Day' events, call Ann-Marie Aymer, SFPL Head of Youth Services at 908-273-0350, ext. 4, or visit The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.