WARREN, NJ - Gone are the thoughts that a library is a place for silent reading and silent reading only. The 21st century library is a makerspace - a place where like-minded people can gather to create, build, and craft. This March, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will be highlighting ways the 10 library branches can serve as makerspaces for the community. 
 
“The community comes together, engages with each other, learns from each other, and works together every single day at our library branches,” said Laura Mellor, head of youth services at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch. “Our libraries are makerspaces. Whether it’s working with polymers or building with Legos, knitting a hat or editing family photos, learning about robotics or creating your own garden, you can do it at our libraries.”
 
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that occupations related to STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - are projected to see an increase of about 1 million jobs by 2022. “Our makerspace programs support these growing industries,” said Mellor. 
 
Maker programs will be held at all 10 library branches of SCLSNJ throughout the month of March, including NJ Makers Day on March 21. Below are highlights. A full list can be found at http://sclsnj.org/s/makermonth.

 
SCLSNJ Warren Township Library branch
Tech Talk: Edit Your Family Photos
March 16, 7-8:30 pm
Introductory class for GIMP, an open-source graphics editor. Topics included: installation, interface customization, editing with tools and curves, layering images and output options. For more information: http://sclsnj.org/s/makewtl1.
 
SCLSNJ Watchung Library branch
Life Hacks U Can Use
March 18, 7:30-8:30 pm
Appropriate for teens grades 5-12. Try out some clever and efficient ways to solve real world problems, with and without the help of modern technology. For more information: http://sclsnj.org/s/makewgl1