October 15, 2016. Newport, RI.
Media Smart Libraries showcased what local libraries are doing to promote Makerculture at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire located at FabNewport. The faire was open to the public and was a busy, bustling day attended by families, educators, community members, start-ups, and local business owners.
Lee-Ann Galli demonstrated Stop Motion Animation and talked to participants about her making activities and programs held at the Narragansett Public Library. Children had the opportunity to make their own short animations and we passed out an informational flyer about making in Rhode Island libraries. As the maker movement continues to be a buzzword among the educational and recreational community, it is vital that libraries demonstrate their crucial role in making and makerspaces.
Some of the highlights of the faire were homemade hover boards, a motorcycle built from recycled parts and 3-D printed pieces, and a display of robotic kits. It was clear from this faire that children are excited to participate in making activities. Media Smart Libraries is hosting a workshop titled Starting a Makerspace In Your Library on December 5th for librarians and educators interested in getting in on the making movement.