NJ Makers Day 2018


Join us for the fourth annual, statewide NJ Makers Day on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide single-day event that celebrates, promotes, and in many cases may introduce maker culture as well as the values associated with making. Activities support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEAM-based learning.

At Bernardsville Library, we’ll have workshops for both children and adults, and members of the Bernards High School Robotics Team will demonstrate their activities. There is no charge to participate in any of the programs. Here’s what’s on tap:


Hand-Crafted Soap–10:00 am.  Learn to make hand-crafted, scented soap. You’ll take a bar of sweet smelling soap home with you. All materials will be provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here to sign up.

Saturday Crafters–11:00 am. Don’t miss the chance to look in on the monthly meeting of Saturday Crafters–another group of makers–in the small meeting room.

Sewing Workshop–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. Upcycle old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags while learning to use a sewing machine. Bring an old, but serviceable adult t-shirt, and we will cut and sew it into a reusable shopping bag! Upcycling can start you on an adventure of creation with fabric and sewing. Also learn about the parts of a sewing machine, and how to mend minor rips and tears in clothes. Stitch together some sweet smelling sachet bags to try your hand sewing. Please bring a clean t-shirt or two. Other materials will be provided. Free. Click here to sign up for one of the time slots.


Engineering Challenge with Bricks 4 Kidz–11:00-11:45 am. Creativity, problem-solving and, of course, fun are central to this program in which children will build motorized LEGO® models using proprietary model plans. For children ages 5-10 years. Free. Space is limited. Registration is required and opens 2/24.

Drawing with Young Rembrandts–1:00-2:00 pm. In this hour-long workshop, budding artists will combine creativity with traditional drawing techniques to produce impressive works of art. For children ages 5-11 years. Free. Space is limited. Registration is required and opens 2/24.

The Altered Book Project

Altered Book

We’re also having our fourth Altered Book Project. An altered book is any book that has been made into an art object. A simple Google search for altered books will reveal a huge range of possibilities.

Stop by the library after February 1st to pick up a book to alter and bring it back before 5:00 pm on February 23 to enter. Or, you can use your own book, if you prefer.

Enter in one of three age categories: adults, teens (ages 12-17), and kids (11 and under with a parent’s help). This project is open to everyone and prizes will be awarded. They will be announced at Bernardsville Library’s Makers Day on Saturday, March 10th (10 am- 2 pm). All entries will be on display on Makers Day and through March 26. Click here for more information. Click here to download the entry form to bring with you when you have finished your altered book.