NJ Makers Day 2017


Join us for the third annual, statewide NJ Makers Day on Saturday, March 25 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

On this day, we will celebrate and share maker culture as entrepreneurs, small business owners and young professionals, as well as children, teens and parents from across the state share their enthusiasm for and interest in the culture of making and creating—in libraries, schools, museums, homes, and other community locations.

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 STEM-based learning.

At Bernardsville Library, we’ll have many activities and displays at the library–both techie and craft–for all age groups. There is no charge to participate. Just drop in; no sign-up is needed. Light refreshments will be available.

Among the planned activities are:

  • Printmaking with artist Lisa Madson: Make a journal decorated with prints for recording your observations on the trail and collecting specimens for future reference.
  • Woodworking with Richard E. McKeeby: Watch an “olde tyme” jigsaw demonstration of cutting puzzles, valentines, trivets, sign letters, figures and much more.
  • “Make and Take Cupcakes” with Tammy Lee:  Your ordinary cupcake will blossom into a beautiful spring flower or even a whole bouquet with marshmallows, colored sugar and candies.
  • 3D pens and a button maker: Test your skills with three-dimensional writing and design a button to take home.
  • Try drawing with a Finch Robot.
  • Watch a Robotics demonstration with the Bernards High School Robotics Team.
  • Attend a workshop at 1:00 pm on balloon sculpting for kids (ages 7 and up). Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.
  • Attend a book origami workshop for adults and teens at 2:30 pm  and create an altered book—a work of art to take home with you. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required. Click here to sign up.
  • Examine electronic NANO Bots, EV3 Mindstorms, and a display of 3D printing objects with a staff member from STEAM Works Studio.
  • Look in on the monthly meeting of Saturday Crafters.

Altered Book Contest

Altered Book

We’re also having our third Altered Book contest. 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 to pick up a book to alter and bring it back before 5:00 pm on March 17 to enter. Or, you can use your own book, if you prefer. The winner in each age category (adults 18+, teens 12-17, and kids under 11 with a parent’s help) will receive a gift card. Winners will be announced on March 25; all entries will be on display on Makers Day and through the end of the month. Click here for more information on the contest. Click here to download the entry form to bring with you when you have finished your altered book.