Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Erin Kernohan-Berning from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.
Whether you like to build, tinker, craft, or code, you may consider yourself a maker. “Making” is now shorthand for the Do-It-Yourself movement that has been sweeping the globe. Whether it’s knitting, building and programming robots, fabricating on a 3D printer, or prototyping with cardboard, if you like to make things and have an inventive streak, then you may be a maker.
Haliburton County Public Library – along with numerous community partners – is celebrating the spirit of making on December 9th in our first Try-It Fair. Come to Haliburton Highlands Secondary School starting at 4pm and find 10 minute demonstrations about anything from 3D printing to learning how to do anything online. There is swag to be had and you may even win a prize.
Today on Library Moments Bessie Sullivan and I will each talk about a book that also celebrates the spirit of making, so you can get a jump on sharpening those DIY skills.
Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Making isn’t just for adults, Maker Lab by Jack Challoner will help your 8-12 year old build, invent, create, and discover through 28 awesome experiments and activities. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun. Each step-by-step activity is ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a solar system, make a lemon battery, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the “why” and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied. “Making” is all about experimentation and learning how to be alright with errors. It’s about throwing convention to the wind and exploring opportunities without being afraid to fail. As our world evolves and information becomes more prolific we will all have to get used to educating ourselves on the fly. Introducing children to these concepts will equip them to be prepared in a fast-paced Do-it-yourself world.
Erin: Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds, Dale Dougherty provides a guided tour of the Maker Movement, a social revolution that is changing what gets made, how it’s made, where it’s made, and who makes it. Dougherty calls this the renaissance of making, where we get to see ourselves as creators and shapers of the world around us. With many world-changing technologies like 3D printers and microcontrollers becoming increasingly affordable, people are moving away from one-size-fits all and adopting a do-it-yourself ethic to education and business, reviving neglected urban areas, reinvigorating community spaces, and creating a mindset that is playful and engaged. Free to Make paints a picture of a near future where making is an integral part of our schools, workplaces, and everyday lives, empowering us to solve the challenges we face.
Join us on December 9th at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School from 4pm to 6pm and discover a skill you’re passionate about – any one can be a maker!
That’s it for this week’s Library Moments, thank you for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, November 20-26, 2016.