One of the great things about a Maker Faire is the opportunity for people of all ages to learn new things. The Duxbury Free Library will offer Maker Faire attendees the opportunity to learn how to solder. Soldering is an incredibly useful skill to have for projects ranging from electronics, to jewelry, to crafts. Maker Faire participants will learn how to solder a Maker badge to make blinking LED eyes, a perfect beginning soldering project.
Ellen Snoeyebos, Young Adult/Reference Librarian, and Jessica LaMarre, Children’s Librarian, have done a terrific job with their makerspace initiative at the Duxbury Free Library, offering workshops for all ages on subjects such as wearable electronics, coding, homesteading, circuitry, knitting, balloon-powered cars, jewelry making, photography, and more. They have a blog that chronicles their experiences and is a terrific resource for any library or other organization that is interested in creating this type of programming.
Libraries have always been community hubs, and makerspaces—places to create, build, and craft–are a natural fit because of the wonderful way that they promote community engagement among people of all ages. We are glad that the Duxbury Free Library will be joining us.