MiY:makerspace at Piscataway Public Library

Bring Your Ideas to MiY

Make It Yourself (MiY) gives residents of all ages access to tools, techniques and hands-on learning experiences that will spark their imaginations and enrich their lives. A particular focus will be given to young people, with the goal of inspiring/nurturing their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM education is increasingly important as students prepare for careers in our 21st century, technology-dependent, global economy. Looking at global technology trends, these learning and "making" experiences are going to be vital for current and future generations.


Maker Movement Infographic

MiY provides a variety of opportunities for the public to learn new skills, cultivate and prototype new ideas, as well as collaberate with others to create things :

  • Weekly makerspace open hours Thurs 3-5p (and by appointment) when visitors can freely use the space to access information, tools and resources to learn or work projects.
  • Our annual "Summer of MAKE" intiative which provides children and teens with a stimulating and experience rich environment making STEM based projects and builds.
  • Monthly and bi-monthly instructor led activities for children, teens and adults
  • Large-scale family-friendly events such as Art-tronics, Cardboard Challenge, and our Mini Maker Exhibition
  • Use of our makerspace, by appointment, for individuals and groups (including meetings, demonstrations and tours)


Piscataway Library has always been a destination for consuming content. Now the library is a place you can go to create, too!  Questions?  Contact Us


MiY:makerspace Events

06/27/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
06/28/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
06/28/2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
07/05/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
07/05/2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm


MiY:makerspace News

2018 MiY Summer Workshop Programs

If your child is interested in science, technology, engineering, robotics, and other STEM related topics... then Piscataway Library is the place to be this summer 2018! We have three fantastic and immersive programs going on that will be sure to provide a fun learning experience for those in grades K-12

The Summer of MAKE : Teen Maker Institute is an immersive summer STEAM workshop program for those entering grades 6-12 operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Teen Services Department. This new program is designed to provide a much deeper and immersive making and STEM experience for those who are accepted into the program! This program will consist of two groups of 15 teens. Each group will complete 12 projects over a 6-week period from June 27th - August 10th on Wednesdays and Fridays. One group will attend Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11a-1p and the other group will attend Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm. To be a part of this unique experience, teens will have to apply for acceptance into the program. As always, projects made during this program will all be make and take home. 

The projects we will be making this summer include:

  • Wifi Weather Station
  • Battlebots on a Budget
  • Keyring Phone Charger
  • Electronic Audio Game
  • Google Cardboard
  • Kinetic Sculptures
  • Musical Box
  • Handheld Labyrinth
  • LED Candle (that can be blown out)
  • Chapstick LED Flashlight
  • Airboat
  • Cardboard Automata
  • Toy Hacking
  • Twinkling Bag

Note: Some projects may be subject to change based on availability of supplies and resources.

We will begin accepting applications on May 1st using the following form : https://goo.gl/forms/vcqHElPfOt5j29E53

Registration will close on May 25th.

We will then hold two group interview sessions to determine which 30 teens will be accepted into the program. Projects for the Teen Maker Institute will include making your own digital watch, light painting, solar charger, hydraulic powered car, birdhouse, and more!

There is no residency restriction for this program.

This summer experience is sponsored by a grant from the Cognizant "Making the Future" initiative.

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Tinker Camp (for those entering grades K-5)

Registration for Tinker Camp opens on Monday, June 4th at 10am. To register for any Tinker Camp programs, please visit or call the Kennedy Library Childrens Department at 732-463-1633 x6. 

Tinker Camp is for those entering grades K-5. Only children in either K-2, or 3-5 can be registered, and children cannot register for programs outside their grade group. There are not exceptions to this.

Please note that children can only be registered for TWO Tinker Camp programs. There will be not waiting lists taken - however if spots for a closed program become available, we will offer the opportunity to any child to then register for open available spots on a first-come / first-served basis.

The following is the schedule for Tinker Camp 2018 :

Week Program Title Grade Level Date Time Location
1 Soap / Leak Proof Bag K-2 Wed, 6/27 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
1 Soap / Leak Proof Bag 3-5 Thur, 6/28 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
2 Terrariums / Kindness Rocks K-2 Thur, 7/5 10:30a-12p Kennedy Library
2 Terrariums / Kindness Rocks 3-5 Thurs, 7/5 1:30-3p Kennedy Library
3 Lava Lamps / Shaving Cream Clouds K-2 Wed, 7/11 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
3 Squishy Circuits 3-5 Thur, 7/12 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
4 Baking Soda Boats K-2 Wed, 7/18 10:30-12p Kennedy Library
4 Paddle Boats 3-5 Thur, 7/19 10:30a-12p Kennedy Library
5 Balance Robots / Gravity Painting K-2 Wed, 7/25 10:30a-12p Westergard Library
5 Solar Oven S'mores 3-5 Thur, 7/26 10:30-12p Westergard Library

Tinker Camp 2018 is generously funded with support from the Friends of the Piscataway Public Library

Maker Lab (for those entering grades 4-5)

Maker Lab is our open-ended immersive tinkering program where participants will work with long-time educator and Piscataway resident Dave Zirkle on electronics and robotics based projects collaberatively, learning about the Arduino platform and coding environment to prototype various types of projects. This immersive program will be offered in a two week session in the month of August. Each of the sessions will run from 10am-12:30pm from Tuesday-Friday. We will accept 13 participants for this program. The program dates are as follows : 

  •  August 7-10 and August 14-18

Registration for Maker Lab will open in July 2018.

There is no residency restriction for this program.

Note : To register and attend, your teen or tween must be able to attend all 8 sessions with a maximum of 2 excused absences. Teens participating in the Teen Maker Institute are not eligible to participate in this program.

Piscataway Library Recognized by NJ Legislature for Summer of MAKE


PISCATAWAY, NJ -- This summer the Piscataway Public Library was one of only 33 libraries in the United States and one of only 2 libraries in the state awarded with a grant from Cognizant under the “Making the Future” initiative. The grant, which aims at promoting learning opportunities that are both inspiring and fun, enabled children and teens the opportunity to receive STEM education over the summer free of charge at the library.

STEM - which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - has been receiving much needed attention due to a gap in STEM education and a large demand for STEM job opportunities in the future. Developing a qualified and competent 21st century workforce depends on cultivating and developing interest in these fields among our children and teens.

Piscataway Public Library ran a 8 week Maker Camp in both the Kennedy and Westergard branches for students going into grades 4-12, with separate tracks for 4th to 6th graders and 7th to 12th graders. Programs were held three times a week and ranged anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. Students learned about solar power energy, robotics, electronics, art, botany, genetics, music, sewing and more through various interactive projects that they were able to take home.

"Great projects to get kids interested and involved in the MiY movement. It's important to expose kids to technology and MiY projects at an early age. I am very impressed with the MiY room and all the equipment/projects available to everyone," said a parent of one of the MAKE students.

When asked about what he wanted the students to achieve most from the programs, Doug Baldwin, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Piscataway and Project Principal for the Summer of MAKE program said, “My hope was that the program would spark their interests in STEM related activities, ignite a passion for modifying the world around them, and to provide a fun yet enrichment filled environment for exploration, experimentation and learning.”

On Monday, August 25th Piscataway Public Library held a Mini Maker Exhibition to celebrate and showcase the many projects the children and teens made during the Summer of MAKE. The participants, their families, and the public were invited to learn about the the projects as well as make some of their own. Each attendee had the opportunity to enter to win a Summer of MAKE project to take home and build themselves.

The exhibition had over 100 attendees including Piscataway Township Mayor Brian C Wahler, Piscataway Township Councilman Jim Bullard, and State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, who presented the library with a joint legislative resolution naming Piscataway Public Library a “highly esteemed organization within the Middlesex County Community” and  congratulating the library on its “efforts in promoting interest and understanding in STEM disciplines that will contribute to a well-prepared future workforce, as well as encouraging generations of innovators and creative thinkers.”  

The grant support from the Cognizant Making the Future program allowed Piscataway Public Library to provide 22 programs to 124 students this summer. One parent appreciated the program's ability to be both fun and educational, commenting, "Kids enjoyed the programs they attended. It was a valuable experience to make things from scratch and bring scientific concepts to life."
For more information about the Piscataway Library Summer of MAKE and our ongoing maker programs, please visit http://piscatawaylibrary.org/MiY

MiY Events

Tinker Camp

06/27/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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06/28/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Makerspace Open

06/28/2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Tinker Camp

07/05/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Tinker Camp

07/05/2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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Makerspace Open

07/05/2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Tinker Camp

07/11/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Tinker Camp

07/12/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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Makerspace Open

07/12/2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Tinker Camp

07/18/2018 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

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MiY Focuses

MakerBot Replicator 2 


  • Creates models out of PLA filament, a renewable bioplastic
  • Drag and drop multiple models right onto the virtual build space, and then make them all at once
  • Build pieces up to 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in. (12.75 in. diagonal)
  • A 3D printer can be used to create everything from plastic prototypes to practical household objects
  • The library carries both a Makerbot Replicator 2, as well as a Printrbot Play

Suppliers :

3D Scanning and Design

3D Scanner

3D Scanning is an invaluable tool in creation, animation and design. The 3D scanner will work with Autodesk Inventor,  Blender, the open source 3D Design program, as well as the Makerbot 3D Printer.

Blender is free software that allows a person to do 3D design, animation and game creation. This will allow MiY users to design in 3D at home and in the library.  Autodesk Inventor is available on two library computers.

3D Scanner Supplier: NextEngine

Electronics and Microcontollers


Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.

The kits allow beginners to create and program electronic devices. 

“Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments." Source: Arduino Website, http://arduino.cc

"Within the next 5 to 10 years, the Arduino will be used in every school to teach electronics and physical computing — that’s my prediction. There’s no going back." 
Phillip Torrone, Make Magazine, 2/10/2011

Makey Makey Kits MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. It allows us to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.

Piscataway Library offers :

  • Arduino Education Kits
  • Makey Makey boards
  • Raspberry Pi boards
  • Pico Boards

Supplier: SparkFun Electronics

Music Recording and Production

With the rise of inexpensive music recording and production software, such as GarageBand (included with the iMac), the library is in the position to provide quality resources for local aspiring musicians. The library will provide the iMac and some basic tools needed for nearly-silent music production with an Audiobox USB and 4 channel headphones.

Supplier: Sweetwater

A digital vinyl cutter can MAKE:

  •     Decals/stickers
  •     Vinyl Signs/Lettering
  •     Designs for heat application on clothing
  •     2D designs and cutting copper tape for circuit traces

The Library carries two cutting machines

  • Graphtec Plotter / Cutter
  • Silhouette Cameo

Works with common design software such as Adobe Illustrator.

Vinyl Cutter and Supplies Supplier:


The library is providing basic resources for textile creations including two Serger sewing machines. The focus is on repurposing existing fabric products to include the promotion of reuse/reduce/recycle. We also provide fashion design software to further empower our library users. 

The sewing machines are being used for training and library programs. For example: the library has held events where teens collaborated to create new pieces using scraps or worn clothing.

Robot Kits

Robot building enhances skills:

  •     Science
  •     Technology
  •     Engineering
  •     Math
  •     Teamwork
  •     Leadership
  •     Problem Solving

Kits for robot building are more affordable than ever. The library has hosted robot building programs for teens.

Supplier: Vex Robotics

Button Maker

A low tech way to allow people to express themselves creatively. As an entry-level "making" for children and young adults, the button maker can reinvigorate existing programs as well as create new programs based on button creation.

Supplier of Button Maker and Supplies: American Button Machines

STEM for Children & Tweens


The MiY Makerspace is a place for all ages to learn, make and explore. We believe strongly in STEM literacy beginning at the earliest ages and are committed to providing tools and resources for "young makers" to being exposed to these fields, building an interest that can grow and last into their later years. These kits represent our commttment to ensuring our space is an all-ages fun and engaging place to be in the Library!

  • Little Bit Magnetic Circuit Kits
  • Snap Circuits Jr
  • Roominate DollHouse Building Kits
  • Knex
  • Ozobots
  • Lego Education Kit
  • Lego EV3 Mindstorms

STEM kit provider : Makershed


The MiY makerspace provides access to a variety of hand and power tools for designing and building all sorts of projects, and manipulating many types of materials. Tools accessable through our makerspace include

  • Soldering irons and solder (leaded and lead free)
  • Wood burning irons
  • Mallots / Hammers
  • Wire cutter and strippers
  • Jewerly wire pliers and cutters
  • Assorted screwdrivers
  • Tin snips / "nibblers"
  • Assorted pliers
  • Safety goggles
  • Power drill
  • Hand saw