If there was a place where in one day you could sample a multitude of hands-on activities, for all ages, wouldn’t you want to go? You can! Maker’s Day is being celebrated state wide on March 21, 2020 and the Piscataway Public Library is a proud participant. Both branches will offer a variety of maker stations, demonstrations and information sessions throughout the day. Come for one, come for many. Try your hand at making!
New Jersey Makers Day began in 2015 as a way to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents. The 2019 NJ Makers Day saw activities hosted at over 300 locations, attended by over 83,000 people. You can learn more about the organization and events for this year by visiting the NJ Makers Day website.
Some highlights of events happening at Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane:
Crazy Chemistry with Science Explorers (11am-11:40am)– join us as we create exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions, examine the effects of dry ice through the process of sublimation, observe color changes of acids and bases, produce a foam gnome, and show a suspension by making slippery slime! sponsored by the Friends of Piscataway Library.
Brain Treats, Wacky Illusions, and The Brainiest Beat – learn how the 3 senses relate to the brain and understand the basic parts of the brain and neuron with the Brain Bunch. Join us at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm for special activities! Demonstrations available all day.
Block Printing (10:30am-1pm)– use carved blocks to make your own art with Shanti Jain sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Arts & History.
Highlights of events happening at Westergard Library (20 Murray Ave):
Zentangle Art Workshop (1pm-2:15pm) – unlock your inner creativity and relax your mind using this unique drawing method with Mimi Topping (registration will open in March).
Make and Take Jewelry – create a stretchy cord bracelet at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm with Josephine Thomas, while supplies last! Stop by all day to learn about jewelry design, including the supplies and tools you need to get started.
Throughout the day there will also be String Painting, robotics exhibits, a demonstration of the history of fragrance, STEM challenges and electronic gaming. A schedule for the entire day can be found here. We hope that you can join us in some maker fun. Let us know if you participate!