Li­brary event Oct. 20 cel­e­brates maker cul­ture

The Expositor (Brantford) - - WEEKEND -

Any­one in­ter­ested in craft­ing, robotics or ex­per­i­ment­ing with what is known as Maker tech­nol­ogy needs to at­tend Maker Fest.

This free event, hosted at the down­town main branch of the Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will fea­ture demon­stra­tions and in­for­ma­tion booths from seven or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the li­brary, par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions are New Life Robotics, BotFeeder, the in­no­va­tive Six Na­tions Polytech­nic STEAM Academy, Brant­ford Col­le­giate In­sti­tute and the Whitby and Grimsby pub­lic li­braries.

This is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to ex­plore what is known as maker cul­ture — a broad term used to de­scribe a do-it-your­self move­ment in­volv­ing cre­at­ing things from tra­di­tional and new tech­nolo­gies. Maker ini­tia­tives of­ten com­bine an el­e­ment of art with tech­nol­ogy.

While com­mon ex­am­ples of maker ini­tia­tives in­clude cod­ing and 3D print­ing, hob­bies, such as scrap­book­ing or sewing, also can be in­cluded be­cause of how new tech­nol­ogy, like die cut­ters and Cri­cut ma­chines, can be in­cor­po­rated into the ac­tiv­ity.

Pub­lic li­braries across North Amer­ica have es­tab­lished them­selves as avid pro­mot­ers of maker cul­ture be­cause in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity are ex­ten­sions of the foun­da­tions peo­ple of all ages build through read­ing.

The li­brary’s main branch has a ded­i­cated Maker area where card­hold­ers can use a die-cut­ter, which can mass-pro­duce pre-made shapes on many dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, and a dig­i­tal me­dia lab with a green screen and au­dio­vi­sual equip­ment. The li­brary also lends sewing ma­chines, Rasp­berry Pi and Ar­duino mini-com­put­ers, Ozobot ro­bots and sim­ple cir­cuit kits.

The li­brary also of­fers 3D print­ing to card­hold­ers. With 3D print­ing, cus­tomers can ei­ther print pre-loaded 15-minute de­signs, de­signs they have cre­ated that take less than an hour or more in­tri­cate de­signs that take up to eight hours to print.

This eight-hour op­tion is new to card­hold­ers. It is open to any­one aged 13 or older who has taken a 30-minute 3D print­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course of­fered by the li­brary.

While the 15-minute and one­hour jobs are free, cus­tomers who print jobs that last longer than one hour will be charged a flat fee of $1 plus 10 cents per 100 grams of fil­a­ment used dur­ing the print­ing process.

Li­brary staff will be on hand dur­ing Maker Fest to an­swer ques­tions.

At­ten­dees can ex­pect to walk away from the event with ideas on how they can get started in the Maker move­ment.

At Your Li­brary is a weekly col­umn pro­vided by the staff of the Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary. Readers re­quir­ing more in­for­ma­tion can call the li­brary at 519-756-2220 or visit www.brant­ford.li­brary.on.ca.

BRIAN THOMP­SON/EXPOSITOR FILE PHOTO

A Mak­erS­pace area on the main floor of the Brant­ford Pub­lic Li­brary's main branch was cre­ated to meet in­creased de­mand and in­ter­est for 3D print­ing, green screen photo and video record­ing, sound and graphic de­sign work.

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