Library event Oct. 20 celebrates maker culture
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.
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.