The North Bergen Free Public Library was transformed into a hotbed of creativity on Saturday, March 10, 2018 for the 4th annual New Jersey Makers Day. Hundreds of kids and even a few grown-ups filled every nook and cranny of the uptown library for an afternoon filled with crafts and activities.
The library holds an all-ages Makers Club every Wednesday at 4 p.m. to introduce kids to different aspects of creativity. The goal is to encourage learning, ingenuity, and to spark the imaginations of local youngsters, perhaps leading to new hobbies and even eventual careers.
Makers Day is a statewide event that celebrates “making” in all its aspects. Among the activities filling both floors of the library on Makers Day were tables for sewing, henna, coloring, clay modeling, gift-wrapping, and face painting. The library’s 3D printer churned out a not-quite-life-sized model of the Empire State Building. Kids swarmed to the slime-making table, and crowded around the littleBits activity, where they used electronic building blocks to construct tiny inventions.
Two separate registration-only classes were conducted simultaneously by Zach Blackwood of Super Science for Kids, a New Jersey company dedicated to making learning science fun. Participants made instant snow, UV bead necklaces, and took home the components to build their own monoculars.
Library staff and volunteers were kept busy throughout the afternoon handing out free popcorn, offering instruction on the various activities, and, of course, replenishing the ever-popular buckets of slime.