Tech “Maker Day” for Kids & Teens this Saturday

March 13th, 2014

SMALL Maker Day at the Library ELK Mar 2014 REVISED

For children and teens who are interested in invention, exploration and innovation, “Maker Spaces” are great places to get started! The Maker movement is all about the enthusiasm and curiosity for invention and innovation. Makers are ordinary people, young and old, who have made extraordinary things with everyday products, simple electronics, and ingenuity. Maker Spaces provide the tools and the know-how of experienced Makers to turn anyone into an inventor.

The Elkton Central Library will host an exploratory Maker Space for grades 3 and up, as well as curious adults and parents, on Saturday, March 15 from 10am-3pm. Workshops will have limited space, so please register to be sure that there will be supplies available for your tween or teen. To register, call 410-996-5600 ext.481 or click the links below.

Here are the specifics:

Maker Day at the Library – 10am-3pm
Make things fly, roll, wiggle and illuminate! Invent hovering, lighter-than-air creatures and test them in wind tubes! Build a huge marble run with wood, cardboard and foam! Create electrified creatures that wiggle or draw! Fabricate hypnotic spinning sculptures with LED’s!

It’s Alive! Wigglebots and Drawing Machines – 10:30am-12pm
Using household materials and electromechanical components, invent a friend that wiggles, walks or draws! Perfect for the aspiring inventor, engineer and kinetic artist. Seats are limited. Open to grades 3 and up. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hypnotica – 1:30pm-3pm
Prepare to be hypnotized – invent a spinning, illuminated handheld device that might control minds! Learn fundamental electronics skills, all projects go home! Seats are limited. Open to grades 3 and up. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This “Maker Day,” provided by “FutureMakers,” is made possible by a grant from Best Buy and the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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Teen Read Week

October 17th, 2013

TRW banner

Every year, the Young Adult division of the American Library Association promotes Teen Read Week. TRW is an opportunity to get teens reading for the fun of it! This year’s theme is encouraging teens to “Seek the Unknown @ your library.” We will have a scavenger hunt at each branch this week and one lucky teen who completes the hunt will win an iPad Mini. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about what the library has to offer teens and a chance to win great prizes. Call your local branch today. There’s still time to sign up!

Can’t make it to an event, but looking for a way to celebrate Teen Read Week? You can vote for the top teen books from last year! Book Hook, our teen book discussion group, was one of only sixteen in the nation chosen to serve as nominators for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten award. Teens’ Top Ten is the only book award completely chosen by teen readers. Now that the nominees have been chosen, all teens in the nation can vote on the top ten. We are excited to encourage teens in our area to help narrow down the twenty-eight nominated titles to the top ten of 2013! Take a look at the following nominees list. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you still have time to vote by clicking here. Winners will be announced on Oct. 22nd.

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