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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NJ Makers Day 2016 Site Registration is Now Open!


Written by Doug Baldwin

I am excited to announce that site registration is now open for NJ Makers Day 2016! To register to become an official NJ Makers Day site please use the following link:

NJ Makers Day Site Registration Form

For those not familiar, NJ Makers Day is a statewide community based event and festival whose mission is to celebrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as making and tinkering of all types - which can include the arts, crafts, and really any medium or platform for physical or digital creation.

More information about NJ Makers Day can also be found here : http://njmakersday.org

The backbone of NJ Makers Day is providing access to programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and more through physical sites within communities throughout our state. These sites can be libraries, schools, afterschool program providers, colleges, non-profits, businesses, museums or really any "place" that wants to provide a venue for one or more activities.

For those potential sites with closed communities (schools for instance) there is no requirement to have events open to the general public if that does not work for you. You may choose to have events or programs for your community only. Totally up to you!

Events or programs can be as extensive as a community maker faire, or as laid back as a STEM storytime or drop in Lego session, or anything in between! How you participate is really up to you!

This year NJ Makers Day will be a two-day event taking place on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th, 2016. Sites can choose to host events on one or both of the days. That is totally up to you!!

The NJ Makers Day Committee, in conjunction with our sponsors including LibraryLinkNJ (our primary sponsor) provides a support system for participating sites that includes free professional development opportunities, networking and idea sharing opportunities, marketing and promotional materials, as well as other sponsored support.

We do highly encourage interested sites to register by the early site registration deadline of Monday, Nov 16th to reserve you libraries place in receiving supportive materials for which there may be limited supplies.

Last year we had more than 150 sites across our state participated within their local communities with total attendance of more than 15,000 across our state. I know we expand this event, and have a significant impact in our communities. Please join us today!

For questions and inquires, please feel free to email Doug Baldwin (dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org) or Maureen Donohue (mdonohue@piscatawaylibrary.org).