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Keene Public Library Hosts Summer Maker and Tinkering Programs for Young People

Kids are natural tinkerers and explorers, and the Keene Public Library will offer a summer of free summer activities especially for them.  In the style of the popular “maker movement,” programs will inspire kids to play around with typical maker “stuff” such as tools and constructions, get their hands dirty making projects, fix some things, break some things and have a blast doing it. Maker Camp takes place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. July 6 - August 10, 2017, and will introduce young learners aged 9 to 14 years of age to many creative processes and their real world applications.

The Duct Tape Network for children ages seven to 10 years of age is held on Wednesdays through August 16, at 2 p.m.  On Thursdays, July 6 – 27 at 11 a.m. children aged 7-14  will learn and basic embroidery stitches On Tuesdays July 11-25, at 2 p.m. children seven through 12-years-of-age will learn to make video games using physical blocks, a board, and the Bloxels app. Participants will create game layouts, pixel art, animations, backgrounds and game characters. On Tuesdays, August 8-15 at 2 p.m. Young people ages 9 through 14 will experiment with making robots from scratch using microprocessors, motors, sensors, and recycled pieces. Learning opportunities are offered on Saturdays as well. Saturday, July 8, 2017, is Robots in the Library Day and families are invited to bring their kids to the Keene Public Library to learn about the robots and introduce programming.

The Keene Public Library was selected to participate as an affiliate Maker Campsite by parent company Maker Media, which serves the growing community of makers who bring a do-it-yourself mindset to technology .information. These workshop opportunities are part of the library’s Summer of Making. The Keene Public Library is proud to be one of the 41 Maker Corps host sites. Maker Corp is a professional development program that combines online training with hands-on practice to create and provide maker education programming within youth-serving organizations. The Maker Corps program was created by the Maker Ed Initiative as a national commitment to connect makers to community-serving institutions and to expand the capabilities of local community educational institutions helping them to implement new maker-oriented activities. Summer of Making programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and Cognizant via the Maker Education Initiative

For more information about the library’s involvement with Maker Corps, please call Gail Zachariah at 603-352-0157.