Beginning Today, Youth Can Learn by Doing at The Library’s Maker Camp
2015-07-07 · By Editor
Novice makers are invited to build, tinker and explore at the Main Library for six weeks beginning July 7, 2015. Every Tuesday and Wednesday campers can drop by The Studio between 1:00 and 5:00 pm to make a variety of fun projects and go on epic virtual field trips.
“Our Library’s Maker Camp provides a fun, exciting way to learn by doing,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “This blending of technology and creativity shifts the focus of knowledge from theory to practice and sets the stage for more active learning.”
Weekly themes for Maker Camp are Fantasy, Funkytown, Farmstead, Flight, Fun & Games and Far-Out Future. Projects include making cigar box guitars, squishy circuits and stop motion animation shorts. Each week we’ll tackle a new project and share our triumphs with the Maker community at large. Maker Camp is sponsored by Google+ and Maker Media.
“As a center for lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity, the Long Beach Public Library is the ideal host for Maker Camp and we are thrilled to have been selected as an Affiliate,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services.
Maker Camp is free to attend and no registration is required. Activities will include electronics, robotics and 3-D printing as well as traditional arts and crafts. Recommended camper age is 10-14 but all campers are welcome. Camp counselors will provide guidance to inspire and assist campers to successfully complete amazing projects.
Located on the lower level of the Main Library, The Studio serves as a community workspace where people can meet, socialize, innovate and collaborate using technology and resources. Stay updated on Maker Camp activities on the library’s website, www.lbpl.org.
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Main Library, eleven other unique Neighborhood Libraries and a vibrant online presence. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for lifelong-learning, the Library offers books, media, downloads, databases, internet access, Family Learning Centers and a variety of events ranging from story times to cultural programs.