Items tagged with Maker

Family Maker Sunday: LittleBits

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Try out LittleBits, a magnetic, color-coded circuitry kit for all ages. They snap together with magnets; no soldering, wiring or programming needed. Create inventions and simple machines with these easy to use electronic building blocks. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Margaret Pastel (mpastel [at] westportlibrary [dot] org).

The Great Hall
Family, Maker Movement
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Family Maker Sunday: Art Explosion—Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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Drop in for our first day of making a large-scale mosaic of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Each participant will select a portion of the artwork and draw it on a larger scale. We will put them all together to create a 4'x6' mosaic. The project will be available throughout the month for people to work on.

Also, express your impression of the artwork on our new magnetic poetry board.
 

The Great Hall
Family, Maker Movement
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Maker Faire Westport 2017

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Maker Faire Westport is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. It is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. 

Events to see include a Virtual Reality Safari, Amazon Alexa Demo Bar, Nerdy Derby, Human Foosball, 3D printers, artists, musicians, K-12 and college student activities, robots, crafts and more. In addition to the typical makers, be sure to see the 9.5 foot tall Hulkbuster that was a hit at New York Comic Con and a popular “escape room” created especially for the Maker Faire.

Look under the big tent for Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer and take a virtual tour of the new design for the Library. Also under the big tent, former Makers-in-Residences, sculptor Chris Crowe, astronomer Kevin Green, filmmaker Connor Einarsen, stop-motion animator Jhonny Parks and prop master Jonathan Russo will showcase their latest projects. 

Put your detective skills to the test with the hour-long ESCAPE ROOM, designed by the Westport Library’s MakerSpace coaches. Running three times over the course of the day, this Nikola Tesla-themed Escape Room is a must-visit attraction. Sign up for a session when you arrive at the Faire.

And be sure to drop by our MakerSpace, where we will be showing off our latest projects, 3D printing, and new tech, including our CNC router.

Food trucks will be available and plenty of family-friendly events. Free admission, parking and shuttle bus.

Parking Map. Produced by the Westport Library and Remarkable Steam, the event is free and open to the public. The Westport Mini Maker Faire is the first and largest Maker Faire in Connecticut, and the biggest single-day event in the state. Last year, 8,500 people attended this family-friendly faire; this year’s participation is expected to reach 10,000. Makers are all ages and range from technology enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. 

Throughout Library
All ages

POSTPONED: Maker Madness 2017: The Escape

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POSTPONED UNTIL JULY. CHECK BACK LATER FOR NEW DATE.

maker madness 

Join us for the third-annual Maker Madness event for ages 12 through adult!

Do you have what it takes to escape? Put your detective skills to the test and try your hand at three Escape Rooms. 

This year's special event also features maker workshops and lots of hands-on building and creating. Escape the room and learn from dusk-to-dawn in this all night event. Program highlights include:

  • Beat the clock and save the future in our 3 escape rooms!
  • Construct a giant labyrinthian maze through the stacks!
  • Make a stop-motion movie masterpiece!
  • Experiment with new Virtual Reality and compete in our GIANT video game room!
  • Construct your own optical illusions!
  • Create mystifying magic accessories! 
  • Paint with light!
  • Learn how to be the funniest person in the world!
  • Take a walk on the paranormal side!

We’ll have more Maker activities than ever before and a SPECIAL GUEST in Ghost Hunters star Dustin Pari who will take us through an interactive presentation with tales about his paranormal experiences! 

For ages 12 through adult. Midnight pizza party and snacks included.

Volunteers needed; contact agiannini [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. Participation waiver will be required. Register online. Fee, $50 and includes midnight pizza and snacks. (Note: Special fee of $25 for MakerSpace coaches)

Saturday, April 1, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 2, 7 am pick up.

Throughout Library
Maker Movement, Teen
Maker

"Out with the Old" Take It Apart Workshop

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Bring in some of your old or broken electronics and let's see how they work. Join Maker in Residence Mike Altis to explore the insides of machines, learn about tools and possibly create your own machine!

Free, drop in, no registration required

Ages 8 through adult

Maker Movement
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

Electronics Surprise Worskshop

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Join December's Maker in Residence Mike Altis in discovering what's in the electronics box from Ada Fruit. 

The Adabox is filled with curated Adafruit products focused around a theme, and a unique collectible. Drop by and build something together!

Free, drop-in, no registration required

Ages 8 through adult 

Maker Movement
All ages
Maker
Maker Kids

WestportMAKES: Last-Minute Holiday Crafts

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The holidays are here, and time for shopping is quickly running out! Don't stress, though--we've got you covered!

Come and make an ornament/door decoration/table decoration with professional costumer C. Delari Johnston in this fun pop-up workshop right behind the Library's MakerSpace!

No registration required--just stop by! Free!

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred HeartUniversity and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She is currently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton."

 

 

 

 

 

Maker Movement, Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker
Grade9, Grade8, Grade10

WestportMAKES: Star Wars Craft Workshop

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Create Your Own Star Wars character hand puppet with professional costumer C. Delari Johnston in this fun pop-up workshop right behind the Library's MakerSpace!

No registration required--just stop by! Free!

C. Delari Johnston is a freelance theatrical costumer. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from design and construction for community theater at Stamford Theatre Works to regional theater work for Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred HeartUniversity and Ivoryton Playhouse in CT and Glimmerglass Opera in NY to Broadway. She is currently part of the small army of artisans working on the nationally acclaimed Broadway production, "Hamilton."

 

 

 

 

 

Maker Movement, Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker
Grade10, Grade8, Grade9

WestportMAKES: An Inconsistent Story in Stealing Film Premiere

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Join August WestportMAKES filmmakers, Connor and Carson Einarsen, at Westport Town Hall for the premeire of their feature-length film, An Inconsistent Story in Stealing. (2016, 1h 30m) After the screening, stay for a talkback with the cast and crew.

Tickets are FREE but LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER NOW to attend!

An Inconsistent Story in Stealing is a neo-noir film following a former thief who is sucked back into the town she despises, to hunt down something she stole long ago.

With this film, the cast and crew hopes to stand as an example to anyone interested in making movies that it doesn't take a million dollars to make a film - just a few dedicated individuals who love what they do. Their intent has been to bring together the community to create something new and exciting in a way they've never done before. This truly is a movie made in Westport, with Westporters, using everything Westport has to offer. 

Check out this teaser trailer for the film.

Westport Town Hall
Films
Maker, Movies

WestportMAKES: Make a Stop-Motion Movie with Jhonny Parks

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Create your own stop-action movie masterpiece with filmmaker Jhonny Parks in this 4-day stop-motion workshop right behind the Library's MakerSpace. Jhonny will show you sculpting, posing, and filming techniques and by the end of the workshop, you'll have a finished film. 

Space is limited, registration is required, and please be able to come to all 4 sessions. AGES 13 AND UP

REGISTER NOW!

Jhonny Parks is a stop-motion animator and filmmaker and he was the Danbury Library's Maker-in-Residence for the month of November.   

Maker Movement, Teen
High School, Grade 9, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maker
Grade10, Grade8, Grade9