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Another Great Akron Mini Maker Faire

Saturday was a great day to be at the 2015 Akron Mini Maker Faire.  We had 58 different Makers and over 1,300 Faire-goers for the 4 hours of our Mini Maker Faire.

If you were one of those 1,300 we would love your feedback.  Please take a moment to complete our brief survey so that we can come back next year even better. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AkronMMF2015AttendeeSurvey.


2015 Akron Mini Maker Faire Tomorrow

The excitement builds as preparations are completed for the 2015 Akron Mini Maker Faire.

Fifty-nine Makers will be on hand, filling Main Library from the Atrium level along High Street all the way to the sidewalk along Main Street.

Water jet cutters, soldering, papercrafts, Arduino, 3-d printing, and NASA spacesuits and moon rocks are some of the exhibits and activities for all ages.

Register with Event Brite and let us know you’ll be at Main Library in downtown Akron tomorrow from noon to 4 pm.

See you there.


Needle arts of all kinds featured in the Needle Arts Zone

TNNAWe’re excited when we get lots of Maker applications in one category, allowing us to showcase the variations in a particular technology.  2015 had an abundance of textile and needlecraft-oriented Makers, so we decided to create the Needle Arts Zone on the 1st floor.

Some of the Makers who will populate this area are:

  • TechStyle Lab,  from  Kent State University’s Fashion School to support learning/teaching, research and commercial investigation of digital design and production technologies in the fashion context;
  • Woven in Exile, the Bhutanese weavers returning from last year’s popular exhibit, featured in the Akron Beacon Journal;
  • Quilt artist Connie Bloom;
  • a Learn to Cross Stitch activity, taught by volunteers among the Library staff and local stitchers, with kits supplied by The National Needlearts Association;
  • Stan Hywet Needlework Guild

    Stan Hywet Needlework Guild

    Local needle work guilds from Stan Hywet,  Town and Country Embroidery  Guild, Western Reserve Sample Time Guild

  • A yarn spinning demonstration, an opportunity to make your own felt, and the Mutton Hill Quilt Show.

Don’t miss this years Akron Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 19 from noon to 4 at Main Library in downtown Akron.  Sign up with EventBrite.

Another thing to do downtown this Saturday

The Akron Mini Maker Faire seems to be enough of a draw for an ordinary Saturday, but we found a couple other things and told you about them (Crafty Mart at the Thirsty Dog is just down the street from Main Library …)

But, wait, there’s more: Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts, the Akron Public School’s arts-focused middle school, is holding its Sidewalk Chalk Contest on Saturday, September 19, at Cascade Plaza 11-3.  Follow the link to their Facebook page for all the details.

Of course, with all the fun stuff going on this Saturday, we know you will come to the Akron Mini Maker Faire from noon to 4.  Sign up with EventBrite so we can plan for you to be here.

Like this article in Crains Cleveland Business says, the Akron Mini Maker Faire is your free opportunity to “Create, Learn, Discover, and Play.”


2015 Makers

Here they are, the Makers for the 2015 Akron Mini Maker Faire:

Acme Fresh Market Egg Drop

Akron Area Soap Box Derby

Akron Astronomy Club

Akron Global Polymer Academy

Akronist.com/Akron Digital Media Center

Bill Roddy Juggling Entertainment

Canton Hacker and Maker Space (CHAMP)

Cellist Matt Reese

Civil Air Patrol

Columbus Ohio Rap Rep User Group (CORMUG)

Connie Bloom Quilting Arts Studio

Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Group

Dungeon Studios Prototyping

Daniel and Joseph Anand

DX Engineering

Felt making with Judie Hershey

FRC Team 2399

Friends and Company

IPMS Fame Cities/Ed Kinney Chapter

Making Family Memeories with Librarians from the Special Collections Division

Mogadore Branch Library Lego Builders

Mutton Hill Quilt Show


NIHF STEM High School Robotics

Norio Kids

Overlord Media Group

Portage County Amateur Radio Service

Rubber City Prints

Rubber City Shakespeare

Stan Hywet Needlework Guild, Town and Country Embroidery Guild, and the Western Reserve Sampler Guild

Stofiel Aerospace

Summit County Historical Society

Summit County Master Gardeners

Summit Cycling Center


TechStyle Lab

Tour the Library’s newest additions to our Technology Center

Trepanning Trio

University of Akron Robotics Team

University of Akron’s Smith Lab

Vintage handtools with Jon Hershey

WARD Jet Inc.

WKYC Weather

Woodbee Woodcarvers

Woven in Exile

What else is going on downtown on September 19?

If the Akron Mini Maker Faire, with its 50+ Makers is not enough of a downtown draw for you, how about combining your day with these activities:

  1. Crafty Mart at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company – Akron’s longest running indie craft mart is teaming up with Akron’s craft brewery to provide shopping and and excellent beverage. We’re pretty sure you can go there and attend the Akron Mini Maker Faire in one day.
  2. SpaceWalk, sponsored by Launch League, wants you to meet at the OSC Tech Lab at 4 pm dressed as you favorite space character for a walking tour of Akron’s startup spaces followed by a  6 pm reception at the PNC Building.
  3. The Akron Children’s Museum invites you to a grown up playdate beginning at 7:30 at St. Thomas Hall in Copley; strictly speaking, that’s not downtown, but the museum is scoping locations in the downtown area for their as-yet unbuilt museum, so we think this qualifies.
  4. And, finally, the Friends of Main Library invite you to the grand opening celebration of their relocated book shop, The Library Shop at Main.  Formerly on the 1st floor along Main Street, the new, more centrally located, place is on the second floor and easily accessible from the Market-High parking deck.  They’ll have the same great bargains on gently used books and convenient hours. And, on September 19 and 20, they’ll have all sorts of activities to celebrate their new space.

So, visit Eventbrite to let us know your coming downtown for the Akron Mini Maker Faire next Saturday, September 19, and make a day of it.

See you there!


Makers in Love

HersheysThe Akron-Summit County Public Library counts many Makers among our staff.  Two outstanding Makers are husband and wife Jon and Judie Hershey. Interested in Making and creating since they were children, they met 32 years ago at the old Fine Arts reference desk.  Now, three kids and decades later, Jon is the manager of the Mobile Services division, running the bookmobiles, van service and Library Express Delivery Service which selects and delivers library materials to the homebound via the US Postal Service.  Judie  has had a long career at ASCPL, working in the old Fine Arts and Information Divisions as well as Audiovisual Services.  She now is a librarian in Culture and A/V.

Judie Hershey knittingJudie started knitting (her gateway craft) at about age 11, and has moved on to other fiber arts (spinning, felting, weaving, and sewing among others), as well as paper crafting. She will be teaching Akron Mini Maker Faire goers how to make felt.  You can find her in the Fiber Arts Zone on the 1st floor of Main Library that day.

IMG_1369Jon has been interested in building things since grade school. In addition to refurbishing and collecting tools, he enjoys carving and other wood crafts. He  will show how to fix-up old but still useful tools so they can be put back to work. Faire-goers will also be able to try out a selection of vintage tools.

Don’t miss Judie, Jon, and all the other great Makers at the Akron Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 19 from noon to 4 pm at Main Library in downtown Akron.  Visit EventBrite to get signed up.

Maker Faire Meets Avant-Garde Music

Trepanning Trio (Photo by Thomas Matthews)

Meet one of our makers! One of the performing Makers at this years Akron Mini Maker Faire will be the Trepanning Trio. They are not really a trio but a collective of about a dozen musicians that play a combination of alt-classical, postminimal, avant-garde combined with the hummability of folk music. They play on both traditional and found and/or home-made instruments. They will be performing throughout the day and have a table on the Atrium level of Main Library where you will be able to talk to them about their music and the instruments they use.

Be sure to visit them and all our Makers at this years Akron Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 19th from Noon-4:00pm at Main Library.

Photo Courtesy of Thomas Matthews

Make Your Egg Go Splat

APL_3452Thirty five feet is a long way to drop an egg. Do you have the engineering skills needed to protect that egg from the long drop down? That is what we want our Makers to figure out at the Science & Technology Acme Fresh Market Egg Drop. This is the second year for Acme Fresh Market‘s sponsorship of this fun event.

Using a 6 x 6 x 6 cardboard box provided by the library, each participant must incorporate the right critical thinking and problem solving ideas to fortify the inside of the container to protect your uncooked egg. Packing material will be provided, but no tape or glue allowed.

Target - Egg Drop (2)Once your box is packed, you get to drop it over the ledge to the target below-thirty five feet below. Your package will be examined by you and a library staff member to see if your egg is still in one piece. All participants will receive a commemorative button.

Good luck and may the best egg win!

Acme Fresh Market Logo Transparent Master ( 1-9-13)