Cleveland Mini Maker Faire June 6

For everyone who can’t wait all the way until September to go the a local Mini Maker Faire in Akron, strap on your walking shoes and head on up to Cleveland CMMFfor the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire on June 6 at the Cleveland Public Library.

Last year, the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire had over 100 (!) Makers.  We can’t wait to join the fun.

You might still be able to get in as a Maker.  Fill out the Call for Makers on their website, and then email Emily Applebaum at Ingenuity Cleveland to let her know you’ve applied.

See you there!



Canadian Sets Hoverboard Record

Lots of you have probably heard about the Guinness World Record for a hoverboard flight, but we think its cool enough to share one more time.

CNET reports Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has designed and built a hoverboard which he flew for over 900 feet. You can catch the full report here.

We gotta ask: Catalin Alexandru Duru, do you want to be a Maker?


Really, truly, officially

The 2015 Akron Mini Maker Faire really will be Saturday, September 19. The hours truly will be noon to 4 pm.  It officially will happen at the Main Library in downtown Akron. Crowds will fill our Atrium and Lobby, cruise through our Garden Trio Corridor, wander through and be amazed by all the Maker exhibits filling our first floor.  It will, once again, be fun and inspiring for all.

And the part all Makers want to know about: the Call for Makers will be July 10-August 22.  Please remember to fill out the online form which we’ll post during those dates.  Even if you’ve been telling us all along how you can’t wait to show your stuff. Because, we’d hate for anything else to slip through the cracks.

If it’s on the internet, it’s gotta be right. And now it is.

Make on.


A Day at the Flea

The Cleveland Flea.

Last Saturday was a perfect day to stroll the Mothers’ Day Flea in the Tyler Village area of Cleveland (E 36 St and Superior Ave, just east of I-90).  We met lots of cool Makers, crafters, and upcyclers, including American Renaissance Architectural Salvage, Frost Glass, Gina DiSantis,  Kimberly Monaco, and Retread Akron.

We had some awesome eats at the Wholly Frijoles foodtruck.

Finally, we bought something! Farin Blackburn works calligraphic magic  to create these fun coasters – the perfect gift for a home-brewer OSU grad in our life. Next time, we’re bringing more money to get some Akron coasters for ourselves.



Spring is in the air

and a Makers fancy turns to thoughts of …

Car Restoration!

Take a look at what some Akron-area Makers have been up to. Then send us your photos.20150330_174840


Battlebots are Coming

robot1Robot-builders, listen up!  Our local makerspace, Synhak, is hosting a weekly robot build and compete workshop on Thursdays 7:00-10:00 pm.

Click here for to see the MeetUp announcement for this week’s meeting.robot2

Follow-On Innovation

The latest issue of the online publication, The Inventor’s Eye, has an article on the importance of the patent system for what is called “follow-on innovation.”

lasersUsing the development of the laser as an example, this article describes how the patent system provided the original inventors ( Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow, U.S. Patent 2,929,922)  with protection for their invention during the years the patent is in effect (currently 20 years) yet also allows for other inventors to improve upon that technology and even to freely incorporate the original technology into their inventions after the patent term is up.

This original invention, the Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, or maser, led to many other inventions including  “the first optical laser in 1958. In 1960, Theodore Maiman invented the ruby laser and Ali Javan the first gas laser. In 1962, Robert Hall invented the semiconductor injection laser, which is still used in many electronic appliances and communications systems. Gary Starkweather invented the laser printer in 1969. And in 1981, Samuel Blum, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, and James Wynne co-invented a process using a short pulse ultraviolet laser to etch tissue in minute increments and in a highly controlled fashion. Gholam Peyman improved upon their discovery in his invention of LASIK eye surgery, patented in 1989.”

Many laser technologies are no longer protected by the original patents, and we can all enjoy creating and playing with lasers.  We also all benefit from the original technology and from the follow on innovations made possible from the original invention.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is proud to promote the innovations which build on previous inventions.  We support Makers throughout our community and we support intellectual property rights of inventors.

To learn more about intellectual property protection, contact the Science & Technology division (330-643-9075 or and ask about upcoming programs.



Kent State Mini Maker Faire

Can’t wait for September and the Akron Mini Maker Faire? Want to visit a Mini Maker Faire next month?  Check out the one being presented by Kent State University — the Kent Mini Maker Faire .

Held on Friday, April 10, noon to  4 pm in the University Library.  If you have a project that’s ready to go, why not apply to be a Maker?  You can be a Maker at the KSU Faire and still answer the Akron Mini Maker Faire Call for Makers when it goes live this summer. Or just go to have some fun.  See you there!




See the 2014 Maker Faire Yearbook

Take a look at all the Maker Faires all throughout the world, which took place in 2014. 

It’s pretty fabulous to watch all the Faires go by.  The video runs in (mostly) chronological order. Tip —  Akron shows up at 10:59.

To view this as a pdf, click here, and scroll down for the link.  It took a long time to load.

Thank you to Makezine‘s Dale Dougherty for compiling this most excellent scrapbook. We can’t wait for the Akron Mini Maker Faire 2015.

Record cold = time to make something

The weather channel is predicting record low temperatures over the next 48 hours.  That means no snow shoeing for us! Instead, let’s stay inside and make something.

Need some ideas?  As librarians, we’re always happy to oblige.  Here are three new books to get you making something fun.

  1. motorcyclesBeginner’s Guide to Classic Motorcycle Restoration.  And by “Classic,” this UK-published book means from the 1970’s and 1980’s, mostly Hondas, Suzukis, and Yamahas.  The book describes what tools to have in your workshop (including the ever-popular British-ism, a “spanner”), how to choose your first motorcycle restoration project, and then gets down to business with chapters covering each component, from engines to fuel systems, to tyres (really, that’s how they mis-spell it over there!) to finishing touches suchs as badges and decals.
  2. electronics for artistsElectronics for Artists. Visual artists, get ready to expand your pallette with LEDs, servomotors, and motion sensors just for starters.  Author Simon Quellen Field shows and tells the artist how to add light, motion, and sound to artwork.  Want to make your art projects flash, glow, blink or speak?  Check it out.
  3. gardeningDesigning and Planting a Woodland Garden. Probably not a project to start any time soon, but a good book for daydreaming.  Keith Wiley includes garden plans, inspiration, and growth requirements for plants which will thrive in a shady location.