Kingston Frontenac Public Library Launches “Make It Happen” Maker Series

Published on: 2024/06/26 - in News

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is inviting community members aged 14 and up to participate in the “Make It Happen” maker series this summer. The series aims to help attendees discover their inner maker through a variety of hands-on workshops.

Held in the Gather/Create Space at the Central Branch on select Tuesdays at 6 p.m., the series provides a platform for participants to acquire practical skills from local experts. Each session, covering topics from 3D printing to woodworking, is designed to equip attendees with new knowledge and abilities.

The workshop lineup for July and August includes:

  • July 9: Makers Making Change (MMC), a program of the Neil Squire Society, will lead a session where participants assemble affordable writing aids for Canadians with disabilities.
  • July 16: SparQ Studios will introduce participants to 3D printing technology, demonstrating how to use 3D software to create and print objects.
  • July 23: Professional photographer Garrett Elliott will offer tips and techniques for capturing memorable family and vacation photos using various types of cameras, including smartphones.
  • July 30: Local bike repair expert Graeme Healey will teach basic bicycle maintenance skills, providing practical knowledge for keeping bikes in top condition. Participants will receive take-home tools, though they should not bring their bikes to the workshop.
  • August 6: Outdoor educator and Repair It! volunteer Walt Sepic will demonstrate basic woodworking repair techniques, teaching participants how to fix simple issues with wooden furniture and items.
  • August 13: Kanyen’kehá educator and artist Liv Rondeau will share cultural insights and teach basic beading techniques.

Liz Coates, Manager of Programming and Outreach at KFPL, emphasized the program’s broader impact: “Make It Happen embodies our commitment to creating inclusive spaces where community members can learn from each other, build new skills and connect. Each session will give participants practical skills and foster a sense of empowerment and community spirit.”

Registration for each event opens three weeks prior to the program date and can be accessed at Space is limited to ensure personalized support, so interested individuals are encouraged to sign up early or join the waitlist if sessions reach capacity.

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