Santa Clara County Library District to host Mini Maker Faire for Hobby Enthusiasts

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2019

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Gilroy Library to host event, the first of its kind for South County

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Get ready for the greatest show (and tell) on Earth as the Maker Faire comes to South County. The Gilroy Library will host the Gilroy Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, July 13 from 11 am - 3 pm. From artists and crafters, to scientists and engineers, Maker Faires are a venue for “Makers” to present their hobbies, experiments and projects in a family friendly setting. Unlike the large-scale regional events, Mini Maker Faires are more community oriented. More than 20 Makers have already signed up to showcase their crafts.

“We have wonderful groups of people ready to share their DIY and STEAM talents,” said County Librarian Nancy Howe. “We hope they’ll inspire others to explore new avenues of creativity.”

Some of the makers attending include FabMo, who will bring upcycled materials and show people how to make wearable art, bookmarks and more. Cupertinker Newark Space Group will highlight their inMoove Humanoid robot comedy show (built by a teenager), and interactive trees and hill climbing robots. The Walt Disney Family Museum will come out to do an art activity, then turn that art into short movies using their multiplane cameras.

“Events like these bring together people of all backgrounds with one thing in common: a passion for ingenuity,” said County Supervisor and Library Joint Powers Authority Board Chairman Mike Wasserman. “After seeing these exciting maker creations, others will be inspired to bring their own ideas to life. What better place to start than by exploring the library for help!”

Gilroy Library is also providing demonstrations of tools and resources that are part of the Gilroy Library Makerspace programming, including 3D printers, Dremel Laser Cutters and Silhouette Cameo.

Visitors can also make their own creations through a number of activities for people of all ages, including squishy circuits for kids to soldering and woodburning for adults. There will also be two food trucks on hand, so families can make an afternoon of the event.

Gilroy Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc. Despite the announcement the end of Make: magazine and that the organization responsible for running Maker Faire will soon be closing down, the Gilroy Mini Maker Faire will not be affected. People can get updates about the Mini Maker Faire at

About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last eleven years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2018, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

SCCLD includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2018, SCCLD had nearly 370,000 library account holders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.85 million items.

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