Stillwater Public Library introduces ´Take It/Make It' kits at Aug. 20 ´Culture Club'

emily states and travoye wallace(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 3, 2015) The Stillwater Public Library will hold an event for people of all ages on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., where attendees will get to try out the library’s new “Take It/Make It” invention kits.  The event is part of the monthly “Culture Club” series which is held the third Thursday of the month at local museums and cultural attractions.

“The library has started to focus on supporting creation and creativity by our community members,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “With these kits, we want to help inspire the next generation of creators.”

(Photo: Librarian Emily States shows student Travoye Wallace the littleBits synthesizer kit, one of several electronics exploration kits that will soon be available at Stillwater Public Library)

The kits were acquired through a competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the library’s proposal was one of just 21 in 75 proposals to win. Librarians used the $2900 award to purchase components for a wide variety of STEM related projects kits, including projects for Arduino, Bicycle Repair, Squishy Circuits, MaKey MaKey, Raspberry Pi/Raspberry Pi Camera, Finch Robot, Lego Mindstorm Robot and Little Bits Synth Music Kit.

Each kit is packaged in a carry out container and provides all of the parts and instructions for making several basic projects, as well as a book related to the project components. Individuals may soon check out one kit at a time for 15 days. Homeschool groups, schools and organizations like Boy Scouts may contact the Help Desk about reserving multiple kits for groups.

The Aug. 20 “Culture Club” event will give individuals and families an opportunity to build some of the easier to make projects and to explore the projects that can be made with the more complex kits.

The event is free and best suited for adults, teens, and children in fourth grade and up, but younger children are welcome to attend with an older family member.

The “Culture Club” is sponsored by “Adventures in Stillwater,” a collaboration of several cultural institutions in Stillwater, including OSU Museum of Art, Multi Arts Center, Oklahoma WONDERtorium, Stillwater Public Library, Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, The Botanic Garden at OSU, OSU Insect Adventures, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Pleasant Valley School and the Washington Irving Trail Museum.

The next “Culture Club” event is for area teachers and their families. It will be held at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium on Sept. 17. For more information, contact the museum at (405)-533-3333.

On Oct. 15, from 5-7 p.m., the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater will hold a public event for its new exhibit, “A Story Unfolding: The 30th Anniversary Celebration of Two Sister Cities,” featuring the history of the relationship between Stillwater and Kameoka. For more information, call (405)-377-0359.

For more information about library programs and services, visit http://library.stillwater.org or contact the Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).