The Towson Library is the place to be on Saturday, May 17, according to librarian Rich Sigwald, who is spearheading the library's 40th anniversary celebration.
The celebration set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature free refreshments, a repeating 10-minute slide show focused on the history of the branch, and family fun that includes LEGOS at 11 a.m. and cartoon artist Paul Merklein, drawing big dynamic faces at 2 p.m.
At the same time, the library's downstairs meeting room will feature a Makers Fair dubbed, "Innovate@Your Library" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Local maker groups will have tables exhibiting their wares, including 3D printing, handmade rockets, radio-controlled airplanes and more. One of the presenters will demonstrate how to turn a cellphone photo into a 3D image.
The event is presented in conjunction with FutureMakers (a mobile Makerspace that brings programs, tools, and equipment to libraries and schools). Maker groups aim to encourage creativity and innovation through do-it-yourself projects.
"We hope to connect customers with the Baltimore maker community to foster a love of tinkering, creating and making," said librarian Elizabeth Storms.
The celebration is a dual thing," Sigwald said, "Upstairs programs for kids and families and downstairs the Maker Fair celebrating science, crafts, engineering, and technology — and a glimpse of libraries of the future, which will become meeting places for people to share ideas and inspiration.
"It's going to be a very busy day, and definitely a fun day. I'm looking forward to it," Sigwald said. "Whenever there are happy kids in the library, we're happy."