LISLE – The Lisle Library District is getting crafty to kick off National Library Week, hosting its first ever Maker’s Fair.
The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library, 777 Front St., will include presentations and demonstrations on topics such as quilting, pottery, cooking, chain mail jewelry, robotics and electric car conversion from a dozen local crafters.
District Director of Adult Services Tatiana Weinstein said the fair is about giving the presenters a platform to use their ideas to engage the community.
“What I see this as is a real learning opportunity,” she said.
National Library Week is April 13 to 19. This year’s theme, selected by the American Library Association, is Lives Change @ Your Library, which Weinstein said relates to the Lisle district’s mission to enrich, educate and empower readers.
The Maker’s Fair is an apt choice for the kickoff event, she said, because the library is currently hosting a popular adult craft program series.
A “maker,” Weinstein said, is someone who practices a skill-based, self-sufficient pursuit in the sciences or arts.
During the event, each maker will be paired with supplementary education materials about their area of expertise provided by the library.
ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center is among the participating organizations.
Located across the street from the library at 740 Front St., the nonprofit, which opened in September 2013, supports 55 resident artists, offers classes and workshops and facilitates service work.
Center representatives are looking forward to displaying their work and sharing information about courses. They also hope to conduct a hand-building demonstration.
“We like the synergy,” resident artist and Marketing Director Karen Musgrave said. “It’s important for us to be a part of Lisle.”
If you go
What: Lisle Library District Maker's Fair When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Lisle Library District, 777 Front St. Information: www.lislelibrary.org, 630-971-1675