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Makers Carnival & Mini Golf



THE CARNIVAL IS POSTPONED as of 3/12/2020:


In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we've made the difficult decision to postpone the Makers Carnival & Mini Golf event that was to be held next Friday, March 20th.
 
This was a tough call to make. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation with growing concern and have taken steps to mitigate the risks to our staff and customers here in the library. But we cannot in good conscience host an event that is expected to draw 700 people inside a 3-hour window and in a confined space. 
 
The event will happen--we just can't say when right now. We want to thank our sympathetic sponsors who themselves are grappling with tough decisions too.

At a Glance

Who: Open to all. Families with young children will especially enjoy the event.

What: 

Arcade Games - Try your luck at fun carnival games!  Ring Toss, Duck Pond Pick, Tabletop Curling, Stilt Race, Bean Bag Toss, Bottle Pyramid & more!

Mini-Golf - Tee up at our 9-hole mini golf course, perfect for all ages.

Maker Activities - Hands-on STEAM fun!  Maker Activities support innovation, invention and learning through exploration, tinkering and creation.  Our activities will feature STEAM skill-building gadgets that encourage exploration in electronics, engineering, robotics, construction, creating and repurposing. NJ Maker's Day is a state-wide initiative taking place March 20-21 and we're proud to take part for the first time! 

When: Friday, March 20th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Come anytime, stay as little or as long as you like!

Where: In the Roxbury Public Library (all over) of course.

How Much: FREE ADMISSION for all, thanks to this year's generous sponsors. 

Why: Proceeds will benefit our new “Library of Things.” Who says libraries should only loan books?  Roxbury Library is expanding its collection to include STEAM/Robotics kits, WiFi hotspots, tech, tools, & other helpful items.

2020 Sponsors

We can't thank our sponsors enough. They are the reason we are able to put together such an extragavanza. Because of their generosity, for the first time in 2020 we are able to eliminate ticket prices entirely. That means all families, no matter their financial disposition, can enjoy the event.

Businesses/Organizations that wish to sponsor, please click here.

Individuals that wish to sponsor, please click here.


Spotlight Sponsor : $2,500


Premier Sponsors: $1,000

Diamond Sponsors: $500

Platinum Sponsors: $250

Library of Things


The Makers Carnival & Mini Golf (formerly just Mini Golf in the Library) will fund a dream project that is otherwise unattainable with our operating budget or through the Friends' regular income streams. 

In 2019, Mini Golf in the Library funded new collaboration tables, computer tables, chairs, and play furniture for the children's room. 

In 2018, the inaugural event funded new A/V equipment used for classes and lectures: TV and cart, projector, motorized screen, and installation labor. 


2020's dream project is the most ambitious yet! 


Who says the library should only lend books and movies? What if you could borrow a check engine code reader so you can find out what's wrong with your car before you go to the mechanic? What if you could borrow a mobile projector for that big presentation? What if you could sample a ukulele before paying for lessons? 


Borrowing such things from the library may seem strange, but if you think about it it's really just an extension of what the public library already does. Libraries are the ultimate democratizing institutions. You don't each need to purchase thousands of books and expensive databases--the publicly funded library does so on behalf of all its community members and all its community members get to share in the bounty. There's no reason why the bounty can't extend beyond the traditional...that is, things we read, listen to, and watch, 


Here is a sample of items we hope to stock in our future library of things which will be available for borrowing!

  • Mini Projector
  • Tripod, Smartphone Adaptor & Shutter
  • Chromebooks
  • Oculus Quest & Carrying case
  • GoPro camera
  • Electrical test kit
  • Hiking Kit
  • Metal detector
  • Sowing machine
  • Ukelele
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Turntable
  • Telescope
  • Microscope
  • Fondue Set
  • Wireless Hotspots
  • Yoga Kit
  • Snap Circuits
  • Makey Makey
  • Bluetooth speaker (waterproof)
  • Cassette tape player
  • Video cassette player
  • Geiger counter
  • Karaoke Machine
  • Luggage Scale
  • Selfie Stick
  • Skateboard
  • Portable PA system
  • Mahjong set
  • Chess set
  • Checkers set
  • Disco Ball
  • Ozobot Kit
  • LittleBits Kit
  • Kill-a-Watt
  • Coleman Stove

and the sky's the limit!!!!


RSVP NOW - Free admission!