Second Try It Fair in the works
By Jenn Watt
Published March 13, 2018
Organizers are working on a second rendition of the Try It Fair, an event that introduces people to ideas, tools, skills and technology they may not have encountered before.
“The Try It Fair has everything from 3D printing to body art to drumming to horseback riding to fly tying,” says Noelia Marziali, community of making animator at Haliburton County Public Library.
The fair highlights the activities of “making,” which encompasses high-tech gadgets like laser cutters or 3D printers, but also more traditional or hands-on pursuits such as knitting, pottery or gardening.
“What I love most about the maker movement is the way it celebrates learning by doing across an enormous spectrum,” Marziali says.
“Debating the virtues of low-tech or high-tech making is beside the point. At the heart of making is to choose for yourself how you wish to express an idea or produce a product.”
For those who are interested in sharing their skills as an exhibitor at the Try It Fair, the deadline to register is April 6. The event will be held simultaneously with the Volunteer and Wellness Fair. See www.haliburtonlibrary.ca for registration details. Exhibitors are not permitted to sell anything, but can use the opportunity to advertise their trade or business.
The fair will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 4 at the athletic complex at the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.
For those interested in learning new skills or enhancing the ones they have, the branch services librarian Erin Kernohan-Berning points out there are many books available to borrow.
“The usual suspects about circuits and programming are all there, but did you know that we have books about building your own tiny house or garden shed? We also have books about making things that we might buy every day, never thinking about how they came to be: how to make bacon, crackers, pickles and beer. From going off-grid to home décor, we have books to get your living space the way you want. We have books on making clothing. And heck, if you want to build a hovercraft, we have a book on that too.”