I Wet My Plants

The news over the weekend resulted in lots of Americans shaking their tailfeathers. ‚̧ Talk about Dancing in the Streets! The news was so exciting, some of us might have even wet our plants ūüėõ

As we turn the page of this epic election, we focus on the holiday season. That silly quote and image inspired me to “borrow” the idea and dissect it to teach in a program. ‘Tis the gift-making-season and lots of us can settle our nerves by transforming into Crafting Elves.

While I can’t give credit to the original maker of this adorable project, I can guide you to create one just like this. Give a shout if you want to play along. I’ll find a date to create and we’ll Zoom through the tutorial.

Creature Comforts

We Zoomed in October. Just a few weeks ago, we made Clay Birds with Wynn Yarrow for our monthly installment of Maker Monday. Using air-dry clay, round a ball of clay, then hollow it like making a pinch pot. Form a head and body, then create texture on the surface. I like to believe mine is a strong E.A.G.L.E….(oops!…Philly girl, here) or a Phoenix, similar to Fawkes in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you would like to experiment with this process, there are still packs of clay and instructions to pick up at the library. To create one of your own comfort creatures, just send me a message or comment and I’ll set aside a Take and Make kit just for you. Remember: the Southeast Steuben County Library offers Curbside Pickup for your convenience.

Register Today for Shining Stars

The next Maker Monday is on November 23 from 4:30 to 6pm. Click here to register. If you miss the event, but wish to join at a later time, I can help make that possible. This project will surely brighten the dark days of the Ember Months. These might deck your holiday decor with handmade flair. If you wanted to make a galaxy of these stars, you can schedule an appointment to use the Cricut precision cutter in the makerspace, Creation Station.

As we creep into the colder season and are still forced to isolate ourselves, our Maker Team is dedicated to keeping us crafty throughout the long, cold winter. Keep on the lookout for Page Kits, take and make craft kits for adults. They will be packed with care by our loving mascot, Page the Owl.

Tiny Trees for Take & Make kits

Tiny trees with LED lights are being 3D printed daily as we prepare for the season of giving. Expect to see some LED Christmas Card kits, too, recycling cards from Christmas Past. The spirit of the season has struck and we are following suit. I hope you can sense the excitement!

Exhibit of original art by Jennifer Fais

In case you visit the library, take a peek at the newest art installation of original art by Jennifer Fais. The hanging system was a generous donation from our new neighbors across Denison Parkway. First Heritage Federal Credit Union invested in downtown Corning and just opened their new Headquarters building across from City Hall. Shout out to the new kids on the block! They are big supporters of the local art community. The bank offers artists quarterly solo-exhibitions through a partnership with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. I highly recommend stepping through their doors to check out the art exhibit, Lost and Found by Megan Walsh.

Lost and Found, a solo exhibition by Megan Walsh

Since we are striving to get by, yet stay inclusive in this isolated, digital world, really cool options are popping up. Anyone can virtually visit this exhibition! Just click here to take a stroll through the gallery. Lots of credit goes to the Head Curator and Grants Gate Keeper at our unique arts council, Chris Walters. It’s fun to see how each creative person can reinvent or adopt the wheel, while some of us just wet our plants.

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

Makers Moving

Mark your calendars for Empire State Maker Faire this Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 2020! This FREE educational event is geared toward anyone interested in creating and making. Whether you define yourself as a maker or are still determining the definition, I can almost guarantee that you enjoy developing something new or altering things to make them better. Southeast Steuben County Library has partnered once again with Maker Faire Twin Tiers and all New York State Maker Faires to present this weekend of exciting techniques, technology, and tinkering to engage your excitement and entice your inner-artist or engineer. Check out the full schedule for all the deets.

Alternate Inflation Device

Twin Tiers Maker Faire partners, Corning Museum of Glass will present their Alternate Inflation Device used to create hand-blown glass. This technique was developed by the Team at the Studio at Corning Museum of Glass. Using pressurized air to inflate glass is an innovative way to approach this ancient art and allow glass to be created during this pandemic. Check out the demonstration on Friday at 2:15pm.

Monochromatic “Watercolor”

Local artist, Filomena Jack will present a Super Fun Monochromatic “Watercolor” technique. With her quirky style and positive messaging, Filomena is sure to delight her audience with whimsy. Tune in to the YouTube channel on Friday at 11:15am to check out this lesson. Watch any or all of the Empire State Maker Faire and let us know what was your favorite part.

Outdoor Yoga at Caton Park, October 17 at 11am

If you get an itch to hit the great outdoors this weekend, head over to Caton Park on the outskirts of the city of Corning for a vibrant Yoga session with Elizabeth Moses. This will be the last outdoor event planned for 2020! The start time has moved to 11am, so the sun will be out and ready to warm your limbs. *Check the weather and notifications before leaving your home. Three online sessions will be available on Facebook Live on October 31, November 14, and December 12.

Time is limited to register for Clay Birds with Wynn Yarrow. Sign-up by Wednesday to receive class materials in time for the start of the Zoom session at 4:30pm on Monday, October 19. The objects we create will be perfect for gift giving or cherishing for yourself. Check the library’s activity calendar for the next Maker Monday on November 23. We will create Shining Stars with Wynn Yarrow.

SUNY CCC Book Club Meeting Tues, 11/10 at 5:00pm

As we continue discussions of race and racial inequity, our fellow librarians at Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library of SUNY Corning Community College have developed a Book Club open to anyone who is interested, whether they are connected to the college or not.  Here are some more details about the next meeting.

The SUNY CCC Book Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 5:00pm.  Participants can join us on Zoom using the meeting link:  https://zoom.us/j/93549808634?pwd=QXE3WlFMR0FlUjJxVkQydU5UbktFUT09. You are also welcome to join by phone by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and using the pass-code 170566.

The book for November is The Color of Water by James McBride, a memoir by the author, musician, and playwright known for his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird.

There are copies of¬†The Color of Water¬†available at other¬†SUNY schools if you’d like to request the book for pickup at the CCC Library.¬† Alternatively, many of STLS libraries in Steuben and Chemung counties¬†have print,¬†ebook, or e-audiobook¬†copies available. Follow this StarCat link for details: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride. We are looking forward to our discussion in November!

Some Light Reading

Page Cache is still running! You have a few more weeks to source and redeem some of those red cache tokens in exchange for a small cone from Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream. Page the Owl has been busy flying across the region hiding these prizes in preestablished Geocaching locations. Some clues to get you out hunting start like this. Some light reading is necessary on the Northside. Peter Pan’s Girlfriend is locked in a highly unsuspected spot. Find me if You Can and Resting Near the River hold a similar theme. Down by the Creek and Sitting Watching the Trains (and World) Go By are very secluded gems, perfect for socially distanced excursions. Lost in the Wilderness is more urban than anticipated. The nearby Hobbit Holed eluded Page the Owl, but let us know if you find it!

Rather than give away all the secrets, I encourage you to get out and geocache. It’s a unique adventure to seek out Tupperware in random locations. Anyone who has observed Page the Owl’s meanderings knows first-hand how crazy it may seem, but the addiction to finding all the caches is real. Give a Hoot and Get Hooked!

Preparing Horse Chestnuts for Natural Dye

This week is jam packed with goodies to keep you and your family occupied. Check back next time for some adventures in preparing natural dyes for fabrics. From berries to weeds, the options are endless to creating environmentally safe fabric dyes with gentle hues. Time and cold weather are the limiting factors.

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

Empire State Maker Fair

October 16th & 17th. Call for Makers open now through September 20th.

When in-person events are nearly impossible, we go virtual! That is the route Maker Faire Twin Tiers will venture this year in consideration of the Covid-19 outbreak. Our friends at Maker Faire are leading the way to hlep us host a virtual event slated for October 16 and 17, 2020. This event will be all online, but there is a call for makers to apply NOW. The deadline for applications is September 20, so no time for procrastination!

Dan Schneiderman is the organizer of this virtual event, which combines all New York State Maker Faires into one event to rule them all. Twin Tiers will join Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Long Island, Fredonia, and World Maker Faire to give our audience an experience unlike any other. Let’s stroll down memory lane to entice folks from New York State inclined to the Maker Culture to apply to be part of this Epic Event.

Power Tool Drag Race

Maker Faire Twin Tiers is well known for the Power Tool Drag Race. Participants customize power tools to be able to race down a wooden track. Finding the best tool for the task can often be tough, but making the machine aerodynamic and able to steer a straight line is often impossible! Dewalt generously donated power tools as prizes to first and second place winners in 2019.

Creation Station Crew with the Makerbot Replicator

Our maker faire has traveled the region over several years. We began at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, New York, but soon grew too large for the venue. The faire then moved to the Arnot Mall for a few years, until we found the perfect setting for a learning event like this. The Corning Community College is one of our partners and sponsors their campus as the location for Maker Faire Twin Tiers.

What better place to grow the Maker Culture than at a college? The Southeast Steuben County Library makerspace, Creation Station, brings so many goodies to the event each year. Above, you see our amazing crew having too much fun at the mall telling our patrons all things Maker. Our 3D printer runs the entire event with raffles throughout the day. Each crew member finds their favorite activity to highlight, too. We love the makeup effects Painted Love by Jennifer Sekella offers.

Corning is well known for glassblowing, so it seemed obvious that we needed to cover that topic. Luckily in 2019, we had 2 options for viewing. On the left is Mobile Glassblowing Studios from Americus, Georgia. Their equipment is totally mobile, making it perfect for touring Maker Faires!

On the right is a wood-fire ceramic kiln built by Fred Herbst, who instructed ceramics at the college for 20 years. He invited glassblowers from the Corning Museum of Glass to show their skills at this unique furnace. The odd thing about our faire in 2019 was that it SNOWED! That’s right, our April 27, 2019 maker faire gave snow and gusts of wind that no one anticipated. Sometimes weather in the Finger Lakes can be unpredictable.

Our own Mascot!

The organizers of Maker Faire Twin Tiers always think of ways to make the event more enticing and memorable. If snow in April is not memorable enough, we ensured some quality enticement with Zack & Wheezy, the two-headed, fire and water breathing dragon! This beast was built by the Auto Body Welding class of 2019 and we can’t wait to get it back out to the public in 2021.

Apply to be a Maker today!

If you have a knack for creativity, tinkering, problem solving, building, engineering, or designing (the list does not stop there…), put your talents on display for us and help take over the Empire. Be sure to click this link to apply before September 20 to be considered for Empire State Maker Faire. Watch this video to learn more.

While Maker Faire is foremost in this post, I still have so many projects and fun stuff to share. I discovered the glory of harvesting plants for natural dye techniques and am excited to share the results. Last Friday was my first Field Trip to a local Micro Farm to see what’s happening in our neck of the woods. Hints are pending soon to get you all traipsing through the woods on a treasure hunt. I promise to share all the news, but none of the secrets. You have to be the hunter for those.

Nooshe Joon and Geocaching

I leave you with some snippets and hints to your view next week. Until then, get outside! Keep calm and Let nature ‚̧

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!