By Jenn Watt
Published March 13 2018
Organizersare working on a second rendition of the Try It Fair an event thatintroduces people to ideas tools skills and technology they may nothave encountered before.
“TheTry It Fair has everything from 3D printing to body art to drummingto horseback riding to fly tying” says Noelia Marziali communityof making animator at Haliburton County Public Library.
Thefair highlights the activities of “making” which encompasseshigh-tech gadgets like laser cutters or 3D printers but also moretraditional or hands-on pursuits such as knitting pottery orgardening.
“WhatI love most about the maker movement is the way it celebrateslearning by doing across an enormous spectrum” Marziali says.
“Debatingthe virtues of low-tech or high-tech making is beside the point. Atthe heart of making is to choose for yourself how you wish to expressan idea or produce a product.”
Forthose who are interested in sharing their skills as an exhibitor atthe Try It Fair the deadline to register is April 6. The event willbe held simultaneously with the Volunteer and Wellness Fair. Seewww.haliburtonlibrary.ca for registration details. Exhibitors are notpermitted to sell anything but can use the opportunity to advertisetheir trade or business.
Thefair will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 4 at the athletic complexat the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.
Forthose interested in learning new skills or enhancing the ones theyhave the branch services librarian Erin Kernohan-Berning points outthere are many books available to borrow.
“Theusual suspects about circuits and programming are all there but didyou know that we have books about building your own tiny house orgarden shed? We also have books about making things that we might buyevery day never thinking about how they came to be: how to makebacon crackers pickles and beer. From going off-grid to home décorwe have books to get your living space the way you want. We havebooks on making clothing. And heck if you want to build ahovercraft we have a book on that too.”