Attend a Maker Faire This Weekend

Embrace your inner maker during this weekend’s national Mini Maker Faire series at a Barnes & Noble store near you.

If you’ve never been to Maker Faire before, get ready to clear your schedule for Nov. 5 and 6. Billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” Maker Faire is a festival dedicated to celebrating invention, creativity and resourcefulness. The first faire launched in the Bay Area of California in 2006.

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Photo by: JEFF ZELEVANSKY

JEFF ZELEVANSKY

Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Today, there are faires of all shapes and sizes taking place around the world. This weekend in the United States the focus will be on Mini Maker Faire, a smaller version of the event hosted by partner Barnes & Noble.

Kathleen Campisano, Vice President of Toys and Games for Barnes & Noble, first attended Maker Faire Bay Area in 2015. Walking the busy fairgrounds she was immediately blown away by how Maker Faire, and the greater maker movement, matched the mission of Barnes & Noble.

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Photo by: JEFF ZELEVANSKY

JEFF ZELEVANSKY

Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

“It felt so synergistic,” Kathleen said. “Maker Faire is all about inviting the community to see what you have to share and that’s what we do in our stores.”

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Photo by: JEFF ZELEVANSKY

JEFF ZELEVANSKY

Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

The first Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire series launched in 2015. Back again for a second year, the weekend is organized into three themed areas at 640 stores nationwide to give guests an authentic experience of what the larger Maker Faires are all about:

  • Make Workspace - Demonstrations on a variety of topics ranging from virtual reality to coding and more.
  • Make and Collaborate - Try something new yourself. Local makers will be on hand to help you learn a new skill.
  • Meet the Makers - Community members are an important component of Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble, so they’ll be hosting workshops and lectures all weekend long. Across the country more than 2,500 will be attending the Mini Maker Faire to help inspire fellow DIY lovers.

For Sherry Huss, vice president of Make: and co-founder of Maker Faire, this weekend’s national Mini Maker Faire programming helps bring the inspirational event to a whole new audience.

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Photo by: JEFF ZELEVANSKY

JEFF ZELEVANSKY

Image courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

“We’re excited to bring making into the national spotlight through this program,” said Sherry. “Barnes & Noble is one of our most important partners and the largest reseller of Make: magazine. Now Barnes & Noble customers who know us through Make: will be introduced to the Maker Faire experience. With access to tools and resources, they can learn new skills, discover their personal making passion, and be inspired by local makers in their local communities.”

Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire is all about inspiring guests to channel their inner maker, but Kathleen also sees it as a way to help people become technology literate in the 21st century, something makers of all ages must be prepared to be.

“It’s so exciting to offer something like this that you believe will really change people’s lives,” she said. “I’m so grateful.”

Each Barnes & Noble store will offer unique experiences drawing on the local community of makers in their area. To see what’s happening at your local Barnes & Noble, take a look at their website to find this weekend’s schedule of events. To keep track of what’s going on all across the country this weekend with Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire, follow #BNMake2016.

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