Blending Technology and Creativity: Long Beach Public Library Hosts Maker Camp • Long Beach Post

Yesterday, the Long Beach Public Library began hosting a Google+ and Maker Media-sponsored camp for novice makers, inviting them to build, tinker and explore at the Main Library for six weeks, every Monday and Tuesday between 1:00PM and 5:00PM.

According to a release issued by the City of Long Beach on Tuesday, the free of charge Maker Camp will include weekly themes and create a variety of electronics, 3D imaging and craft projects while allowing students to go on virtual field trips.

“Our Library’s Maker Camp provides a fun, exciting way to learn by doing,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “This blending of technology and creativity shifts the focus of knowledge from theory to practice and sets the stage for more active learning.”

New projects will be tackled each week, according to the release, including making cigar box guitars, squishy circuits and stop motion animation shorts. Themes to be explored include Fantasy, Funkytown, Farmstead, Flight, Fun and Games and Far-Out Future. No registration is required.

“As a center for lifelong learning and intellectual curiosity, the Long Beach Public Library is the ideal host for Maker Camp and we are thrilled to have been selected as an Affiliate,” said Glenda Williams, director of Library Services in a statement.

The release states the ideal camper age as 10 to 14, but adds that all ages are welcome.

To learn more about Maker camp, visit the library’s website at

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