• A digital clock.
  • An android app.
  • A geodesic dome.
  • A new career.
  • An online retirement calculator.
  • LED bracelet and messenger bag.

What do these items have in common? They are all projects in the works at the Kenton County Public Library, Coder and Maker Club that meets twice a month at the Covington library. A mix of hobbyists, professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, new computer programmers, young adults, kids, and the curious, the club is a way to connect with other makers, learn new skills, and share what you are working on. Ann Schoenenberger, who helps organize the group, says, “I don’t think we ever get over the need to share and listen like we did in Kindergarten.” (She calls that part of the meeting “show and tell.”) “We are also very busy people with lots of competition for our time and focus. The club and the library can help keep you on track and provide motivation to get things done. Best of all, you have other people to encourage you and celebrate with. ”

If you are an artist, tinkerer, like making things (anything), curious about 3D printing, Raspberry Pi or Arduino, or want to learn how to make an app or website, new members are always welcome. Join the e-newsletter or search the library event page for “Maker.”

The club is inspired and supported by the many resources the library has for learning. Find your inspiration here: Art and CreativityProgramming and Code, & Making and Technology

The Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington recently awarded the Coder and Maker Club, B Visible Project a grant to increase pedestrian and bike safety. Read more about the grant or sign–up for the public workshops on how to add lights, LEDs and reflective tape to your clothes and accessories. Mark your calendars for May 23rd for Bike Month and a block party and parade featuring light-up designs. Details of the event will be updated here.

Meet a Maker

The next meeting is part of the Meet a Maker series and Oxford Kinetic Festival founders, Kate Currie and Rod Northcutt, will give an overview of the festival, how it came into being and what they are working on for year round projects. Learn more about the festival at: http://www.oxfordkineticsfestival.org/ and register for the event on Facebook or on the library events page.

Make More with the DigiCart


Maker Space programs are happening at all branches. Be sure to check out the DigitCart and schedule time to learn Adobe Creative Suite or convert your old VHS tapes to digital format. For the kids, try the Curious Coders on Monday, March 30th they will make a piano keyboard with a Makey Makey.


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