Join us for the 8th Annual Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire, family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, & resourcefulness! This year’s weeklong hybrid event, lasting October 18 – 23, will celebrate makers, library makerspaces, & folks with a passion to learn new skills through interactive workshops, grab & geaux crafts, an outdoor maker market, a showcase of robotics excellence, and a celebration of terrible robots fighting sumo style!

Check out the schedule of events, and register for each event by clicking its name, visiting the library events calendar, or calling (225) 231-3750 for further assistance.

Saturday, October 16 

Monday, October 18 

  • Electronics Take-Apart Workshop6:15 p.m. – Bluebonnet Regional Branch Take apart old electronics, explore their parts, & build new simple gadgets and machines with the harvested parts. (Ages 10+)

Tuesday, October 19 

  • Laser Workshop6 p.m. – River Center Branch Learn the basics of how to use the laser cutter/engraver, then customize & create your own laser cut & engraved keychain. Complete this training class to reserve the laser cutter/engraver for your next project. (Ages 10+)

Wednesday, October 20 

Thursday, October 21 

  • Cricut Workshop: Personalized Tote Bags6 p.m. – Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Learn how to use the Cricut Explore Air 2 & Cricut EasyPress 2 by making your own tote bags. Materials & hands on instruction will be provided; upon completion, patrons will earn a badge to reserve and use the Cricut products at any branch’s makerspace. (Ages 10+)

Saturday, October 23 

Sunday, October 24

Grab & Geaux Crafts – Oct. 18-23 

Want to take your kids, your kids’ friends, your kids’ friends’ families, and everyone else you know to the Maker Faire on October 6th, but worried about what you might feed them? We commend you for both your excellent taste in weekend activities, and your excellent forethought!

The following makers of delicious food will be present at the Maker Faire this very weekend:

  • Taco de Paco
  • Mr. Ronnie’s
  • SYI
  • Ty-Ty’s Italian Ice
  • City Gelato
  • 225 Sweets
  • Snow Day

There’s something for every taste, literally and figuratively! The Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire will happen rain or shine, so come join us just two short days from now for a day full of fun, learning, and delicious, delicious snacks!

There’s so much happening at the Maker Faire this year! Check out the presentation schedule below. You can also find it on our website.


10-10:45  Ken Taylor, Home Barista 101

11-12 Dr. Renee Horton, You 2 can STEM at home!

12 – 1 Miguel De Jesus, How to Make a Rocket, Cajun Style!

1:30- 2 Mr.B’s Creations, Felt Soap Making Demo

3:30-5  EBRPL, Virtual Reality Demo: Explore the ISS!


10:30-11  Lagniappe Dulcimer Society


10:30-11:30  DIY Cat Rocket Workshop

12:30-1:30  DIY Cat Rocket Workshop


11-12  Introduction to Soldering

12-1  Introduction to Soldering

1-2  Introduction to Soldering

2-3  Introduction to Soldering


11-11:30  Baton Rouge Fire Guild

3-3:30  Baton Rouge Fire Guild

Today’s Featured Maker is Morgan Udoh of Okoye Couture! An Indiana transplant to the Red Stick, Udoh works with natural materials and semi-precious stones to make incredibly beautiful sculpted and beaded jewelry.

Inspired by Wakanda, as seen in Black Panther, and afrofuturism, every piece of Okoye Couture art is hand-sculpted from clay, and individual glass beads are added after firing. At the Okoye Couture booth, you’ll be able to design your own bracelet on paper, and enter into a drawing to win a free original piece of wearable art! Join us on October 6th to catch a glimpse of these beautiful pieces.

We’re thrilled to feature one of our sponsors, 3D-Xstream! They’ve been with us since the beginning, and this year, they’re branching out into new heights of 3D-printed glory. In addition to a 3d-printing learning environment, 3D-Xstream is launching their new online learning database, 3D-Xstream University – and the first 50 visitors to their table will get a free subscription!

A great resource for educators and the generally curious alike, 3D-Xstream University has lesson plans on everything from the very basics of 3d-printing, to using TinkerCAD to make your own designs, to building and programming simple robots. There’s something for everything!

You’ll be able to see all of this greatness at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on October 6th – so don’t forget to get your free ticket scanned for entry into drawings for fantastic prizes!


Hey, teens and parents of teens! At the Maker Faire, humans ages 12ish-18ish can participate in a STEAM challenge. Three fantastic activities will let you explore various space and physics-y stunts!

At 11 AM, build a lunar lander out of straws, mini marshmallows, paper, and a love for the unknown! If your marshmallow astronauts stay in their open cabin, you’ll have successfully landed on the moon.

At 1 PM, launch paper rockets into the air with the power of only your own feet and some rapidly compressed air!

At 3 PM, work together to design a docking method that will get the astronauts safely from the shuttle to the space station.

Challenge winners get the thrill of victory, as well as 3d-printed prizes. Join us on October 6th (that’s next very weekend!) to take part! And don’t forget to get your free ticket scanned to enter into drawings for even more great prizes!

Enter Wonderland with Knock Knock Children’s Museum! While learning about tools and gadgets of all kinds, you and/or your child can make a simple machine, code a robot, film a movie, or make a costume, card, puppet, teacup and more. Make a chess piece from nuts and bolts! Make a house or something you can wear out of playing cards! There will be interactive projects on things like being on time or being late; things that get small and grow large; stop motion animation; robots; puppets; mirrors; and, of course, whimsy. Lewis Carroll would be thrilled!

Since 2013, Knock Knock has brought educational fun to children all over Baton Rouge. With 18 learning zones, educator nights for teachers, sensory sensitive days, and a small library, Knock Knock museum has something for everyone. Visit them at their home location at 1900 Dalrymple Drive, and join them in Wonderland at the Maker Faire, at the Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Boulevard, on October 6th!

Dr. K. Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In her day job she works for NASA MAF in New Orleans. Come learn about easy STEM activities you can do at home!

Dr. K. Renee Horton is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and works diligently in the community for STEM education and STEM outreach. Renee believes in changing the face of STEM. She is the founder of Unapologetically Being, Inc., a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math (2002) and a Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in Physics from the University of Alabama (2011), as the first African American to receive this degree.

Keep an eye on our website for the presentation schedule, and don’t miss Dr. K. Renee Horton at the Maker Faire on October 6th!

Students from the visual arts program at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet are excited to present their work to you, Baton Rouge! The SMAMS booth will be run by the students and will showcase some of the work they’ve done this year. You will also be able to learn how to make foam and linoleum prints on paper. Anything you make, you get to take home!

Join the students at the Maker Faire on October 6th, from 10 AM-5 PM. You can also stop by the Big Brown Bat Ceramics booth to meet their teacher!

MARS Truck

The MARS Truck, operated by LaSPACE at LSU, is a light commercial box truck containing computer controlled telescopes, a portable planetarium, science activity kits/demos, and other equipment and materials to provide astronomy and physics learning experiences to people of all ages.

LaSPACE (the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium) is a member of a nationwide organization that connects NASA to colleges, universities, and other space-related institutions to promote scientific research. The program focuses on workforce development and public outreach to encourage scientific research interests and increase the long-term capabilities of the partner organizations to contribute to NASA’s research and technology Mission Directorates.

The MARS Truck will bring scientific demonstrations and hands-on experiments to provide a learning experience for all ages. Stop by the MARS Truck at the Maker Faire on October 6th to learn something new about space!

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