The Library is proudly collaborating with River Forest Troop 65 Boy Scout Ethan Baehrend to bring you our first-ever Maker Fest!
Seventeen-year-old Ethan, Eagle Scout candidate, was the inspiration behind this event. “Each year, tens of thousands of [Boy Scouts] strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout Rank. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any institution’ (Navigating the Eagle Scout Project). Ethan is fulfilling his service project by collaborating with the Library on this Maker Fest for our community.
Over a year ago, Ethan had been searching for a local community space where he could start up a “maker space” as a way of introducing the community to technologies that they may not be aware of. Ethan’s passion for technology, in particular 3D printing, sparked the idea of having a “maker space” at the Library. Because the Library has limited space, the Library evolved the idea into a Maker Fest event instead, which we’re certain will be a wonderful experience for our community.