On March 3, 2018, as part of the library's Maker Services, Penfield Library hosted an event called Maker Madness. The event was in celebration of International Women's Day, and was a collaboration between Penfield Library and the local Oswego chapter of Zonta Club International, an organization with the mission of empowering women worldwide.

A total of 21 interactive stations of makers were set up in the library, showcasing a variety of skills and activities; some examples included rock painting, electronic/Arduino music, blackout poetry, bullet journaling, perfume making, Snap Circuits, and plastic yarn. Makers were college students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members. The event also included a scavenger hunt focused on inspirational women in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math).

Maker Madness was a resounding success, with approximately 140 - 150 attendees from both the campus and local communities. Participants were given the opportunity to freely explore whichever stations interested them and to learn from the makers present. Verbal feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and many expressed a desire for the event to be repeated next year.

Maker Madness at Penfield Library

Sharona Ginsberg