Get a big idea at library

Published 6:19 pm Monday, January 9, 2017

What’s the big idea? Officials at the Suffolk Public Library hope you’ll be able to answer that question after the library hosts its Big Idea Fair on Jan. 28.

“We want people to achieve whatever their big idea is,” said Ardith Ohka, team services supervisor for the Suffolk Public Library.

The event is an offshoot of last year’s “Library Made” initiative, which encouraged people to come to the library to learn how to make things, such as crafts.


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“This is kind of taking it a step further,” said Angie Sumner, marketing coordinator for the library.

The Big Idea Fair will coordinate with events later in the year, and ideas at the fair will even generate more future events, Sumner said.

A variety of presenters and activities are scheduled for the day to help attendees grasp their own big ideas.

Kyle Fowlkes, an award-winning chef at the Embassy Suites in Hampton, will teach participants how to cook chicken and waffles and will offer samples. He’ll also talk about how he became a chef.

The Children’s Museum of Virginia will be on hand to show kids how spinning wheels, rolling balls and even vibrating tuning forks explain the energy behind motion.

A LEGO Robotics team will hold robot battles, and participants can use the robots to perform challenges.

The Suffolk Art League will hold two workshops, and the Tidewater Blacksmith’s Guild will have a living history demonstration to introduce the fascinating craft to attendees.

Local children’s book authors Scott McBride and Rodger Thompson, authors of the Connor the Courageous Cutter series, will discuss how to write and publish a children’s book.

“We tried to focus on local businesses and people who had their own big ideas and started them,” said Madelyn Kresinske, elementary age services supervisor for Suffolk Public Library.

Many more activities will be available, such as a community sculpture, duct tape keychain station, 3D printer demonstration, adult coloring table, essential oils demonstration and more.

A LEGO contest will also be available, with the building blocks provided and a LEGO gift card offered as a prize.

“It’s about science, building, creating, how do I make something,” Ohka said. “We want people to achieve whatever their big idea is.”

Whether it’s traveling the world on a budget, writing a children’s book, learning to cook or anything else, the library wants to be the place to start when folks are exploring their big ideas.

“There’s something for everybody,” said Melissa Kariger, early childhood services supervisor for the library. “We want everybody to come and have fun and explore.”

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. The snow date is Feb. 18.