Calling all makers, artisans, and creatives galore! Join us for this year's Jax Makes on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library. Shop local vendors, participate in hands-on making activities, and learn the tools necessary to turn your own hobby into a business. We’ll have a variety of makers present at this event, including woodworkers, fiber artists, soap and candle makers, jewelers, and artists of every persuasion!
If you’re a maker looking to turn your passion into a monetized side-hustle, we have the workshop for you! Business and web design guru Elizabeth Pampalone will lead a class on developing a business plan. This class is fit for beginners who are itching to set up shop! The wordsmiths in the crowd will love award-winning local author Nikesha Williams’ class on Writing Your Passion.
Zythophiles—a.k.a. lovers of beer—are sure to enjoy the Home Brewing Workshop, brought to the Jacksonville Public Library by Just Brew It. This introductory course will cover ingredients and equipment needed to brew beer at home. “This would be a good presentation for beginners or someone who has not brewed in a long time,” says Ken Stevens of Just Brew It. “Attendees will gain a basic understanding of the brewing process.”
Homeowners interested in turning their humble abodes into works of art can enjoy a Do-It-Yourself demo with Eco Relics, an architectural salvage company dedicated to repurposing materials for homes in Jacksonville. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make bead board frames. “We’ll be using various pieces of reclaimed bead board to create frames for pieces of vintage decorative ceiling tin,” says Tracy Rigdon. This project can also be used to frame album covers, art work, photographs, and more!
We’ll also feature a class on DJing with local DJ GeeXella. Aspiring disc jockeys will learn to scratch and more. GeeXella, a DJ and musician with a social justice focus, will field questions from curious participants.
Jax Makes will feature a slew of fun activities for the little ones, including a DJ demonstration. DJ Hiztory will teach three basic scratches to kids of all ages. We’ll also have tons of craft demonstrations, including pumpkin painting with 3-D printed pumpkins and pens, clothespin airplanes, zine-making, Coding Unplugged, nebula jars, cross stitching, and more! Teen participants can get creative at our Creation Station.
Alongside our Jax Makes programming, Hemming Park—located right outside the Laura Street entrance of the Main Library—will host a Fall Festival, fit with family activities and food trucks. With so much going on in Downtown Jacksonville, Oct. 13 is a great day to visit the library!
Jax Makes Schedule
Lounge at 303 North
One-Page Business Plan presented by Elizabeth Pampalone, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Learn how to create a one-page business plan, whether to start a new business, start a new product line in your existing business, or flesh out an idea on paper before you invest.
Writing Your Passion presented by Nikesha Williams, noon – 1 p.m. Turn the stories you want to read into books for the masses. Emmy Award winning producer Nikesha Elise Williams will discuss how she turned a story she couldn’t get out of her head into an award-winning novel, including the steps she took to publish her manuscript, the mistakes she’s made, the lessons she’s learned, and how you can do the same.
Starting Your Own Business presented by the Small Business Center, 1:15 – 2 p.m. Learn the basic requirements for a business startup, including selecting an idea, acquiring capital, and understanding the legal requirements.
Intro to Homebrewing presented by Just Brew It, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Learn the supplies, ingredients and equipment needed to successfully make beer at home.
DJ Geexella presented by Geexella, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dive into the basics of DJing. Learn the process of creating a playlist and how to use Virtual DJ and get first-hand tips on working at gigs.
How to Make Bead Board Frames presented by Eco Relics, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. In this demonstration, you'll learn how to make bead board frames using various pieces of reclaimed bead board to create frames for pieces of vintage decorative ceiling tin.
Courtyard (second floor)
Children’s Activities from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
DJ Hiztory presented by DJ Hiztory, 1:30 – 2 p.m. Learn the three basic DJ scratches.
Jax Makes Vendors
Art: Kristin Bartie, Lindsay Bowyer, Masha Cameron, Paula Cruz, Vivianne Davis, Kaitlin Edwards, Kate Hicks, Paul Kellam, Alisha Lewis, Kate McManus, Jackie Mirmina, Francisco Rosado, Kathleen Vought
Authors: Regina Edwards, Kerie-Ann Lawrence, Frizella Taylor, Nikesha Williams
Body Care: Shannon Alexander, Vanessa Alvarado, Gina Chambers, Katrina Curtis, Samantha Pinkston, Jacqueline Szalay, Diamond Wallace
Clothing and Accessories: Denisha Adams, Shirley Falcon, LeShay Taylor, Angela Tompkins
Fiber Arts: Kate Alicea, Kimi Chronis, Melissa Garcia, Candace Mitchell-Smith, Ahyanna Nakia, Stacy Schrader
Food: Lauren Bonomo, LaToya Cousins, Tamara Edmonds, Laila Guzman, Ludmilla Mendoza, Dabrina Moore, Stephanie Peluyera
Glass: Melanie Brinson, Avery Jackson
Home Goods: Kimberly Dove, Nancy Jacobson, Fabrice Lignabou, Exialeny Richards, Susan Smale
Jewelry: Meera Banerjea, Jessica Galindo, Safa Mahjoub, Srinu Miryala, Nicole Ortiz, Tammy Overstreet, Omny Poole, Emily Ryan, Meredith Rowe, Sherry Shine, Alyssa Slusher, Ronda Stevens
Papercrafts: Ann Eastwick, Clara Elliott, Rachel Fieschko, Kelly Johnson
Pets: Lea Mullis
Photography: Mark Krancer, Lisa Mannino-Rowell
Sewing: Larae Parker
Wood: Donald Penny
Yarn: Donna Amiraian, Patricia Casper, Mary Beth McCall, Danielle Mosley
If you’ve never visited our Jax Makerspace before, Jax Makes is the perfect day to do so! The Jax Makerspace is a place for making all kinds of things—movies, music, art, apps, robots, radios, novels, needlepoint, and more! The Makerspace is located on the first floor of the Main Library.
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Jax Makes at the Main Library! All Jacksonville Public Library programs are free and open to the public. Downtown street parking is available for free every weekend!