CAMP VERDE - Paul Lewis has been building model cars since he was 8 years old.
"I want to say it was a '57 Corvette," says the Cottonwood resident of his first model car. "They're much better now. New and improved."
Lewis, founding member of the Ernest A. Love Chapter of the International Plastic Model Society, has agreed to participate in a new event associated with the Town's annual Fort Verde Days.
The Camp Verde Community Library (CVCL) has teamed up with Camp Verde Library Endowment and Camp Verde Promotions to host a Creator Faire, a part of this year's Fort Verde Days, scheduled for October 11-13.
"Jeannette Teets came up with the idea of doing a library fundraiser at Fort Verde Days on the odd years, [with] the quilt show being scheduled for even years," says Camp Verde Community Library Director Kathy Hellman. "She thought about a book fair. Gerry [Laurito, library specialist] and I were investigating maker spaces in libraries and found out about Maker Faires being held across the country. The concept of a Creator Faire seemed to fit better with Fort Verde Days and offers more potential to community members than a book fair."
Creator Faire was inspired by Maker Faire, an organization that promotes living examples of the creative process in action hosting events around the world.
Lewis says that he and at least one other member of the Prescott chapter of the IPMS will be present at Creator Faire, conducting a "make and take session" for people to learn how to make models.
"We'll be giving people a simple kit, no glue, no paint," Lewis says. "You just snap the model together and add stickers. We will show people how to put the kit together."
According to Lewis, this is not the first 'make and take session' conducted by the IPMS.
"This is our way of getting people involved with modeling. It's aimed at getting kids interested, but anybody can try. I want people to learn that they can do things with their hands. When you set your mind to it, you can create something."
At this time, the library has assembled a stable of interactive exhibitions, including beer brewers, crafters, quilters and high-tech performers. Imagine watching a 3-D printer build an object, layer by layer, from the renderings of nothing more than a CAD-like software design. This state-of-the-art machine will be one of the attractions at Creator Faire.
Hellman says that the Creator Faire "targets people in the community who have traditional skills, knowledge, and/or innovative or creative ideas that have not had a forum for expression or development. By drawing out and bringing these people together, the Faire creates the potential for the collaboration of ideas and efforts that would otherwise not exist."
"This experience puts [the library] in a position of leadership in bringing traditionalists and innovators together to create opportunities for growth in the community, while respecting each other's values," Hellman says.
The library's long-range goal "is to include a creator space in the new library where collaboration and innovation will continue to develop."
For more information, or to participate in the first Creator Faire, contact the Camp Verde Community Library at (928) 554-8380 or email Kathy.Hellman@campverde.az.gov.