Earl Adams has been volunteering at the library since 2014. He decided to become a library volunteer so he could assist with and share skills in the development of a makerspace that exposes people to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). “Part of my goal is to expose participants from the community to the joy of learning very interesting skills that might even help with employment or spark interest in a future career.”
Earl brings a wide range of experience to share as a volunteer. His career has always involved technology and helping people and organizations do their very best. “In the past, I worked in local industry but mostly in healthcare as a biomedical engineer, computer consulting company owner, and in hospital healthcare computer systems management,” recalls Earl. At the library he has not only taught people how to solder, 3D print, create jewelry, make leather craft, and much more, but has also served as a mentor to librarians learning and teaching STEAM skills.
“I have worked with hundreds of enthusiastic Maker Labs library participants from the community! Many of the activities we share are challenging.” It’s clear that Earl is passionate about sharing skills. With a grin he explained, “There is nothing better than seeing the smiles of the participants working on a project and saying, ‘That was really fun!’ or ‘Hey, look what I made!’ or ‘I can do that now!’”
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Application and return to the attention of our Volunteer Coordinator, De Burke, at 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, 46350, or drop it off at any library location. Have questions? Contact her at 219-362-6156 ext. 371.