The PTRC at the Detroit Public Library is housed in the Business, Science & Technology Department, Main Library, with four librarians. This year has been active. We hosted a program by the Midwest Regional USPTO Office, ‘All About STEM’, in March 2017. It was a great success, and will be repeated again on April 14, 2018. This program offered a great deal of activities for K-12 and adults. There was a career panel, IP Basics class, a ‘Tinkering Tots, mini-maker space, an ‘Ask-the-Experts’ panel, plus exhibitors of many types. It will be even bigger this year.
We continue to work with inventors’ groups locally and around the state. It is gratifying to refer our customers to a group, or to have an inventors’ group member learn about our services and visit us at the library. In September we had an information table at the Michigan Inventors Expo. It was our fifth year of attendance.