Spring Craft Drop In

Tomorrow night, we’re having our Spring Craft Drop In! It starts at 6pm and is for all ages. We’ll be making some fun spring-inspired crafts, and there may even be a special I Spy that evening.

Parents should plan to stay with children as they might finish in 5 minutes, or want to stay the whole hour. Limited supervision will be provided.

Get Crafty!

We have a monthly Adult Craft Club at the library, and wow….they make some fantastic art!

This month, the group got together and learned how to make stained glass art using special markers and paint. The end results were fantastic! Sometimes it’s hard for adults to let go and be creative—-we’ve been instilled with a fear of making things that aren’t ‘perfect’, but Caroline is great at getting the group to just create.

The Adult Craft Club meets the 4th Monday of every month (except for this month because of a schedule change), and it is a good idea to call ahead and register. Caroline needs to know how many supplies to have on hand for everyone. So, if you want to give it a try next month, give us a call at the library at 257-2702 ASAP.  Next month is going to be a hoot!

 

Christmas Drop In

Our Teen Advisory Group has been busy planning a super fun Christmas Drop In. Join us on Saturday, December 15 from 10am – noon for Christmas crafts, and I Spy, treats…and a few surprises!

We’ll also have a Christmas storytime at 10:30am and 11:30am, so make sure to be here for one of those sessions.  This is “Santa’s Library” at its best, and is suitable for all ages. No registration is required….come for a few minutes, or stay the whole time. The elves are looking forward to it!

Are we feeling spring yet???

If you haven’t signed up yet for this month’s adult Make and Take DIY, you should! We’re making seed bombs!

The idea is simple…soil+seeds in an earth-friendly “wrapper”. Join us on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30pm to get your hands dirty! What do you do with the seed bombs? Once the weather gets a little warmer…you throw them! Yes, that’s right….you throw away the seed bombs, and wait to see what grows!

It’s a lot of fun, environmentally friendly, and it’ll be a an interesting way to pass the evening. Meet some new people, or bring a friend….but don’t forget to call and register first. We want to have enough supplies for everyone! 257-2702.

Side Hustles

I do a lot of crafts here at the library. A lot. But they’re for work…even though they don’t always feel like work. The strange thing is, I don’t do a lot of crafts in my downtime, possibly because I get my fill at work.

Recently, however, I had the urge to do something at home, just for fun. Fun! There was absolutely no reason to do it, no theme, no “end” project…I just picked up my glue gun, got out the paper and crafted. Now, the little shadow box is sitting on a shelf in my work room. It makes me happy to look at it, not because it’s perfect or inspired or “worth” anything, but because I wanted to do it.

When I came across a post by Ann Friedman called “Not Every Hobby is a Side Hustle”, it really resonated with me. These days, we are almost conditioned to find something that we do outside our work lives that might be “worth” something other than just good feelings. She talks about making deviled eggs–the best, most creative deviled eggs ever–and only because it makes her happy. What a concept!

Making money from a project also takes the joy out of just creating in the first place. The moment you commit to selling something, it must become the best thing you can create. That puts pressure on us to be perfect, and with that goes the joy.

So stop and ask yourself, when was the last time you created something simply because you want to make it? And how did it make you feel? I had such a great day making my shadow box forest, and the time went by so quickly I couldn’t believe it. While I might not do it again for a while, the good feelings will stay with me for some time. You should try it!

(And hey, we have a monthly adult craft club. Why not join us to create just for fun! Give us a call to register….257-2702. We’re meeting on Monday!)