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Archive for the ‘Getting crafty’ Category

Teen Craft Club: Sophisticated Shrinky Dinks

Posted by Kristi on April 30, 2011

Remember Shrinky Dinks, those sheets of plastic pictures you could color in, cut out, and shrink in the oven? Well, at this month’s Teen Craft Club, we’re taking that old kiddie favorite and updating it to create beautiful works of art that you can wear or use as a magnet or keychain. We’ve got all the supplies you need, so come to the library on Monday, May 2 from 4 to 5:30 and get creative!


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Make your own magnetic poetry

Posted by Kristi on March 2, 2011


Why bother spending money on a store-bought kit? Come join us at Teen Craft Club for some creative, poetic fun as we construct our very own sets of magnetic poetry – perfect for the fridge, your school locker, and tons of other metallic surfaces.  We’re meeting this coming Monday, February 7 from 4 to 5:30 in the Community Room.  I’ve got lots of magnet tape, plus old magazines that you can cut up to create whatever words or images you desire.  See you there!


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Manga Anime Club art day!

Posted by Kristi on October 15, 2010

This coming Tuesday, October 19, from 4:30 to 6:00, we’re trying something new at MAC.  Come prepared with your favorite art supplies, or use the paper, colored pencils, markers, etc. that will be provided, and get ready to draw manga-style!   You can choose to create your own take on one of the submissions for club mascot, or go off in a completely new direction.  Afterwards, we’ll display copies of your artwork here at the library.

Of course, we’ll still serve snacks and  show anime as usual, so if you’re less artistically inclined, don’t hesitate to come and hang out.  We’ll be watching another episode of Ouran High School Host Club and Oh My Goddess!  Hope to see everyone there on Tuesday!

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New monthly event – Teen Craft Club

Posted by Kristi on September 17, 2010

Starting in October, the library will be hosting a monthly craft day for teens on the first Monday of each month.  I’m really excited about our first craft project, Thai string dolls.  I hadn’t heard of these things until I saw the 4YA page, but apparently they’re becoming a global smash hit, especially in Asia.  I’m definitely sold on the idea – they’re so cute, and all we’ll need is some embroidery floss, felt, and beads and other little odds and ends.  So come join us on Monday, October 4 from 4 to 5:30 to make your own adorable little keychain doll.  And if you’ve got any great ideas for a craft we should do, please let me know!

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Truckers take to knitting and quilting

Posted by Kristi on April 5, 2010

According to this Wall Street Journal article, long-haul truckers who find themselves with time on their hands waiting for their next load are taking up knitting and quilting and other crafts in increasing numbers.  Some have even outfitted their rigs with sewing machines!  I love the idea of these tough old truckers, mostly men, learning to create through traditional handicrafts usually associated with women.  Knitting, crocheting, sewing, and all other kinds of crafts can be a great way to pass the time and end up with something awesome that you made entirely on your own.

Want to learn to get crafty like a trucker?  We’ve got lots of great books here at the library for you to check out – just visit the Crafts and How-To booklist right here on the teen blog for a introduction to a few of the best resources.

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