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Why Hold Craft Programs at the Library?

28 Nov

By Ann Lattinville

In mid-November, 10 children came out to the Library on a windy stormy, day and made their way down to the program room.  There they found strips of construction paper about 1/4 inch wide, toothpicks, and white crafting glue.  With a little bit of instruction from two creative staff members, these children went home with beautifully crafted artwork. What was the skill they learned? Quilling.  Quilling is a centuries old art form where paper is curled and placed on edge to form filigree designs. The best part about our adapted version of this technique is that the children are likely to have the materials at home, or would have easy access to purchase them.

We undertook the program for less than $2.00 worth of glue and paper we had on hand.  One child asked if we could have a “Quilling Club” from here on out– that speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

So why hold a program like this at a library? In addition to being low-cost, these programs emphasize use of the library to explore new skills and knowledge in a hands-on manner. We provide context for each activity’s origins and history while we work on the projects. These programs also foster literacy skills, chiefly the ability to follow directions, express creativity, and expand a knowledge base. For younger patrons who may find reading daunting, knowing that there’s a place for them at  a library even if they don’t consider themselves “readers” is an important offering.

The success of this program led us to plan our December origami program, which will also feature a low-cost implementation by using recycled books. Children will learn about the origins of origami while working on a project to take home.