Crafty Adults and Teens Find Creative Community in Summer Gatherings

Our libraries offer a warm welcome and free crafting sessions for adults and teens!  Time to get together for some funky, original arts and crafts projects that will take you straight to your happy creative place.

Makers have a chance to unleash paints, markers, clay, and more in workshops across all library branches through June, July, and August.

BlackOut Poetry: no writing required

Word and design fans can experiment with BlackOut Poetry at Fletcher Library on Thursday, June 21 from 6pm to 7:30 pm. No writing is necessary: the words are all there on a single page from a book. Just pick and choose the words that make a neat thought, as in this pictured example. Then if you like, make a snazzy marker design to bring out your poetic discovery. To register, call 663-5457. Ages 12 and up.

Pure creative freedom lets makers find joy in the process

Assistant Manager Susie Sward, who is running these arts and crafts programs at Fletcher, sees many benefits. “I love helping adults and teens let go of perfectionism in art and embrace experimentation. Like Bob Ross used to say, “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” The most interesting art is often the result of a happy accident.”

Sward adds that there are sometimes even deeper payoffs.  “The most meaningful outcome for me was when a patron who had been unable to paint since suffering a stroke left my Credit Card Art program overjoyed because she had discovered a way to paint again.”

Come to Kindness Rocks, leave with a handmade gift

Also at Fletcher on July 19 at 6:00 pm, the library will be rockin’ with Kindness Rocks, a craft based on encouraging sentiments painted on rocks. Again, no artistic talent necessary (though it’s always welcome)! Just enjoy a Zen-like, fun painting session to make a pet rock you can give a friend. Register by calling 663-5457. Ages 12 and up.

Clay, sewing with machines, and more at all CALS branches through the summer

Other branches will have equally cool adult and teen craft projects like the Independence Day Door Hanger at Thompson Library on June 30 at 2:15pm. Call 821-3060 to register.

The Dee Brown Library will offer sessions for clay pinch pots (July 16, 18, 20) and intro to sewing with machines (Aug 27, 29, 31) from 11am to 1pm.  Crafters can work with the mysterious “plarn” (plastic yarn) on June 28, July 26, and August 30. Call 568-7494 to register.

To see a schedule and registration information for summer adult activities at all branches, check out pages 4-9 of the CALS Summer Programming Guide online or pick up a paper copy at any library.