COLUMN: Craft explosion at the library

Here at the library, we strive to create an environment where you can foster your creativity

When it comes to the library, there are a few things we have in abundance; fiction novels, cookbooks and craft books.

There are multiple shelves dedicated to craft books that range from the very specific, such as making handmade dolls or creating intricate mosaics out of glass beads to more broad books like crafts for specific seasons or crafts to do outdoors.

Making crafts is one of my favourite past times, starting back when I was a kid.

When I reached middle school age, I would join my mom in monthly card making meetings.

Now as an adult I still make cards along with other paper crafts, but I have upped my craft game by crocheting amigurumi figures, blankets and hats, putting iron-on vinyl on shirts and dish towels and making essential oil infused jewelry out of lava stone beads.

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When I am being creative, I am at my peak happiness.

Here at the library, we strive to create an environment where you can foster your creativity.

On Family Day weekend, Saturday Feb. 15 from 2 until 4 p.m., we are hosting the Craft Explosion.

We will be supplying a bunch of craft supplies and letting you go wild with imagination as you create your craft masterpieces. Everyone is welcome to drop into this free event to celebrate Family Day.

If you are facing a creative block, fear not! We will have some craft examples already made to use as inspiration in your own design.

We will also be pulling out some of the hundreds of craft books that we have in our catalogue that you can flip through.

One of my favourite craft books for children is Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 projects to create your own magical worlds, by Debbie Chapman. It’s a great collection of simple crafts that use everyday household objects and leave little to be cleaned up afterwards.

A great craft book for adults is Creative Folk Art and Beyond, which includes inspiring tips, projects and ideas for creating cheerful folk art inspired by the Scandinavian concept of hygge (a sense of coziness and contentment).

Some of the projects include hand-painted wrapping paper, custom wooden tangrams and hand-carved stamps.

Whatever it is you need to exercise your creativity; you are sure to find it at the library.

Kayley Robb is an Assistant Community Librarian at the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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