Spring break programs will be available at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Spring break programs will be available at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Spring break crafting at the Summerland Library

Activities offered beginning March 19

Spring break is right around the corner and you may be thinking to yourself, didn’t the kids just have a break at Christmas? Do they really need more time off?

If you aren’t a student yourself or have kids in school, it may seem unnecessary to take a break in the spring. However, taking a spring break isn’t only extremely important for students – it’s important for everyone.

Breaks from the daily grind are vital for maintaining good health, both mentally and physically.

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Now I’m sure you could argue that anyone would feel better if they were laying out in the sun in Mexico during spring break, but the wonderful thing is that research has proven that a week or two at home is just as beneficial as a week or two out of town. All you need to do is just take an actual break.

A great way to spend time during a well-deserved hiatus is at the Summerland Library.

I may be a bit biased, but it’s my favourite place in town. The library has novels (obviously), non-fiction books on pretty much any subject under the sun (crochet dog jackets anyone?) audiobooks, cookbooks, magazines, movies, birding backpacks, microscopes, music CDs and so much more with our online resources. It’s a one-stop shop to keep you entertained.

Something special that is happening at the library during spring break this year is our Take & Make craft kits. The first one is The Chia Pet Challenge for school-aged children.

You can register online then pick up your package at the front desk of the library once spring break has started until it ends (March 19 to April 2 while supplies last.)

In the kit, you will find all the craft supplies necessary to make a do-it-yourself chia pet along with instructions. Once the chia pet is completed and decorated, the challenge is to see how long its hair can grow before the end of spring break.

The library has created another Take & Make craft kit for teens called Knot Your Average Take & Make. In the kit, you’ll receive everything you need to create a hanging macrame plant holder along with step by step instructions. As an extra gift to go along with the kit, you will even receive a starter plant to put in your finished project. This kit will also be available while supplies last starting March 19. Register on our website for this fun kit.

No matter how you choose to spend your spring, try to take a lesson from the students and give yourself permission to take a break. It’s always worth it.

Kayley Robb is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

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