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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
The community can always count on the Dover Town Library for a fun-filled day of crafting. Their “Open Art for Kids” event was no exception. The library hosted an informal, drop-in crafting session for children of all ages to create their own masterpieces from an assortment of materials from the library’s craft closet.
For two and a half hours, it was as if the Children’s Library had been transformed into a craft store. As children ran into the library, eager to pick out new books and games, they were greeted with tables set up with bowls of beads, buckets of stickers, piles of pipe cleaners, and every color of paper imaginable. There was a bookmark making station, a jewelry making and bead art table, as well as a spot for children to make collages on adhesive papers.
Five-year-old Shira was immediately drawn to the bookmark station, where she decorated her own creation with stickers and markers before joining her three-year-old brother, Lior, at the bead table. The siblings were soon sporting their handmade accessories and the two worked on necklaces for their mom. As he carefully strung the beads onto the string, Lior named a few of his favorite colors. His sister, for her part, announced that her favorite was pink. The library had a massive array of beads to choose from, and the two were easily able to find their most loved colors in the bowls to add to their creations.
Meanwhile, five-year-old Dylan and his mom made a collage by sticking a variety of items onto a clear sheet of adhesive plastic. They also worked on projects with the beads, during which time Dylan also made his mom a necklace and the two made a backpack keychain.
The drop-in program provided a creative outlet for children to make projects to take home, while helping the library to use up some of the materials from their craft closet. The young artists were thrilled to have some time at their local library to make their own creations - and for a reminder of the never-ending fun at the Dover Town Library.