Feeling crafty? The library has books full of ideas

  • Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 12:01 a.m.

As the summer draws to a close and the cooler fall temperatures drive the thermometer lower, the time is right to ponder a new craft adventure.

When was the last time you made a gift for an autumn anniversary or the upcoming holidays? A visit to the public library may help to inspire your fall crafting with some fun projects. Take, for example, the book “Naturecrafts: 50 Extraordinary Gifts and Projects, Step by Step,” by Gillian Souter. Here you can embrace natural elements such as flowers, seeds, leaves and fruit to design a variety of beautiful gifts. From creating unique cards featuring pressed flowers, shell jewelry and woven baskets from raffia. There is a new idea for every skill level.

Another option would be the text “Quick and Easy Gourd Crafts,” by Mickey Baskett. Given this year’s abundance of rainfall, the gourd crop will be greatly compromised, so finding a gourd and turning it into a craft gift will be all the more special. Whether you paint or carve a design, a beautiful gift awaits your creative touch.

How about a craft your neighbors might enjoy from the book “Scarecrows: Making Harvest Figures and Other Yard Folks,” by Felder Rushing. What was once used to frighten away evil spirits and birds tormenting crops, scarecrows have found a place in gardens dating from the “dark age” of 100 B.C. Today’s creations tend to embody an art form full of color and props that make us laugh. There is no rule of thumb; if you have a prop that a human can operate, a scarecrow can be created to do it better. This book explains how you can create a scarecrow riding a bicycle or lifting a round hay bale. Be sure to notify Dorothy and her friends from Oz to celebrate your accomplishment.

Should you have an outdoor living space that needs a crafty makeover, you might enjoy the book called “Junk: Outdoor Edition,” by Sue Whitney. The author has extensive photos to inspire creativity as you make over a deck, a porch or create an adult retreat in a setting such as tea-for-two, or camping in the backyard. With an eclectic appeal, this text demonstrates how everyday junk can be recycled into functional pieces of living space.

Regardless of one’s skill level, the library has a vast collection of craft books to inspire your fall activities. Stop in at your local library and make your selections soon.

Fall Story Time: Sept. 9-Nov. 29. For more information call 704-216-8234.

Baby Time — A loosely interactive program introducing simple stories and songs to 6- to 23-month-olds and their parents. Headquarters, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; East, Mondays, 10 a.m.

Toddler Time — A program for children 18 to 35 months-old with a parent, focused on sharing books, singing songs and encouraging listening skills. Headquarters, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; East, Monday, 11 a.m.

Tiny Tumblers — A loosely interactive program for children 6 to 35 months old with a parent or caregiver introducing simple stories, musical scarves and instruments. Same program offered two separate days. South, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Time — A program for 3- to 5-year-olds to encourage the exploration of books and to build reading readiness skills. Headquarters, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.; South, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.; East, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Noodle Head Story Time — A program for children ages 4 to 8 to enjoy silly books and tales together. Headquarters, Thursdays, 4 p.m.; South, Mondays, 4 p.m.

Art programs — (South and East will start the week of Sept. 16). Learn different art techniques and start a new art project. Runs weekly during Story Time. Art in the Afternoon, Headquarters, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.; The Paintbrush, South, Wednesdays, 4 p.m.; Art with Char, East, Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Holiday closing: All locations closed for Labor Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

Computer classes: Basic Microsoft Publisher 2007 — Sept. 16, 7 p.m., South; Sept. 17, 1 p.m., East (registration required for East only, call 704-216-8229); Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m., Headquarters.

Learn how to create flyers and brochures using Microsoft Publisher 2007. Classes are free. Sessions are about 90 minutes. Class size is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Dates and times are subject to change without notice.

JR’s Adventure Club: Headquarters, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. Enjoy time building, exploring or discovering something new. Call 704-216-8234 to learn more.

PAC Club: Headquarters, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. “Flat Stanley” with duct tape crafts. Popular Activities and Crafts Club, focusing on a different children’s book series each month. Call 704-216-8234 for more information.

RPL welcomes storyteller Bill Harley: Headquarters, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. Bill is a Grammy-award winning artist who uses story and song to paint an entertaining picture of growing up, schooling and family life. He will do a one-hour family storytelling concert. This event is free and all are welcome.

RPL presents Cheerwine Music Hour concert: Amber Waves band, headquarters, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. The band plays a mixture of bluegrass and folk and original songs. Please enter Stanback Auditorium from the Fisher Street entrance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Book Bites Club: South (only), Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, please call 704-216-8229.

Library closing: Sept. 2, all RPL locations closed for the Labor Day holiday. Regular hours resume Sept. 3 at 9 a.m.

Teen program: All 5:30-7 p.m. Free monthly programs for middle and high school students. Share your favorite books while creating your own tie-dye shirt (please bring your own T-shirt). Questions? Call 704-216-8234. South, Sept. 10; East, Sept. 23; Headquarters, Sept. 24

Displays for September: headquarters, Constitution month by DAR; South, miniature doll houses by Donna Deal and Terri Correll; East, wood by Whitey Harwood.

Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.

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