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Christmas Stockings for Children at Hancock Hope House

On November 21, we decorated 40 stockings. Due to the generous donations of stocking stuffers by our teens and their families, we even had enough to stuff them all.

 

The decorated stockings lined up to dry.

 

Bags of stocking stuffers ready to be stuffed into some stockings.

 

Today (12/11/17), I delivered the stuffed stockings to the Hancock Hope House. Cindy said that any stockings that are not used at the Hope House will be given to kids at the soup kitchen.

Cindy Miller from the Hope House receiving the Christmas Stockings

A huge thank you to those of you who came out to decorate and donated items to put in the stockings. You have brought some Christmas joy to a child this season!

Teens Create Plush Monsters

 Yesterday, the teens created plush monsters. Not only did they show their creativity by creating some truly unique monsters, but they aplush monsterslso learned to sew buttons and different types of stitches.

If you missed out but still want to make your own monster, I have put the instructions below! Just click on the image to make it larger.

 

Instructions to creating your own monster

 

In case you are like me and unfamiliar with the stitches mentioned, I have put the instructions for those here:

 

Teen Magical Lock-in

On Friday, October 13, HCPL hosted a Teen Magical Lock-in. There was pizza, crafts, games, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

In case you missed it, I thought I would post a little piece of the lock-in for you.

One of the crafts we made was a wand. Below are some wand making instructions.

Harry Potter Wands

 

Create a Wand

Materials Needed:

-paper                -paint

       -hot glue                 -paint brushes

-hot glue gun

Instructions:

1. Tightly roll a sheet of paper from the corner.

2. Hot glue the roll securely.

3. Cut ends and then plug them with hot glue to make rounded ends.

4. Use hot glue to create designs on your wand.

5. Let the hot glue harden and cool.

6. Paint your wand.

7. Let dry.

Don’t miss any awesome library events. Check out the Teen Events page for upcoming programs!

Make Pillow Cases for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Yesterday many of you came out to the library to make pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. These kids often stay there for months and being able to personalize a bit of their room might make it feel more comfortable.

If you are interested in making a pillow case for these kids, follow the instructions below and bring them to the desk in the Children’s Room by the end of July. We will take them to the hospital for you.

Supplies

  • Fabric 44″ x 29″  (or 22″ x 29″ when folded in half length-wise)
  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors

Threading the Needle

Look for the eye of the needle (the hole). Then put the thread through this hole, making sure that there are two sides to the thread. Pull the thread until the two sides are hanging either side of the eye of the needle, matching up in length. Tie a knot with the two ends.

 

 

Sewing a Backstitch

Poke the needle down into the fabric, over about a quarter inch and back up again. Pull the thread taut so that the knot lies against the fabric.

  1. Poke the needle down by knot then over and up a quarter inch to the left of the previous needle up position.
  2. Pull thread taut so that thread lies smooth against the fabric.
  3. Put needle down into the fabric at the left hand end of your previous thread loop.
  4. Slide the needle over to the left, underneath the fabric, through the fabric approximately a quarter inch to the left of your last “up” position. Pull the thread taut to get the thread to lay smooth against the fabric.

Note: When you are at the end of a thread, anchor the stitch by weaving the end back through the previous stitches and cut off the extra. Then thread another needle and do it again, starting where you left off.

 

Making the Pillow Case

  1. Fold the fabric in half. Fold it length-wise with the finished sides, or “right” sides, of the fabric together. The unfinished sides, or “wrong” sides, should be facing out.
  2. Stitch the long side and one short side. Use a double threaded needle to make a straight backstitch up the long side of the fabric. Turn the fabric and continue backstitching one of the short sides. When you’re finished, turn the fabric right side out.
  3. Hem the open side. Start by folding the fabric back to create a 1/2-inch hem. Iron the fabric to create a crease. Fold the fabric back again, this time creating a 3-inch hem. Iron the fabric again and use a needle and thread to stitch around the base of the hem to keep it in place.

 

 

 

*Note: All instructions were found on Wiki-How

Teen Summer Reading Club 2017

Guys, it is that wonderful time again. School is ending, the sun is coming out, and Teen Summer Reading Club is starting!

This year you don’t even have to wait to register for our Summer Reading Club. You can register right now!

The Club

  • For those going into 6th grade to 19 years old
  • Officially starts May 31st and ends August 1st
  • Earn 1 ticket for every book you log. Each ticket can be put in a prize box of your choice.
  • After logging 5 books, you get a free book to keep.
  • Print books, graphic novels, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, and 10 children’s books can all be logged.
  • Drawings for prizes will take place on August 2nd. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th

 

The Prizes

 

The Programs

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” so there will be many programs that revolve around that theme.

Some of the programs we have lined up for you are:

You can register right now by clicking on the links!

 

The Volunteer Opportunities

Building a Better World can also mean helping others, which is why we are having some programs where you can earn service hours.

Teens Read the Way: You can help children (age 3 to grade 5) keep their reading skills over the summer by reading with them and doing activities each week. At the end of the 6 weeks, those who volunteered will not only receive signed volunteer service hour letters but also a reward party with pizza and a movie.

Make Hospital Pillow Cases for Kids: Make fun pillow cases for kids in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Not only will it be fun and bring some joy to a kid, but it will also earn you service time and you get to learn some basic sewing.

 

 

So come join us over the summer for fun programs, reading, and prizes!