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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!

Get Crafty!

 

Giving gifts is part of the winter holiday season and finding thoughtful gifts for friends and family is always a challenge. To completely dominate this year’s challenge of gift giving, you should make your gift. Here is why:

  1. Its inexpensive, possibly even free.
  2. Its says “I like you enough to spend some time on you.”
  3. It subtly brags about your awesome artistic skills.
  4. You can customize the craft for the person.
  5. Crafting is FUN!

Now, I bet you are like, “I want to do this! But what should I make?!?!” Well, my friends, the Hancock County Public Library has you covered. Below are some books that you can check out to get your creative juices flowing:

 

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Adventure time crafts : flippin’ adorable stuff to make from the Land of Ooo

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The Complete photo guide to ribbon crafts

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Recyclo-gami : 40 crafts to make your friends green with envy! 

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Fabrigami : the origami art of folding cloth to create decorative and useful objects

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Crafting with fleece

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Simply paper cutting : hand-cut paper projects for home décor, stationery & gifts

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Crazy-cool duct tape projects : fun and funky projects for fashion and flair

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Crochet 101 : a workshop in a book

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Sew kawaii! : 22 simple sewing projects for cool kids of all ages

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World of geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-coolcraft projects

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The Star wars craft book

 

 

This Week in a Photo

It’s the 2nd week of December, and it’s going to be a big one at HCPL. 🙂

I’m sure you’ve all been dying of anticipation for Guardians of the Galaxy to come out on DVD like me, AND the day is finally almost upon us TOMORROW (12/9)!!! To celebrate this joyous occasion, we will be throwing a costume/ DVD release party in Greenfield. Come dressed as your favorite GOTG character or other Marvel character (school appropriate, please), vote on your favorite costume, and watch the movie. This event will make you leave saying, “I am Groot!”

dec 9-10 LG

The next day (Wed. Dec. 10) will be full of fluffy fun at our DIY Tube Animal Pillow program! Perfect as a holiday present or as a gift to yourself, these fleecy pillow pals are the perfect prop for late-night reading. By popular request we will be watching The Polar Express while we make our pillows, so expect hot chocolate too!

And as an on-going event, please make an ornament for our teen room tree! I have plenty of sonic screwdrivers, Tardis, Homestuck characters, Batmans, Rocket and Groots, etc. I will print ornaments by request as well – Just ask.

Have an awesome week. See you at the library!

Sarah