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Fidget Blankets for Greenfield Healthcare Center

Earlier this month some talented teens made fidget blankets (well…more like lap pads) at our program Craft for a Cause: Fidget Blankets. These lap pads are meant to help ease the anxiety felt by people¬†with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Through hard work and two hours of sewing, teens created 25 of these lap pads, each with a clip, zipper, and button for the user to fiddle with when they are feeling anxious. On January 23, these lap pads were donated to Greenfield Healthcare Center.

If you are interested in participating in our next Craft for a Cause or similar programs, keep an eye on Hancock County Public Library’s Teen Calendar.

Blessing Bags – Update

A little bit ago, Greenfield and Sugar Creek teens made blessing bags. On Friday, December 14th, we loaded up my car delivered the blessing bags to the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis.

These blessing bags were stuffed full of items that someone who is homeless would need and some were even decorated to spread some holiday joy. Between the bags put together by teens at Greenfield and at Sugar Creek, we were able to donated 50 bags.

Guys, 50 bags is amazing! If we had any more, we would have had to take multiple trips.

So a big thank you to our awesome teens and parents who donated items and helped create the bags!

Libraries Rock! Teen Summer Reading Club 2018

Summer is coming. That means that it is time to get excited about Teen Summer Reading Club. If haven???t seen me or Shelby at your school yet or you lost our handy-dandy Teen Summer Reading Club handout, I will give you the low down.

How It Works

Teen Summer Reading Club starts on June 1st and ends on August 1st. During this time, every book you log earns you a prize ticket. You can then choose one of ten prize boxes to put your ticket into. At the end of the summer, we draw a winner from each prize box.

The cool thing is you don???t have to just stick to novels. You can log graphic novels, audio books, magazines, and ebooks. Regardless, the more you read, the better your chances are to win one of the awesome prizes mentioned below. Plus when you log 5 books, you automatically get to choose a prize book to keep and a Sky Zone Fishers bookmark that serves as a thirty minute free jump pass.

Programs

Also during Summer Reading Club, the library is hopping with activities and programs for you. So come down some afternoon and join us to watch Into the Woods, or make guitar picks, or play Rock Band on the big screen. We will also be hosting our Lock-in this summer, where you can stay in the library after hours to watch a movie, eat some pizza, and hang out. To wrap up this crazy summer of fun, we will also be throwing a Color Party in July. We will be playing dodge-ball and color war using colored powder. It should be a messy fun time.

As if you needed more of a reason to come, you can win stuff for attending programs. At the end of each program, all participants will be given a??Teen Summer Reading Club Scratch-off. You could win some candy, an extra prize slip, or an extra prize book.

Volunteering

Do you need volunteer hours or would like to help younger kids maintain their reading skills over the summer? If you thought ???Ummm???Yeah,??? you should sign up to be a Teen Volunteer for Teens Read the Way.

Every Thursday for 6 weeks, you can volunteer to be paired up with a Reading Buddy (age 3 to grade 5). For half of the time, you will sit with them and read books in the Children???s Room. (Pssstttt…. once you read 10 children’s books you can log that as one teen book! Just enter the title as “10 children’s books“) The second half you will be having fun with these kiddos doing activities like decorating guitars, going on a scavenger hunt, and making spin drums.

To thank you for your hard work throughout the summer, we throw a pizza party just for our Teen Volunteers. We watch a movie and hand out your Volunteer Letter that is your proof of the service you did this summer.

Prizes

Every book you read and log is another chance at one of these 10 prizes.

$100 Walmart Gift Card

4 thirty-minute free jump passes & Sky Zone swag

Basic Senior Picture Package

 

$50 McCleerey’s gift certificate

 

$50 Lucy Couture gift card

 

$50 Legacy Cinema gift card

 

$25 Indie Art Studio gift certificate

 

$50 Hometown Comics gift certificate

 

$75 Greenfield Music Center gift certificate

 

$50 GameStop gift card

 

Signing Up

You can register in the Teen Summer Reading Club RIGHT NOW. However, you can???t log any books until June 1st (sorry guys).

As an added bonus, by registering you are automatically entered in our Teen Weekly Prize Drawing that will be happening every Monday all summer long. You could win a small gift card to some yummy place around town!

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Cat Toys for P.A.W.S.

On January 16th, HCPL teens made three kinds of cat toys and even brought in some items to donate to Partners for Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.).

The following Thursday (January 18th), I delivered the toys and items to P.A.W.S. It seemed like the cats are really going to enjoy these toys. They were batting them around and one cat even decided to claim one as his own, refusing to share.

 

If you are interested in donating to P.A.W.S., click here??for ideas of what would be most useful for them.

 

Cat Toy Instructions

If you would like to make your own cat toys, below are the directions for the ones made during the program.

 

 

 

 

 


Note:??Instructions and pictures for cat toy instructions are from BabySavers, Friskies DIY Toys, and Craft Forest.

 

 

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!