Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Build a Better World Through Arts & Crafts!

Post Contributed by Susannah Barrington, Library Assistant at the Mockingbird Branch Library

Summer is almost over, and you may be running out of ideas to fill your time.  Find something fun to do at your library!  The theme for the Summer Reading Club this year is "Build a Better World" and our programs reflect that.  Teens and tweens are invited to come to Mockingbird Branch on July 26 to make awesome collage coasters out of busted CDs and DVDs.  This free program starts at 4PM, and all the supplies are provided.

Looking for more ways to make art from recycled materials?  Check out our extensive crafting collection!  We have books on everything from duct tape to old clothes and ceramics.  Here are just a few examples of the books you can take home for more crafting fun!  Check our online catalog for more options!

Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects
Author: Sophie Maletsky
Summary: Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today: duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces.

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
Author: Blair Stocker
Summary: Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home--and yours.

Cool Craft with Old CDs: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids
Author: Carol Sirrine
Summary: Step-by-step instructions for crafts made from old CDs and information about reusing and recycling.

Earth-Friendly Crafts: Clever Ways to Reuse Everyday Items
Author: Kathy Ross
Summary: Provides instructions for using recycled materials to create fifty different crafts and offers tips for an earth-friendly lifestyle.

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