Celebrate National Crafting Month at your library branch

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to do a new craft, or sit around with other people while you craft, the Library is your place, especially during the month of March. And you don't have to come to just one branch; we have crafting events all over the place.

On Tuesdays, the Newberry Needlecrafters meet up at 1:00 p.m. to work on their projects and hang out with other crafty folks.

quilting by hand

High Springs is home to the Crafter's Circle, which takes place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. This group is open to teens, seniors, and all ages in-between. High Springs is also home to The Rug Bunch, which meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:00 p.m. This group is suitable for adults and seniors who want to crochet their own rag rugs. Beginners are welcome to join this group.

Craft Boot Camp, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights in March at Headquarters, will be four exciting evenings of learning new crafts. On March 6th, you can make decorative soaps. On March 13th, you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of cross-stitch. On March 20th, an instructor will demonstrate the basics of knitting. On March 27th, you will be able to make your own greeting cards.  

paper craft

On Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at Headquarters, we have art classes with local artist and teacher Marco Razo, who is being featured in the March ArtWalk in downtown Gainesville.

The Gainesville Modern Quilters Club meets on Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Millhopper Branch. This meeting provides a forum for learning and sharing new methods of quilting.  

The Alachua Needlers meet on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. at the Alachua Branch Library. Bring your needlework and socialize with other folks who play with sharp objects and UFOs

Are you interested in beading and making your own jewelry? Join Beading for Adults at the Library Partnership on Tuesday, March 12th and 26th at 3:30 p.m. This is a class for beginners, so don't worry if you don't know what you are doing.

Teens are invited to join the Teen Craft Club at the Newberry Branch every second Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.  Make your own masterpiece, and hang out with the other cool kids at the Library.  The High Springs Branch is also offering a special craft event for teens: the Recycled Crafts and Water Walk Talk. Participants will be able to make cool jewelry from old dominoes and Scrabble tiles, while at the same time discussing the book "A Long Walk to Water," by Linda Sue Park. This event is being held on Tuesday, March 19th, at 4:00 p.m.

 We also offer regular and special crafting programs for kidsBeading Just For Youth takes place on March 5th and March 19th at 3:30 p.m. at the Library Partnership.  Kids ages 5 - 11 can learn beading techniques and make cool jewelry. The Alachua Branch hosts weekly meetings of the Lego Club on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Preteens meet to create challenging sculptures (and also to figure out sneaky ways to hide Legos in places barefoot adults will step on them in the middle of the night!)  paperbag puppet

There is a Puppet Workshop at Tower Road on March 4th at 4:00 pm, where kids ages 3-11 can make their own puppets using ordinary objects such as spoons and paper bags.  On March 11th at Tower Road, kids ages 3-11 will be able to Spring Forward with Spring Flowers by making a beautiful bouquet with recycled books and tissue paper.  For St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, kids ages 3-11 are invited to come to Library Headquarters to make St. Patrick's Day bookmarks.  Will they be shamrocks?  Or snakes?  Speaking of reptiles, why not bring the kids down to Headquarters on Wednesday, March 20th, where they can participate in a Croc Craft?  If your kids aren't in to reptiles, take them to the High Springs Branch on Tuesday, March 26th at 3:00 pm, where they can make either a bunny-rific or a chick-tastic Easter craft.

So what are you waiting for? Make March fun!


Posted by LisaF on March 3, 2013