In an effort to utilize the Makerspace room (read a post about this area here) and spread a habit of creativity, RPL holds a themed monthly craft. Since this craft is available on the third Monday of the month during normal library hours and invites patrons to drop in, it is affectionately named “Pop-Up Craft.”
Most of the crafts are geared towards children, but families and adults can enjoy working together with younger patrons to complete the project. Our most recent Pop-Up Craft allowed patrons to create their own library card holder. Since September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, we wanted to further encourage the excitement about having a library card, especially among younger patrons.
Every month, the white tables in the Makerspace room will be set up with instructions and materials. Each craft is kept simple so the patrons can independently study the directions and complete the project. There is always a sample pre-made to act as a guide for the participants and to ensure that all aspects of the craft operate properly.
The monthly craft is prepared with a theme in mind, whether it is a holiday, season, or library event. For example, the crafts in July and August were an Alien Flying Saucer and an Alien Finger Puppet in honor of the Summer Reading Quest theme: A Universe of Stories.
The crafts vary from decorations, such as a patriotic sun catcher, to interactive toys, like paper rockets. No matter what the craft, they are usually brief projects that can be completed on a normal visit to the library. Registration is NOT required, but the craft is only available while supplies last. So even if you don’t plan on attending in advance, you can drop in when you see the sign on the third Monday of every month.
There are often supplies left over, and we sometimes leave the craft on the tables until the space is needed for another event. We appreciate patrons’ enthusiasm for this ongoing event, and we invite you to engage with this activity monthly. The work put into preparation is well worth it when we see patrons enjoying the craft and sharing their completed creations.
Thank you for your support.