Everyday Education - Getting Creative In Transylvania County Library


March 27, 2017

April is always an exciting time, especially at the Transylvania County Library. Spring has just arrived and summer is around the corner. It’s also the most creative time of the year in the Youth Services area at the library. Every year before the staff gets ready for our annual Summer Reading program, we offer a variety of creative endeavors for youth.

Libraries are often singularly related to books; however, the Transylvania County Library offers much more. We want our community to come to the library to find inspiration, whether through books, collaboration with peers or through programs. Offering creative opportunities at the library is one way of helping youth to find inspiration. Art allows for personal expression without boundaries and often offers an outlet for stress. The library’s Artistic Afternoons in April offer youth ages 7 to 14 the chance to explore a variety of art forms with artists in our own community. Music, pottery, drawing and photography are all part of the fun this year.

On April 4 we’ll have a stringed instrument discovery workshop with Bradford Carson, instructor for JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians of Transylvania County) for ages 7 to 10. Also for this age group on April 18 there will be a workshop where participants learn to draw birds with pastel chalks with Deborah Kidwell of ART Works. For youth ages 11 to 14, we have an introduction to pottery making with Nick Friedman of Duckpond Pottery on April 11, and a science and art blend with plants and plant cells with photographer Terry Ashley on April 25.

The library even has creative opportunities for our youngest community members through our Tuesday Hullabaloos in April. Not only are the storytime sessions of Hullabaloo a great way to build early literacy skills for children birth to 5, the Crafty Kids program that is a part of Hullabaloo allows for children to discover their creative side. This time also helps to develop some crucial kindergarten readiness skills. Cutting with scissors, drawing with crayons, painting, and tearing tissue paper or tape all help to build children’s fine motor skills, which will later help when they are learning to write.

The Teen Drawing Club, an idea which stemmed from the Teen Advisory Panel at the library, is another excellent way to get creative at the library. The club meets the second and fourth Mondays of every month and provides a collaborative space for teens to create and share work and techniques with other teens.

If all of these creative programs aren’t enough, April is also National Poetry Month. Drop by the Teen Space at the library and put your imagination to work linking words to create inspiring morsels of poetry using our magnetic poetry board. To dive deeper into the world of poetry, explore our collection of poetry books. For those interested in longer stories using poetry as a narrative, a novel in verse may be in order. The library has many to choose from on many different topics and these books are often a great place to start for youth who are reluctant to pick up a regular novel. These books typically fill half or less than half of the page with words and sometimes the way the printed words appear on the page are often creatively placed to show meaning and emotion.

The library will also have an interactive art display for children where they can color their own forest animal and create a Haiku poem to go onto a forest backdrop which will be on display throughout the month of April. For information about joining in the fun at the Transylvania County Library, stop by or call us at 884-3151 ext. 3. Some programming does require registration. No matter what your creative interests are, the library can help inspire your imagination.

(Brock is youth services librarian for the Transylvania County Library.)


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